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Simple Fix to Save "Paint Gone Bad"

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Did you ever re-open a can of paint only to find an icky mess? That's what happened when I opened a leftover can of Louis Blue (ASCP). Boutique paint is expensive, so it's worth taking the time to save it.
Time: 5 Minutes Cost: $2 Difficulty: Easy
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The problem is easily avoided in the first place by simply cleaning the lid and rim thoroughly when done painting. I always do that. Except perhaps this one time. No worries though since it is easy to fix.
  • how to fix to save paint gone bad, chalk paint, painted furniture, painting
I secured a double layer of cheesecloth with a rubber-band to a new paint can. The empty paint can was a couple bucks from Home Depot. But I wonder if they carry them at the Dollar Store? I'll be sure to check the next time I'm there.
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I let the paint strain through and the yucky parts were trapped in the cheesecloth.
  • how to fix to save paint gone bad, chalk paint, painted furniture, painting
Good as new!
  • how to fix to save paint gone bad, chalk paint, painted furniture, painting

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  • Karen Roth
    Karen Roth Ellensburg, WA

    Thanks for the wonderful ideas on paint y'all.

  • Diane Basile
    Diane Basile New City, NY

    I put the smaller amounts of paint in clear plastic bottles (think soda or heavier water bottles). I also take a picture of the computer "mix sticker" and print it on a label & stick it on the bottle. This way if I want to repaint or do a touch up, I

    • Patricia
      Patricia Lebanon, OH

      @Diane Basile Great ideas; especially to take a photo of the mix recipe.

  • J Sue McGlothlin Dean

    I learned from my brother-in-law years ago to strain my paint thru panty hose. Every woman has thrown away many pair after getting a run in 1 leg or the other. From then,I just cut off the 1 without a run, and saved a few to use in straining my old

    • Patricia
      Patricia Lebanon, OH

      @J Sue McGlothlin Dean Using pantyhose is an awesome idea @J Sue McGlothlin Dean!

  • Trish
    Trish Carlsbad, CA

    Great idea! No matter how careful I am with my paint cans, seems they always get gross when not used for a while. :)

    • Patricia
      Patricia Lebanon, OH

      @Trish I'm glad you found the tip helpful. :-)

  • Elaine DeLong-fuehrer

    those are real good ideas.

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