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Consumer Product Design - The Spill Seal

A simple solution to managing paint spillage and waste

The Spill Seal is a simple solution to a simple problem- managing paint spillage and waste. Requiring a custom moulded section to suit a range of tins and withstand any commercial paint system and solvents means there's more to this product than meets the eye.

Project vision and approach

The Spill Seal had to be a very low cost, yet durable and dependable product. The Seal needs to fit a range of cans snugly, and allow easy clean-up and management of paint and waste.

Idea to Life worked with the customer to iterate the original concept, assessing a wide range of manufacturing techniques, before settling on a custom-moulded component made from natural rubber.


As a fully capable, vertically integrated design hub Idea to Life was able to assist the client with nearly the entire lifecycle, from developing the client's prototypes and concepts, developing samples from a range of material, testing material compatibility and producing the moulds, finished components and packaging.


The Spill Seal offers an easy way to bridge the gap in paint tins, facilitating pouring, clean-up and reducing waste from improper storage.


Idea to Life worked closely with the client to rapidly iterate concepts and assess a range of manufacturing techniques.


Concept development







Idea to Life delivered a simple, low cost product, packaged, branded and ready to distribute.

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