Let’s be real: buying the exact amount of paint for a project is a nearly impossible task. In fact, millions of gallons of paint go to waste every year because people buy too much and don’t correctly store it. In the end, failing to secure your leftover paint will lose you loads of money and leave you with a bad taste in your mouth. Be resourceful and save that paint for future projects. If you have no idea how to do so, follow our three tips for proper paint storage so you can decrease your visits to your local hardware store.

Keep Containers Dry and Elevated and Cool

First thing’s first: all paint must be stored in a dry place and off of the ground. If cans are exposed to moisture, they will rust and contaminate the paint within them. Also, it’s a must to keep your paint in a cool, not cold, area. If it freezes, it will separate and become unusable. If it’s subjected to direct sunlight or near other heat sources, it will degrade faster. Your best bet is to keep it a utility closet or your laundry room.

Clean Your Containers

You don’t need to do this every day, but cleaning your containers every once in a while will extend the lifespan of your paint. Excess residue on the rim of the container makes it harder to properly seal, allowing air to seep in and compromise the paint. All you need to do is simply remove the lid, wipe the rim and reseal it.

Tightly and Securely Seal Your Containers

This may seem like overkill, but it will make your paint last a lot longer. To create an even tighter seal and prevent metal-to-metal corrosion, take some stretch wrap, cover your paint and reseal the lid. However, don’t just clamp the lid on, set it firmly into place. Take a wood block and place it on the lid of the container. Then proceed to hit the wood block until the lid is tightly secured. As a result, your paint will be as protected as it can be from air seeping in.

As professional painters, we apply these techniques to ensure our paint stays fresh. The last thing we want is to show up at your home with old, unusable paint, so we go to extreme measures to ensure our containers are tightly secure.

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