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:
The number one consideration when storing paint is to make sure the can is completely sealed to keep air out so the paint does not dry up.
Do not use a screwdriver to open the can if you expect to have leftover paint. A screwdriver can also distort the lid, preventing a good closure.

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  • Tommy Tommy on Feb 23, 2013
    paint will seal the can, but be sure you have a tight lid :)
  • Valerie Valerie on Aug 16, 2013
    Some useful tips here. I would also suggest that, when marking the tin with the date etc, a line is also drawn indicating the amount of paint which is still left in the tin. Do you have any tips on how best to decant paint from a larger tin, preferably without pouring, especially if the tin is very large.
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    • Valerie Valerie on Apr 13, 2015
      @Jan B. Hi Jan Thank you for your suggestion regarding the spouts. I will see if I can find something similar locally. I agree, Hometalk is fantastic for sharing ideas!