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How to store paint

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How to store paint

Just noticed in a Fairfax article about painting that they recommend that if opened, "clean the rim and place a piece of plastic wrap over the top, then hammer on the lid." Does anyone do that? I just tap the lid back on and the paint seems fine. And does paint ever go off? The only problem I've ever had is with a really old tin that has rusted and contaminated the paint.

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Re: How to store paint


I have also done the gladwrap thing.  Seems to just give the lid a better seal.
With regard to how long it will last depends on how well the lid is sealed.  Most manufacturers only recommend storing for up to 2 years.  I repainted one wall at my mums place last year and then found out the paint in question was close to 10 years old.  Apparently nothing wrong with it.  I might add it did seem to take longer to stir the mix even again.


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