How to pour a five gallon can of paint

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How to pour a five gallon can of paint
Purchase a plastic pour spout to help ease the task of pouring paint from a 5-gallon bucket. (brush in paint image by Vladislav Gajic from

A 5-gallon bucket of paint weighs approximately 22.7 Kilogram and pouring paint out of this container can be a tricky feat. Most of these plastic buckets are equipped with a hole on the cover, allowing the user to control the amount of paint that flows out when the bucket is tipped. For best results, however, purchase a 5-gallon paint bucket spout at your local hardware store to make pouring the paint into a smaller container more convenient. A spout can cost as little as 80p and can be easily cleaned after each use.

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Things you need

  • 5-gallon bucket of paint
  • Screw-on plastic pour spout
  • Paper towel or rag
  • Empty 1-gallon paint can or plastic tray

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  1. 1

    Open the pour hole on the cover of the 5-gallon paint can by screwing off the cap. Turn the cap counterclockwise to remove. Position the plastic pour spout over the opening and turn clockwise to screw on the spout.

  2. 2

    Position an empty 1-gallon paint or paint tray beside the 5-gallon bucket. Grasp the handle of the bucket and gently tip the bucket toward the smaller container until paint begins to flow out of the spout.

  3. 3

    Fill the smaller receptacle to the desired level. When finished, return the 5-gallon bucket to the upright position and wipe any paint dribbles from the side of the bucket with a paper towel or rag.

Tips and warnings

  • As you empty more paint out of the 5-gallon bucket, it will become lighter and you will be able to lift the bucket and pour the paint into a smaller paint can or tray rather than tipping it.

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