Simple Fix to Save "Paint Gone Bad"

$2
5 Minutes
Easy

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.
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.
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.
I let the paint strain through and the yucky parts were trapped in the cheesecloth.
Good as new!

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  • Deborah Gatewood
    on Jun 10, 2018

    Yes, but want to make over front door by painting.

  • Tina Gulley
    on Dec 2, 2018

    I strain my paint through a wire kitchen strainer over into a plastic container from the dollar store with a screw on lid. you can easily spray off the strainer to reuse with more paints.

    • Patricia
      on Dec 2, 2018

      That's a great idea to use a strainer along with dollar store containers Tina. I think I might need to get a strainer just dedicated to paint projects.

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