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Old 01-30-2008, 01:54 PM   #1
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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?



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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.



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It will last longer if you put it in smaller jars
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Old 01-30-2008, 05:27 PM   #4
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You mean stacking it five cans deep behind my water heater is not the best way to store it?
If I could only remember to THINK about what I was doing before I did it.
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