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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
  • how to fix to save paint gone bad, chalk paint, painted furniture, painting
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.
  • how to fix to save paint gone bad, chalk paint, painted furniture, painting
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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  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Aug 5, 2015

    What a smart tip!

  • Shelby @ The Weathered Barn Studio
    Shelby @ The Weathered Barn Studio Newton, IA
    on Aug 5, 2015

    ..Great tip. I have used this method for many years, with other kinds of paint ,I think many times people will toss paint, when its still useable ! :)

  • Tenna Skjødt Jensen
    Tenna Skjødt Jensen Denmark
    on Aug 9, 2015

    an old nylonstocking you would toss away anyway is good to use as well :)

    • Patricia
      Patricia Lebanon, OH
      on Aug 9, 2015

      @Tenna Skjødt Jensen Excellent idea to use a stocking @Tenna Skjødt Jensen!

  • Joanie
    Joanie Price, UT
    on Aug 9, 2015

    My father-in-law was a painter by trade. He recommends storing your paint cans upside down, the can creates its' own air barrier and you have less of this kind of mess!

  • Ellen
    Ellen Southington, CT
    on Aug 9, 2015

    How about using a plastic food container w/lid from the dollar store. This way it won't rust again, and you can instantly see what's inside!

    • Patricia
      Patricia Lebanon, OH
      on Aug 9, 2015

      @Ellen I am definitely going to make a trip to the dollar store!

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