Lidding – Donor Lids
We only do can repair on indoor cans.
If you are providing the lids the donor can must be an indoor can and not a dumper. If you want us to provide the lids you can purchase them by clicking:
Return postage will be calculated on the checkout page. Please mail cans to:Art LaComb 1223 Agate St San Diego CA 92109
Upon receipt of the can, we will inspect it to verify that your selected options reflect the actual damage. If there are any additional costs, we will contact you prior to starting repairs.
Prior to completing any work, you must agree to our disclaimer
If you have a unique can repair project, call us at 817-266-9567 for a quote.
No guarantees are made regarding the quality of the work as the condition of the metal and paint on older cans varies sometimes resulting in unpredictable results. Working on cans may result in the following damage:
- When stretching a can the flange may crack thus making it impossible to stretch the can.
- When stretching a can the condition of the flange is unknown and occasionally the paint on it is discolored or damaged. This will impact how the newly exposed paint matches with the rest of the can.
- Paint may crack,chip, or peel during the process of taking off the lid, removing dents, removing drinking cup handles, rolling up the lips on drinking cups, or when stretching a can.
- Lids may crack or become damaged during the removal process making them unusuable. If this occurs, the customer is responsible for finding a suitable donor lid.
- It is possible the flat sheet may develop scratches during the rolling process. Steps are taken to minimize this, but the risk can not be completely eliminated.
- When rolling a can, the metal can crack when forming the seam. This is out of our control and when it happens the can can't be rolled.
- Due to circumstances beyond our control paint may crack, chip, or peel during the repair process.
- Due to the unpredictable aging of old metal it is possible that the soldered seam may develop tarnish or corrosion. If this occurs the area can be cleaned up with steel wool.
Steps are taken to minimize the risk of damage. We will let you know if we foresee a significant chance of damage prior to starting the work. Due to the unpredictable nature of older cans we are not responsible for any damage that results during the can repair process.
We provide a full range of lidding services including lid installation, drinking cup conversion, and stretching cans. We can repair:
- 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, & 16 oz beer and soda cans
- 12 oz cone tops and bottoms
Attention is paid to ensure top quality work is completed on each can. The repairs are done in a way that the work is almost undetectable. This is done by either reusing the original lid or using a donor lid from a similar vintage can.
* Please do not request that we replace a lid with a different style than what the can originally came with. For example, we will not replace a pull tab lid with a flat top or a standard pull tab with a zip tab. We take integrity seriously and want to ensure that the work that we do is as close to original as possible.
It is the customer's responsibility to provide the donor can to ensure you will be happy with how the lid matches the overall condition of the can. The used donor can will not be returned. We have a supply of donor lids available. Prices vary depending on the style of the lid.
We prefer not to install brand new lids as the results are inferior to using a donor can. It is the customer's responsibility to provide new lids. On occasion we have a limited supply of new lids. As this method requires less time the work can be done for a lower price. The labor to install a new lid is typically $5 - $10.
To stretch a can both the top and bottom lid must be removed. There is a flange under the lid that can be used to increase the height of the can. This also allows gear marks to be removed while still preserving the correct can height. The outcome of stretching can be unpredictable as it relies on the condition of the metal and the paint under the rim.