Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Opening Tube Paints

Ever had trouble opening a Tube of paint where it has dried tight closed.  Like me, you have probably grabbed a cloth or tissue to get some grip on the tube.   Well, I headed for my husband's toolbox and grabbed the pliers....

and I kept them!  

They have proved to be so useful on so many occasions...


  1. Old hands need new tricks! I do this all the time too! :)

  2. Haha, I've done the same! lol Holding the top of the tube under a hot tap for a minute will make it easier to open. And when I still was painting en plein air, I learned that holding the top in a flame of a match or a lighter also helped. But it leaves a black stain on the plastic. (I love sharing these tips! We know so much all together!) :)

  3. Here's another tip if it is a tube of watercolor. You just need hot water and the dried up paint will liquify .

  4. You're all great for adding your Tips and Tricks - Thanks so much :-)

  5. Pliers are so great for opening paint tubes that are stuck. I've tried nutcrackers but they seem to strip the grooves on the outside of the caps. It is a great well as running it under hot water if it is available.

    1. Glad you like this tip Joan. Yes, I've done the hot water thing too, but to be honest I find sitting in my art room - studio, it's much easier to grab the pliers.