It is extremely common to have paint left over after completing a painting project. Successfully storing this paint can save you money and allow you to easily complete necessary touch-ups to your wall. Here is one of the most effective ways to store your excess paint.
An important aspect for paint storage is keeping the original container in good shape. Don’t use a screwdriver to open the paint can. This can bend the lid, which can compromise the seal. You should only use a paint can opener when you open your paint. Conversely, never close the lid with a hammer. This is also likely to warp the lid. If possible, you should close the lid gently with a soft mallet. Keeping the container in good shape will make it much easier to store your excess paint.
One of the most important parts of storing excess paint is storing it in a cool, dry location. Excessively hot or excessively cold temperatures can completely change the consistency of the paint, which will cause it to be unusable. A moist environment will cause rust to form on the can. If rust gets in the paint, it will also be unusable. Storing the paint off the ground is necessary to prevent the accumulation of moisture.
When you seal the paint can, you will need to clean any excess paint out of the sealing rim of the can. Cover the can’s opening with plastic wrap, then place the lid of the paint can over the top. Check that the seal is airtight and then store the paint can upside down. The paint pressing against the lid will form another seal that will keep air out. Prior to storing the paint, you should mark the container with the name and number of the paint color, as well as the location in which you used the paint. You may also want to put the date that you used the paint on this label.
Storing excess paint can save you money and make your paint job touch ups much easier. If paint is stored incorrectly, it may become unusable. To learn more about the best methods for maintaining the paint jobs in your home, contact us at Brush Brothers Painting today.