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kimberland30 01-30-2008 01:54 PM

How to properly store paint?
Is there a "right way" to store left over paint?

I have about 1/4 can of paint left from our den, and maybe 2 cups left of another color. Is there a way I can store it so that I have it available for touch-ups later? How long will it last in the can? I have left over paint from other projects that are sitting in my office - they are probably 2 years old. Will it still be good to use as long as it's mixed thoroughly?


sirwired 01-30-2008 02:11 PM

A cool, dry, but not freezing, place is best.

How long will it last? Good question. My best guess would be: Until it molds, mildews, smells rank, or looks a funny color.

Storing the can upside down can help prevent the formation of a "skin", and prevent the lip from rusting, but only do that if you are real confident of the condition of the lid.


slickshift 01-30-2008 04:40 PM

It will last longer if you put it in smaller jars

Leah Frances 01-30-2008 05:27 PM

You mean stacking it five cans deep behind my water heater is not the best way to store it?

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