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Storing leftover paint after you've finished painting a room is a good idea, because you could end up needing that paint for touch-ups in the future. However, storing that paint properly is an important part of keeping paint for future use. Improperly stored paint can go bad in a matter of months:
Standard Paint Storage Procedure
To store your paint, you'll need to create an air tight seal in the paint can. Start by covering the opening in the paint can with a layer of plastic wrap, then put the lid in place. Pound the lid down gently with a rubber mallet. Don't pound hard enough to bend or warp the lid, because this could impact the seal. Use the mallet to tap against the perimeter of the lid so that the lid is gently inserted into the opening in the paint can.
When this is done, store the paint can upside down. The reason you're storing the paint upside down is because you're using paint itself to create the air tight seal against lid of the paint can. If the lid has been properly tapped into place, there should be no problems with leakage.
If you're worried about storing paint upside down, pick up an inexpensive plastic tub at the hardware store when you buy the paint supplies. Placing paint cans in a plastic tub will prevent any paint leaks from ruining your floors at home.
Winter Paint Storage
Paint freezes. Acrylic paints are water based and can freeze at the same temperature as water. Oil paints can also freeze, but at lower temperatures. When paint freezes, it tends to separate and become clumpy, ruining the paint for future use.
For the best protection, pick an appropriate spot in your home to store your paints. The location should be cool but not cold, and relatively dry. Your basement is an acceptable location. Your garage may be acceptable, if it is temperature controlled.
What to Do If Paint Freezes
If your paint does freeze, it may very well be ruined. Stir it with a paint stick, then use a paint brush to scoop up the paint and apply it to a piece of scrap board. The paint is only usable if you see no clumps or chunks in it. If the paint has chunks, it must be discarded.
Good luck with your paint projects! With proper storage, your leftover paint may last until you need the paint for touch-ups. To learn more, contact a company like A & B Malibu Plumbing with any questions you have.