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How to Store Paint

If you have leftover paint after a project, don't throw it out. Save it in case you need it in the future for touch-ups. It is important to store it properly so it will be useable down the road when you need it. Here is how to store paint:

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  • 3popps
    on Jan 25, 2013

    Thanks for these tips. I have never thought about some of these tips. I usually use a screwdriver to open my paint cans, and don't think about it damaging the lid. Also, I learned the hard way that freezing temps ruin paint and make it unmixable and unusable.

  • Z
    on Jan 25, 2013

    All very good tips. I do use most of them, but learned a few things too. Thanks.

  • Ron P
    Ron P Fort Lauderdale, FL
    on Jan 26, 2013

    I have used these steps for many many years. 1.) When you first open a new can of paint clean the paint off of the underside of the lid with the brush you will be using and scrape it into the can. This helps keep your lid and rim clean for re-sealing. 2.) Each to you pour paint into your roller pan use you brush again to keep the rim and outside of the can clean. 3.) While painting and again when you have finished clean the rim with your brush and scrape the paint from the brush back into the can again. 4.) Place the lid on the can and cover with a rag. Seal with the rubber mallet. Remove the rag and visually check the seal. If you do not have a rubber mallet, put the rag on top of the can, hold onto someone's shoulder and walk around the rim of the can.

  • Elaine Simmons
    Elaine Simmons Florence, AZ
    on Jan 26, 2013

    I have found if I put some plastic wrap on it before putting on the lid, it helps immensely!

  • Great Home Painting
    Great Home Painting Morrisville, PA
    on Jan 26, 2013

    Thanks for the great tip Elaine! The plastic wrap creates an additional seal.

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