beer can lidding

Beer & Soda Can Lid Installation

We provide a full range of lidding services including lid installation, drinking cup conversion, and stretching cans.  We only do repair on indoor cans. We can repair:

    • 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, & 16 oz beer and soda cans
    • 12 oz cone tops and bottoms
    • crowntainers
    • quarts

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.

Stretching Cans:

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.

Below is our pricing.  Call Art at 858-900-3308 or e-mail us pictures of your cans at to discuss the price for your project.   Please note the prices are for labor only; the cost of lids is extra.

Flat Tops & Pull Tabs:

    • Add new lid to a can – $10
    • Add new lid to can with a rolled lip or existing rim – $15.
    • Add either donor top or bottom – $25.
    • Add donor lid to can with rolled lip – $30.
    • Convert drinking cup, with handle, into a can – $40.
    • Stretch can to hide gear marks – $50.

Cone Tops (12 oz):

    • Add cone bottom or spout – $30.
    • Convert drinking cup, with handle, into a can – $45.


    • Add bottom – $40.


    • Add spout or bottom – $50.

Shipping & Insurance:

The customer is responsible for shipping and insurance costs. If insurance is not requested then it is the customer’s responsibility for any cans that are damaged or lost during the shipping process. The USPS will be used to ship cans.

Terms & Conditions:

Repair work will only be completed if the customer agrees to the disclaimer and if they sell the can that they will disclose the work that has been done.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         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 unuseable.  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.