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KEEPING OLD PAINT FRESH THE PAINTER’S WAY

KEEPING OLD PAINT FRESH THE PAINTER’S WAY

Jars Are Your Best Friend

My brother is a painting contractor and I have learned so many painting tips from him, I have helped him with house painting and office painting when the jobs were not too technical or too high - I hate heights and so no ladders for me.

JARS

With larger, industrial painting jobs, no-one really bothers about leftover paint. But whenever John is painting a house, he always advises his clients to get some jars. There is nothing worse than needing a small amount of paint to cover a scuff or scratch once your painting contractor is long gone, only to find that it has dried up in the bottom of the paint can.  Jars will do the trick.

If you know you are going to be doing some painting, keep your old spaghetti and jam jars. Pour any leftover paint into the jars, and the screw tops will keep the paint fresh and prevent it from drying out.

LABELS

Once you have poured any leftover paint into your jars, don’t forget to label them. You may think you know the difference now between Sahara Sand and Desert Dusk, but give it a couple of months and I know I certainly won’t be able to remember.

TAKE A PICTURE OF THE PAINT CAN LABEL

It is best to store the paint with as much information as possible in case you need to reorder and remix it is the future. Take a picture of the label on the paint can that shows how the color was mixed. Make sure you also have the make and place you bought it.

Add the date of putting the paint in the jar, plus which room in the house the paint was used for. You will be very grateful you did all this when you have to make a new paint purchase. We recently had a plumbing incident that involved two big holes being cut into the drywall in our living room. Once the drywall had been replaced, the whole wall obviously needed painting. Although I didn’t have enough paint left for the whole job, I had all the information I needed on my label to buy new paint without hassle or fretting.

By Jane Noble