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G-dog

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Recover product from aerosol can that has gone 'flat'
« on: November 19, 2015, 02:25:46 PM »
I have a can of spray on moisturizer that has gone flat with at least half the product remaining. Any idea if or how I can get the remains product. I hat to toss this out!

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Re: Recover product from aerosol can that has gone 'flat'
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2015, 02:36:31 PM »
Place the can upside down between the jaws of a bench vise, put a rag over the top, and hammer a nail down to pierce a hole in the bottom, through the rag. Once the pressure is released, you can just use a can opener to make a larger opening and empty the content. Use normal safety precautions and wear safety glasses, and do this in a well-ventilated area in case the propellant is flammable. I did it once to get some lubricant out of a nearly-full can, and nothing whatsoever happened when I pierced the hole through the can and I was able to retrieve the whole content. Again, use caution and good safety measures just in case.

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Re: Recover product from aerosol can that has gone 'flat'
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2015, 02:53:10 PM »
I step on them first before cutting them open.  The pressure generated by crushing the sides of the can in is usually enough to give you a few more squirts.  Gently warming the can with hot water (before crushing) can give you a little pressure as well, just don't go overboard.  In the future, try to avoid aerosol products if you can.  They are usually much more expensive per unit vs. the alternatives.   

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Re: Recover product from aerosol can that has gone 'flat'
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2015, 03:31:50 PM »
Thanks for the ideas. I got this for free as part of a testing panel, I still hate to just toss it out.

Cheap or frugal??  Not sure, but worth it to try to recover if there is a safe way to do it!