As a homeowner, you have probably collected a few paint tins here and there, and paint cans, as you probably already know, can take up a lot of space.
So, what do you do with them?
Many people come to the conclusion that storing them in the shed or garage is the best way to keep them out of site. However, depending where you live, that may not be the most suitable option…and here, in Edmonton? It isn’t!
If you have invested in good quality paint from respectable companies like Behr, Benjamin Moore, Clover-dale, or Sherwin-Williams, then there is no doubt you want to save those left overs for future products—instead of throwing away your cash and burning more later.
Luckily, if stored correctly, both interior and exterior paint can last a LONG time! On average, Latex paints can last about 10 years, while Solvent or oil-based paints can keep on truckin’ for 15 years!
Let’s take at what The Repaint Specialists have to say about storing that paint successfully while keeping it off your hallway floor!
1. Make sure your paint can is sealed nice and tight to stop the drying out process. There is nothing worse (okay, maybe there are a lot worse things, but it still isn’t pleasant) than opening what used to be a half full can of paint, to find it all dried out. If paint has seeped into the grooves of the can, you can wipe it out with a clean cloth. We suggest you avoid using a hammer to tap the lid closed as this can damage and distort the lid, defeating the purpose of sealing it in the first place. Instead, use a rubber mallet, or place a board on top of the can and hammer the board until the lid below in closes.
2. Now it’s time to find the perfect spot to store it. Remember how we said not the garage? This is because extreme temperatures, hot or cold, can ruin perfectly good paint. You may have noticed, that here in Edmonton, Alberta, we experience some extreme temperature fluctuations! Find a cool dark place in your home where the temperature stays relatively the same. Think closet, cupboard, or basement. If choosing a basement, be sure to put it on a shelf of the floor to avoid moisture buildup and rust in the can. Keep it away from cold windows or hot furnaces. Extreme heat can actually cause oil based paints to catch fire, which will cost you a lot more than a ruined can of paint.
3. Now that you know paint is best stored in the house, you may be concerned about storage space. If you have a few half cans of the same paint, go ahead and mix those together or, you can even transfer unused paint into more convenient sealable jars! Remember to label each jar with the brand, paint name, purchase date, and mixture number. Psst…now you finally have an excuse to go an buy that label maker!
Need help finding the perfect colour of paint?
Give The Repaint Specialists a call @
Edmonton: (780) 448-5996
St. Albert: (780) 459-9246
Sherwood Park: (780) 467-6835
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