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467piper 09-20-2013 11:21 AM

Is my primer too old.
On the topic of storing paint I am a first timer for painting my own house. So obviously I have hit some " snafus " and used this site as well as a few other resources ALOT. just yesterday I was about to start priming some windows that I took down to bare wood because they were in bad shape. I had a can of glidden gripper primer that was a few years old. When I popped the top it looked fine,( still white, no skin, no clumps). After I stirred it up I went to grab an other bucket with a lid on it to set it on tokeep me from bending over as I have a bad back. I then saw primer pissing out of the can onto the cement and my shoe. After a WTF moment I realized that I was not dumping the can out but that. It had a hole in the bottom. I put it on the closest dirt and after collecting myself and using words that would be frowned upon in church to express my lack of pleasure of the situation I rinsed an old plastic coffee can and dried it out and was able to salvage about half a gallon.

My question to the professionals is , is the primer still good? Was it the age of the can or the method of storage? It has always been in my garage which gets really hot and really cold bot not to either extreme. Never in direct sunlight for any period of time. The primer is approximately 4-5 years old since i have had it assuming it was not that old when I bought it. If you are not familiar with the brand it is a" water based , latex acrylic primer" .

I realize that the safe bet is just to buy another can as it is not very expensive but I am behind schedule and getting to the point of cost where my very beautiful and very pregnant with our first baby wife is Hating me for not hiring a professional to do it. Oh yeah and I also I got laid off a week after I started prepping and passed the point of no return. The house now looks worse than it did before which is saying a lot since my house is a faded pinkish peachish color. So if it is not necessary to buy a new can I would rather not. .

In advance I would like to thank you for your time and your opinions.

cdaniels 09-20-2013 11:53 AM

It will probably work ok but do you really want to take the chance? I wouldn't.

Gymschu 09-20-2013 03:06 PM

Charley is right, in this case, probably not worth the few $$$ you might save. I am one who likes to use leftover paint sometimes even from 5 to 6 years ago, but, when the can starts leaking the primer has likely been compromised so don't risk messing up a nice paint job with less than stellar primer.

chrisn 09-20-2013 04:30 PM

I agree ^^

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