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Old 12-30-2009, 10:21 PM   #1
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I have about 3/4 gallon of semi gloss interior acrylic enamel paint that I have from six years ago, from when I remodeled my kitchen. I opened it today to do some touch up on some trim. The paint did not have a film over it or anything when I opened the can. I gave it a good stir and went about touching up. After it dried I noticed that it did not have much sheen at all, as it was almost like flat paint. Does paint lose it's sheen in the can over time, or do I need to break the drill out and give it a good mix?

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"Six years ago"? And it's not solid by now? How do you store your paint? I would give this paint some serious stirring as I'm sure there are solids settled in the bottom by now. I don't know what gives paint it's "sheen" or "gloss", but I'm betting it's in the bottom of that can by now. I'm glad it's still usable. David

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Semi gloss will never "touch up" well
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Most paints only have a 5 year shelf life and who knows how long it sat in the store before you purchased it.

Did it smell like sour milk? if so it was bad.

I recommend biting the bullet - take the can to your local paint store (preferable the one that sold the paint) and have a gallon or quart matched up to the same color.
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I've just had it sitting in a cabinet with other paint in the garage. Luckily it doesn't usually freeze in there.
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