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TIPS FROM TOP PAINTING CONTRACTORS ON STORING PAINT

TIPS FROM TOP PAINTING CONTRACTORS ON STORING PAINT

A Little Extra Care

If you only have a little paint left after your Pasadena painting project, then jars are a great idea for storage. Read our blog post KEEPING OLD PAINT FRESH THE PAINTER’S WAY.  At the end of your painting project you can assess how much leftover paint you have and what is the top way to store it. While you are still in the middle of your painting job, you maye need to break for a few days and want to make sure that the paint does not dry out in any way. There is a little more to putting the paint lid back on than meets the eye.

SEAL IT WELL

My brother is a painting contractor and is a mine of information when it comes to painting tips and valuable painting advice. He showed me how best to seal paint cans. Before putting the lid on, clean paint out of the sealing rim and off the sides. Then comes the piece of information that will make resuming your painting project a breeze. Stretch a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the can. Plastic wrap is the painting contractor’s friend. Position the lid, and gently tap all the way around with a rubber mallet. Don’t bash it with a hammer as this will distort the lid and you’ll never get it to fit.  Check to make sure the lid fits tightly. The plastic wrap works wonders.

CHOOSE A COOL LOCATION

Extreme heat or cold will ruin paint. Don’t leave paint out in the sun. Choose a cool, dry location such as a basement. Any moisture will rust the paint cans even in a few days.

USE A KEY

When you reopen a can, use a special paint key that won’t damage the lid. The lid will come off much easier if you used the plastic wrap.

SHELF LIFE

Water based paint typically has a shelf life of about ten years. Solvent or oil-based paint can last up to fifteen years.  This is assuming the cans are full and properly sealed.

By Jane Noble