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Old 02-26-2009, 10:30 AM   #1
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Hi there,

I have some BM Matte latex that was mixed a year ago, 1/2 Gallon. Right color and just enough to paint the beadboard we are putting in the mudroom - how do you tell if it is still good?

I mixed it up and the paint is not separating.

What do you guys think?

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Old 02-26-2009, 11:03 AM   #2
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If it didn't freeze, it should be fine. Latex can last several years if stored properly. I like to take a piece of plastic wrap a little larger than the can and push it down on the surface of the remaining paint, then squeeze all the air out to the sides. Keeps the paint from curing in the can.

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As Fishin' said...
if it hasn't froze, or doesn't smell bad, you're fine.

If there's still a "storable amount" left, use a glass canning-jar. The separate rubber-rimmed lid and tightening-ring make the perfect container!
Plus, you can easily see the color.
Use the smallest size for the remaining paint.

An alternative is using the slide-closing food storage bags. Place this bag-o'-paint in your jar, and you're golden! Kind of a "double-seal" goin'-on.

AIR is the enemy of stored paint.

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Thanks guys.

Saves me some cash.
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Old 02-26-2009, 07:17 PM   #5
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What if it froze? Repeatedly. All winter long. Because I forgot to bring it inside.
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98% of Latex paints are all done if frozen.
Most will take a "light crystallizing" freeze, BUT if it gets med/firm...game over.

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What if it froze? Repeatedly. All winter long. Because I forgot to bring it inside.
It's a goner
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I have had a few cans freeze and still be ok, but they weren't frozen solid. A good Idea is every change of the season go to every can of paint you have stored and shake them up real good.
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Its not true that paint is garbage if frozen .Call your sales rep and ask him for the freeze-thaw cycle of the paint ,Some paint can be frozen and thawed up to 5 times before they are garbage

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