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4 Tips For Storing Your Leftover Paint !

 4 Tips For Storing Your Leftover Paint

Your project is done, and you have leftover paint… Now what?

If your painter leaves the paint with you, it’s not an oversight. Having paint on hand is a real asset. If you need to make a quick touch-up, it’s there and ready, or if you need to reference the brand or color code. Besides, it’s a product you paid for!

Unfortunately, a lot of homeowners store it incorrectly, losing out on the value. Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind.

How Should You Store Your Paint?

#1: Keep It Airtight

Air is the enemy, especially as you try to keep the resins, pigments, and binders within the paint formula happy. Believe it or not, this starts with the way you open the can. Never use a screwdriver, or any other type of lever, since it will mangle the rim and keep the lid from sitting properly. Only use a paint can opener, and gently tap it shut with a hammer when you’re done.

Pro Tip:

If you want to take that airtight seal a step further, try stretching some plastic wrap over the can before you put the lid back on. This can be really helpful, especially if the lid isn’t getting a tight fit on its own.

#2: Keep It Labeled

If there’s any extra, our clients can expect a clearly labeled can after a job is done. But if that’s not the case for you, don’t trust your memory. Get an adhesive label and put it on the lid or side of the can, writing down the color, brand, and code for easy reference. You’ll be SO glad you did. You can also jot down which room it was used in.

#3: Keep It Comfortable

Temperature is important. Avoid hot or cold extremes, opting for maybe a darker corner of the garage rather than, say, a garden shed where temps are going to climb. Cool and consistent is best.

#4: Keep It Dry

While a concrete floor can seem like a safe place, we actually recommend keeping the cans OFF the floor. Moisture transmission through concrete slabs occurs constantly, and if your metal can is in direct contact it can speed up the corrosion process. A small shelf is all that’s needed to totally eliminate the risk.

As a final note, keep in mind that if you have old paint you just don’t need anymore, you can always donate it. Nonprofit organizations will often take it, or else your local school district may use it for a specific project or event. There are a lot of good options to help make sure it doesn’t go to waste.

If you have any questions about your own Bay Area painting project, please feel free to contact us at MB Jessee Painting, Inc. We’re here to help!

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