Painting is a project that is taken up by homeowners every few years. A new shade of paint not only transforms the looks of the home but also gives it a warm and welcoming feel.
Paints have become expensive these days, and it is common to find several paint cans containing some quantity of paint inside them leftover after most interior house painting or exterior house painting project is finished. Hopefully, your painters left your painted labeled and told you took to keep it out of an unheated garage.
In a bid to save this paint, homeowners store leftover cans. But they are disappointed to find that the paint has dried up and it is not fit to be used for any painting exercise in the future. Is there a way to store leftover paint so that it can be utilized in the future for painting?
Most homeowners do not know the right way of storing leftover paint. If the paint is not stored correctly, you will find that it has deteriorated and is no longer fit to be used on any surface. You know that the paint has gone bad when you see a bulging lid or a rubber-like film having formed over the surface of the paint. This is why it is crucial to know the right way of storing leftover paint.
Do you know your leftover paint remains fresh for 4-5 years and ready for use again if it is stored in the right manner? Here are some tips to make sure your leftover paint is adequately stored and remains fresh for a long time.
The most important thing to keep in mind when storing leftover paint is to keep it in a place at room temperature. If your paint is kept in a place where it is exposed to very high or very low temperatures, it will quickly become ruined.
The best way to keep paint fresh for a long time is to keep the cans off the ground on shelves, so that rusting of metal does not ruin the ground surface. It also ensures your wooden or tiled surface remains safe from any accidental spills.
Paint becomes dry when it comes in contact with air. This is why you need to clean the rim of the can to remove residue paint and replace the lid securely.
If the can has very little paint left inside, it is better to pour it in a small container and store it for future use. A small quantity of paint in large can becomes ruined as it comes in contact with air.