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Old 03-01-2013, 01:30 PM   #1
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Hi Folks,

I have ben doing a lot of painting lately. (I like to paint).

However, many of my project have been small closets or rooms, and i have paint left over.

I have been pitching the paint (with the liner) in the trash. (Fiver bucket liners ain't cheap.)

I am going to try to save the paint and liner; and peel that left over paint from the liner the next day. (I loathe scrubbing buckets AND putting all that paint down my drain).

Now, I mix a latex conditioner into the paint (XIM or Flotrol), so I don't want to put this back into the original paint container. And, it may be weeks before I use the paint again.

How do you store it? Whats your recommendation?

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If you have an empty gal bucket- get some regular gallon sized baggies
and double up, insert into can.
Pour your leftover paint into it and secure top with a good rubber band or tape.
Write on a piece of tape exactly what it is and store carefully.
When you use it again ( short time storage BTW) just snip off a corner and pour into working container.

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Why can't you put the paint with the XIM back into the original gallon can it came from?
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Why can't you put the paint with the XIM back into the original gallon can it came from?

I buy paint in five gallon buckets. I don't always use 5 gallons at once.
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It's not going to do the leftover any harm to just dump it back in.
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It's not going to do the leftover any harm to just dump it back in.

Thanks Joe, I prefer to keep the used paint separate from the original. I was always taught never to contaminate the original paint. (Lint, dust, dried paint, etc.)
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Thanks Joe, I prefer to keep the used paint separate from the original. I was always taught never to contaminate the original paint. (Lint, dust, dried paint, etc.)
I agree with that, and I practice that as well. But I don't store paint for weeks at a time. I just leave the cut pot I'm working out of, when I'm brushing, setting with a rag over it till the next day. Why can't you buy a single gallon empty can and lid at the paint store and use that?
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I agree with that, and I practice that as well. But I don't store paint for weeks at a time. I just leave the cut pot I'm working out of, when I'm brushing, setting with a rag over it till the next day. Why can't you buy a single gallon empty can and lid at the paint store and use that?
That is what I was going to do, I thought folks here might have a better solution.

(I like the baggie idea.)
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It's certainly a novel idea. With all due respect to my esteemed colleague, lol, sounds like too many possibilities for a fiasco of a mess.
A painter buddy of mine was telling me one time he was working in a new development painting a newly occupied home. He took a walk up the street to check on a still under construction unit that was being painted where he knew on of the painters. He said there were four or five guys there all hopped up on crack chasing each other around throwing softball size balls of blue painters at each other, good thing they never heard of that idea. If I was the boss of those guys I don't know what would upset me more, the fact the they were hopped up, they were goofing instead of working, or they were wadding up balls of my precious 7-8 dollar a roll blue tape. That's why I fly solo.
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It's certainly a novel idea. With all due respect to my esteemed colleague, lol, sounds like too many possibilities for a fiasco of a mess.
A painter buddy of mine was telling me one time he was working in a new development painting a newly occupied home. He took a walk up the street to check on a still under construction unit that was being painted where he knew on of the painters. He said there were four or five guys there all hopped up on crack chasing each other around throwing softball size balls of blue painters at each other, good thing they never heard of that idea. If I was the boss of those guys I don't know what would upset me more, the fact the they were hopped up, they were goofing instead of working, or they were wadding up balls of my precious 7-8 dollar a roll blue tape. That's why I fly solo.
Crack ain't good.
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Well, I might try a clean gallon can and one of those rubber lids...maybe with a spout.

Shureline makes one.
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I thought putting it in an empty can was too obvious- wanted to go novel!
I will also use wide mouth plastic containers, like really well washed out laundry detergent bottles! ( they dont rust- and are very convenient for something I use just a little at a time of, like some spot primers.)
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OK- Off topic comedic relief- lol
Paint ball car wars..
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Well, I have a different idea.
Quit buying 5 gallon buckets.
Problem solved
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OK- Off topic comedic relief- lol
Paint ball car wars..
Cool vid. Not off topic, this is a paint forum.

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