Because I am a packrat ("Don't throw that away! It's METAL!") I have a
small collection of those painted cookie tins that all-too-recently held
Now I want to either remove all the paint, or just paint over the
existing garishness. What to do?
if you gonna put small parts in there dont remove the paint, its just
gonna rust.. and if you use brake fluid like another poster suggested
then it might just east up the metal also.. just stick with the painted
metal, put a decal on the lid so you know what is inside....
Never paint over them or throw them away because sure as shootin' if you do
thirty years from now you will find some collectors group that will pay a small
fortune for that cookie tin you trashed. Instead build nice leather covers to
protect the outside and line them with velvet or something similar to protect
the inside. I am saying this because I just saw an episode of "ANTIQUES
ROADSHOW" that said the old Howdy Doody lunchbox that I carried to school would
be worth $300 or more if I still had it. IIRC after I spilled honey all over
the inside of mine I used it for target practice with my trusty. 22 rifle.
Carby cleaner tends to make them bubble up and slough off. At least
on the cans I oversprayed by accident..sigh
"Gun Control, the theory that a 110lb grandmother should
fist fight a 250lb 19yr old criminal"
I just leave them as-is. "Where's the compression tester? In the box with
the holly on it!" I've painted some with a coat of automotive primer to
hide the design, and then a top coat of any rattle can paint. Hope this
One wall of my shop has 1 x 2" wood strips nailed to the open studs
every 6" covering 6 stud spaces 7 high. Each space thus created holds
three tobacco tins (half pound) for small hardware items. Labels are
1.5 x 14" strips of paper printed up on the computer and held on with
2" clear packaging tape. I collected these tins before my teeth quit
supporting my pipe. An alternate modern container in this household
would be coffee cans with their snap on plastic lids.
Cookie tins are evil, unless of course, SWMBO has just filled them!