Part 1: Extending the Life of your Paint Products

storing paint in a cool dry place

Accidents happen.  When it involves a painted surface, it is comforting to know that you still have some leftover paint to take care of a repair.  But, have you ever been sadly disappointed to open up that old can and find that the paint is no longer usable?

There are 2 major factors to consider that will extend the usability of your paint:  air and temperature.  Here are some tips while painting that will help your leftover paint last for years to come.

 While painting:

  • When starting to paint, transfer the amount you will need into a separate container, clean the well around the rim and replace the lid.  This reduces the amount of time that the product is exposed to air.
  • Never add water directly into a can of paint.  It will spoil prematurely or mold will form.
  • In the event your latex paint is too thick, take out the amount you will need and place it in a separate container before adding water.  Then discard any diluted paint.
  • Don’t load your brush or roller directly from the can.  Small amounts of dried paint or dirt can be introduced into your fresh paint.
  • In the event your latex paint is too thick, take out the amount you will need and place it in a separate container before adding water.  Then discard any diluted paint.

Need to know how to store your paints after your project is done? Check back next week for Part 2: Storing your paints!

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