Storing paint seems like one of the easiest tasks you can do! Everybody has a paint collection somewhere in their house for touch-ups years down the line. But did you know that the way you store paint strongly affects the life of the paint? Here are the best tips to safeguard your paint!
The best way to make sure you can use your paint again is to use it right the first time! Many open their paint cans with screwdrivers, however, this can be detrimental to the airtight seal which is mandatory to resealing the paint can when you are done. A paint can opener is the best way to certify your paint can will be able to close appropriately. Additionally, a paint can spout is necessary to ensure no paint gets into the groove around the lid. Using these tools sets you up for a long use of your paint.
After you are done using your paint, resealing correctly is key. If you only have a small amount of paint left, pour the paint into smaller containers. This keeps the paint fresher by lowering to a ratio of air to paint. It also saves space in your closet! Make sure the sides of the paint can are clean and all excess paint is wiped off from the sides. This will guarantee these dried flakes do not fall into the wet paint when you reopen the cans. Next, you’ll want to reseal the paint can. This container needs to be airtight. Place a sheet of plastic wrap over the can and then the lid. Use a rubber mallet to get the lid back on without forming any dents. When the lid is on, you will need to let the air create its own seal. Do this by turning the can upside down. If you are nervous about spillage, turn these cans upside down in a plastic box. This can also make it easier to move and contain the cans together. Label each can with the color, type, and corresponding room.
Unsurprisingly, the most important factor in saving the freshness of your paint is the temperature at which they are stored. Here are some good guidelines to follow for storage at your home! The storage location should be cool but not too cool and furthermore, it should be dark and dry. For instance, if the area is too hot the paint will completely dry. If the area is too cold the paint will separate and become curdled. If the air has too much moisture, the cans will rust and parts of rust can flake off and contaminate the wet paint. Now as far as areas to stow, many stow their paint collection in their garages or outdoor garden sheds. These are two of the worst places to keep your paint because the temperature fluctuates drastically with the seasons. Make sure your storage place has good temperature control, such as a vacant closet in your home!.
If you had incorrectly stored your paint before reading this article, just sniff it to make sure your supply is still fresh. You can also mix the paint with a stir stick and brush some on a test surface to examine the spread of the paint is compatible with that in your home. In either test, simply remember “when in doubt, throw it out.” Anything that does not smell or spread like normal paint, should be thrown out. Check out our blog for more storage tips!