Over the past five years, the U.S. Painters industry has grown by 4.2% to reach a revenue of $43 billion in 2019. However, despite such financial gains, many unsuspecting homeowners allow their unused paints to unnecessarily dry up. Avoid the tragedy of brittle, unused paint with this guide to storing paint properly. You’ll be able to salvage your paint to use for future projects and become a more responsible paint proprietor.
Pick a New Container
When you have just a little bit of paint left, don’t store it in the same container. Paint is much more likely to get dry if you store it in a large container with empty space. Keep your paint in smaller glass jars or metal tins so that it has less contact with air. This will not only keep your paint from drying out but will also give you more storage space as you won’t need to contend with the hassle of bulky tins. When you safely store your paints in their new homes, make note of their color, brand, and which room you used them in. Dab some of the paint color on the lid of the tin for easier cataloging.
Keep Your Paint Cool
You should never keep paint tins in a wet or hot area. You should store the containers in a dry, cool place that’s off the ground. This will keep the metal tins from rusting and ruining the paint inside. Excessive heat or direct sunlight speeds up the paint’s deterioration. Instead of putting the paint in an unheated garage, crawl space, or wet basement, try storing the paint in a cool and dry laundry room or utility closet.
Create an Air-Tight Seal
Do not let your paint oxidize! If air leaks into your tin, your paint will corrode and become unusable. If you have enough paint to keep it in its original tin, wipe away the excess paint around the rim of the opening. Then, using a rubber mallet, delicately hammer the lid back in its place, creating an air-tight seal. Avoid hitting the center of the lid, as any dents could affect the precise fit of the lid.
Re-Use Before Buying New
Shaking an old can of paint will redistribute debris and dust, which will affect the texture of the paint. Hold the can upright, checking it see if a thick film has formed on the surface of the paint. Once you remove this film, you can gently stir the paint with a stick or spoon. If you’re unsure about the homogeneity of your paint, strain it before applying it on your walls. This will save you from the onerous task of having to scrape your freshly painted walls of rusted remains.