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Simple Fix to Save "Paint Gone Bad"

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
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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  • 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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