The Do’s and Don’ts of Paint Storage

‘Getting your paint on’ is a great way to refresh a space in your home or business and change things up a bit. You can take boring to glam with a few strokes of the right color paint and some decorations.

So what do you do if you have some paint left over, or realize you didn’t use a bucket you purchased? Store it! (You’re probably going to want it later.)

How to Make the Most of Your Paint

Deanna Seery is the founder and owner of What’s That Paint?, a home organization company that produces organizational labels for paint cans.

She shares the story of how she came up with her product and some good information on paint storage.

“I had a touch-up nightmare a few years back. When my husband and I went to do touch-up work in our house and we opened the cans of paint, some of them were no longer good because we had stored them in the garage and of those that were usable, we couldn’t figure out how old they were, what colors were in the cans (we had very similar yellows, whites and off-whites throughout our house) or where we bought them in the first place,” says Seery.

She says because of the color similarity, her husband accidentally painted all of the wrong colors and finishes on the wrong walls.

Good paint is not cheap. You can spend upwards of $50 per gallon, and thinking of spending your hard-earned money on several cans at a time only to see it go to waste makes me want to cry.

Basic Rules

According to Seery, there are some basic rules you need to know.

  • Don’t store paint near any type of open flame (next to the furnace) and to avoid storing in extreme temperatures.
  • Ideally, paint should be stored indoors in a hall closet or other room where temperatures stay fairly consistent.
  • Seal tightly (use a rubber mallet to hammer the lid on tight) and turn the can upside down.

“[Upside down so] that way the separation that naturally happens after paint sits for a while will be reversed. Thus, when the can is turned upright again for its next use it is already mixing back together eliminating that much more effort to incorporate that thin top layer into the rest of the paint in the can,” says Seery.

Another good rule according to Seery, put a piece of plastic or cling wrap across the top of the can before putting the lid on to help create a better seal.

Seery says, in addition to following these basic rules, there is a product that helps preserve some coatings of paint.

“There is a great new product on the market… it is called Bloxygen, a preservation spray for oil-based paints, varnishes and stains. By spraying Bloxygen into those types of coatings before placing on the cling wrap and sealing the freshness is further enhanced,” explains Seery.

Lastly, she recommends labeling the cans so you know how old they are next time you’re ready to paint.

June Brockmeyer

June Brockmeyer

June Brockmeyer is a writer based in Phoenix, Arizona. Her background includes TV news writing and reporting, weather forecasting as well as blogging; specifically for small businesses, software, education and lifestyle. June is fluent in Spanish and has experience in translation, writing and tutoring. Having moved back and forth from the U.S. to Mexico a few times, June enjoys researching new options for storage solutions and moving. She is a fan of organization and celebrates new ideas to help stay clutter-free in her everyday life. She graduated Cum Laude from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and loves to spend time with her husband, baby boy and their cute Havaneese dog, Reef.
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