Aerosol Cans. How do you get stuff out of one that is broken?

I'm asking the seniors because I just KNOW someone out there will know the answer to this or will have tried to do this themselves and maybe found a way of doing it. I've got a full can of spray paint which was quite expensive. After a few sprays, the little squirty toggly thing on the top has broken and it doesn't depress any more so I'm left with all that expensive paint locked into a pressurised can which I'm frightened to pierce to get the paint out in case it explodes all over me. Have I got to throw it away and waste my much-needed paint....or is there a sneaky way of getting into the can, if only to be able to pour the contents into something else with a screw top? Help all you DIYers. Thanks in advance.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Let it go, just let it go. If you try and "sneak" your way into the can you will end up causing it to explode in your face.

  • daisy
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    I have even pulled the nozzle off and tried to clean it out with a needle or a pin, but chances are, that won't work either. I have just wrote it off as a loss. To try anything else would cause the thing to explode in your face. Don't mess with it.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I agree with CO, take it back and get it replaced. Even without a receipt most legitimate stores will replace it. Or you can try taking another one of those "squirty toggly thingies" from another can and replace the one that's broken. It won't be dangerous and it just might work (hubby's suggestion).

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If I didn't have a replacement spray button I'd take it back to the store or forget about using it. I never fool around with aerosol cans. .You can poke your eye out.

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  • If you can find another little thingy to put on top and spray again you can do that, I done that before too..

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Do NOT mess around with it.

    Return it to the store and get a replacement.

  • 1 decade ago

    Either take it back to the paint store & ask or toss it it in the hazardous waste trash.

  • john
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The best DIYs can be found at independent hardware stores.Go to your local Ace Hardware and you are sure to get some help.

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