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Buyer's Guide to Metal Tins & Cans
September 7, 2023
Buyer's Guide to Metal Tins & Cans

Buyer's Guide to Metal Tins & Cans from BASCO

Why Buy Metal Tins & Cans from BASCO?

With a wide selection of stocked metal cans and tins, BASCO can almost certainly provide you with the perfect container for the job. Whether you're looking for a container for paints, lacquers, and solvents, or even for foods, beverages, or pharmaceuticals, we're here to help. 

BASCO's small packaging is affordable, high quality, and in stock all across the United States. From 1/2 pint up to 30 pound containers, BASCO has you covered. Call or email us today for a quote!

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What is the Difference between a Tin and a Can?

Historically, the term "tin" referred to a container made of tinplate, which is a thin sheet of steel or iron coated with tin to prevent corrosion. These tinplates were commonly used in the production of food and beverage containers, such as cans for canned goods. However, modern cans are typically made of aluminum or steel, with a protective coating, rather than being made entirely of tin.

In modern usage, the term "can" is more general and encompasses a broader range of containers made from various materials, including aluminum, steel, and even plastic. Cans are often used for storing food, beverages, or other goods, and they come in different shapes and sizes.

What Paint Cans, F Style Cans, Cone Top Cans, Utility Cans, and Slip Cover Tins are specifically used for?

Paint Cans: Paint cans are primarily used for storing and transporting paint. They provide a sealed and durable container to protect the paint from air, moisture, and contaminants. Paint cans are designed to accommodate different paint types and sizes, allowing for easy handling, labeling, and preservation of the paint.

F Style Cans: F style cans, also known as F-Style containers, are versatile rectangular-shaped cans typically made of metal, such as steel or tinplate. They find applications beyond paint storage and are commonly used for chemicals, solvents, adhesives, sealants, automotive fluids, and agricultural products. Their robust construction and tight sealing properties make them suitable for storing potentially hazardous substances.

Cone Top Cans: Cone top cans are cylindrical cans with a rounded top that narrows to a cone-shaped lid. These cans were historically used for packaging beverages such as beer and soda. They were popular in the mid-20th century and are still occasionally used for limited edition or specialty beverages. Cone top cans are primarily valued for their aesthetic appeal and vintage charm.

Utility Cans: Utility cans, also known as general-purpose cans, are multipurpose containers used for a wide range of storage needs. They are typically made of metal or plastic and come in various shapes and sizes. Utility cans are often used to store household items, dry goods, small tools, hardware, and other miscellaneous items. They are durable, stackable, and provide convenient storage solutions for organizing various materials.

Slip Cover Tins: Slip cover tins, also referred to as slip lid tins or slip top tins, are cylindrical containers with a removable slip-on lid. They are commonly used for packaging items such as mints, candies, cosmetics, spices, and small accessories. Slip cover tins offer a secure closure and are visually appealing, making them suitable for retail display purposes. They come in different sizes and can be reused or repurposed once the original contents are consumed.

Overall, each type of can mentioned serves specific purposes based on their design, material, and features. They provide containment, protection, and ease of handling for a variety of products, ranging from paints and chemicals to beverages and small items.

What are the different types of lids for metal tins and cans?

Metal tins and cans can have various types of lids and caps, depending on the intended use, sealing requirements, and ease of access. Here are some common types of lids found on metal tins and cans.

Slip-Cover Lids: Slip-on lids, also known as friction-fit lids or press-on lids, are designed to fit snugly onto the top of the can or tin. They require pressure to be applied for secure closure. Slip-on lids are often used for slip cover tins and some utility cans.

Screw-Top Lids: Screw-top lids feature threads on the inside of the lid that match the threads on the can or tin's opening. These lids are twisted or screwed onto the container, providing a tight and secure seal. Screw-top lids are commonly found on jars, cans of food, and some metal tins.

Plug Lids: Plug lids, also known as press-on lids or snap-on lids, feature a design where the lid is pressed firmly onto the can or tin, creating a tight seal. These are commonly used for paint cans and other industrial containers where a secure closure is necessary.

These are just a few examples of lid types used for metal tins and cans. The specific type of lid chosen depends on factors such as the product being packaged, sealing requirements, ease of use, and desired aesthetic appeal.

Do you need metal cans and tins in your industry? Contact us today!

With our longstanding history in the realm of industrial containers, both large and small alike, we at BASCO have developed a unique understanding of the minutiae surrounding the details of packaging, and we’re more than prepared to help you get the right container for your applications. At BASCO, we apply our knowledge day-in and day-out, not only to provide support to our partners and customers, but to stock our warehouses with an array of packaging that can be considered comprehensive. 

BASCO has been around for over 75 years and we have the knowledge and expertise to help guide you with all your metal tin and can questions or concerns. Contact someone from the team today and we can help you feel confident in getting the supplies you need!