Sealing an antique tin to be food safe

Shirley S
by Shirley S
I have an antique canister set of my Mothers that I want to use. It is about 60 years old and the inside was a tiny bit rusted, but I cleaned. Also, after carefully washing the paint on the outside is chipping and pealing a bit. What can I use to seal it and still be food safe. Other items I have used are a clear low odor permanent sealer from Krylon. But I am unsure if it's food safe if I use the canisters for flour and sugar.
  3 answers
  • Darla Darla on Aug 05, 2014
    Why don't you put the flour and sugar in food storage bags inside the canisters? Then you won't have to worry about it. Shellac is a food-safe sealer but not very durable; water based polyurethane ought to be safe for the outside. It's used for table tops,after all.

  • Shirley S Shirley S on Aug 05, 2014
    I thought of that but I am in and out of it so often the bags would get in the way, flop over,etc. I am going to use the Krylon sealer on the outside. The inside is all clean just coating wore off. Thank you Darla for your idea!

  • Shirley S Shirley S on Aug 09, 2014
    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.