When you’re going the DIY route to paint your home’s interior, stocking up on your favorite shades of paint when they’re on sale is a smart move. Or, if you’re painting slowly over the course of a few months, you may want to save some paint for when you need an inevitable touch-up. Whatever the reason you have extra paint on your hands, it’s important to store your paint safely and successfully, so that you can use it later on.
Paint that is stored improperly can dry up, produce top-scum, and even grow mold. When that happens, using it again for a future project is out of the question. Not only does bad paint not work very well but it also presents health risks to you and your family. If you have extra paint on your hands, for whatever reason, here are four tips on how to store paint and so you can use it to brighten your home for years to come.
Put a Lid on it
To prevent paint from spoiling, it’s important to prevent air from getting into the can. Therefore, properly putting a lid on the paint can is essential. Paint-can lids are designed to lock in place, so make sure to close a gallon correctly before you put it in storage. First, clean the rim of the paint can then place the lid on top and hammer it gently into place. Before hammering, you may want to set a paper towel over the can to keep any leftover paint from splattering surfaces around it.
Consider the Environment
Paint is an extremely sensitive product. Drastic temperature changes can cause big problems if you intend to use it in the future. Therefore, it’s imperative to store paint cans in a cool area with few temperature fluctuations. Avoid storing paint in regions that tend to get hot, such as an outdoor shed, since heat can cause the paint to dry out. If paint freezes, the texture will change, and it will become unusable, so avoid cold areas as well. Although a climate-controlled storage unit is the best option for paint storage, garages and basements can be good alternatives if they’re monitored appropriately.
Label Your Paint Cans
You carefully chose paint shades for each room in your house, so make sure you can touch up that paint correctly by labeling each can with the corresponding area. There’s nothing worse than going to touch up a scratch on the wall or scuff on a piece of furniture and discovering you have no idea which can of paint is the right one. Therefore, to avoid having to open countless paint cans to find the right paint color, you should always label your paint cans. You can either write directly on the label or place a piece of masking tape on the lid of the can.
Discard When Old
Even when properly stored, paint only lasts for about five years. If that happens, you’ll notice an apparent rotten egg smell. Because it contains chemicals, paint is an environmental hazard and must be discarded appropriately. Check your community calendar for a hazardous waste drop-off day. You can also search online for a paint drop-off service that will dispose of it for you.
These storage tips will keep you from having to purchase an entire can of paint to touch up a few holes or scuff marks. Whether you like bright colors or neutral shades, your walls will always look clean and fresh.
Convenient Paint Storage in New York City
If you live in or around New York City, it can be hard to find the extra space to store paint. Apartments in the city have very few closets and garages and basements are few and far between. So, if you need to store your paint or other personal items, Treasure Island Storage is the solution for you! We offer climate-controlled storage units at an affordable price so you never have to worry about what to do with your stuff. To see how we can be a solution for your storage needs, check out one of our locations across New York or New Jersey. To reserve your unit or for a free quote, call us at (646) 846-9449 or stop by next time you’re in the neighborhood.