Best choice for paint packaging? Paint can

- Mar 19, 2018-

Cylindrical tinplate containers are the classic packaging for paint, lacquer and wood-stains. The shape is round, the trunk is straight (so it cannot be stacked) and there is a ring at the top in which the lid closes. The ring can be RL shaped (lid closes on the inside of the ring) or TT shaped (lid falls inside the ring and closes at three places as it were).

Cylindrical tinplate packaging


The size ranges from 20 ml to 10 litre. Nowadays, the most common cylindrical tinplate packaging ranges from 75 ml to 5.5 litre. The standard sizes are produced at high speed and are they are the most common type on sale at DIY shops. The diameter in combination with the height determines the capacity. The most standard diameters are: 60 mm, 75 mm, 85 mm, 99 mm, 107 mm, 152 mm, 167 mm and 178 mm.



The sizes from 2 litres upwards are usually provided with a handle in order to carry the container more easily and to enable people to hang it for example. Cylindrical containers can be decorated in different ways: labels, digital printing or offset printing. Labelling is a very common option. A cut-out has to be made for the bale ears in the sizes with a handle. Cylindrical tin containers are easier to label than conical tin containers, because of the straight shape of the trunk. In addition to this, the whole container can be labelled in one movement (unlike rectangular containers, which need 2 labels).

By far the most common method of printing containers is by offset printing. This printing technique does involve minimum printing orders. Digital printing is already possible in smaller numbers from 75 ml to 6 litre tin containers. The Hildering Colour Can is a striking example of this. The minimum number of tin containers to be printed is thereby reduced to 2 pallets per size. You can find more information in our brochure about the Hildering Colour Can.

Offset printing is a technique that is able to translate all the demands that may be made of a decorated container into a perfect looking product. The numbers at which offset printing becomes an attractive option are relatively high compared to digital printing.