|Judy C asks:
>How's the best way to store cans of leftover household paint?
I keep mine indoors on cardboard covered shelves in a cabinet I bought specifically for storing painting, wallpapering, sheet-rocking and other tools & supplies.
Other paint storage tips
I use a permanent marker (Sharpie) pen to write notes about the paint on the bottom of the can [E.g., Sherwin-Williams, B-24 R-66 (color code), bathroom trim,
12/2007 (date purchased).] If you won't be able to see the bottom in
it's storage location also write the info on the side of the can, or on a
label you put on the side.
To keep the chime clean, I use a
plastic pouring lid/cap that inserts/snaps into the rim of an open gallon paint can. It keeps the rim clean
while I pour the paint into a smaller container for easier handling while painting.
Some paint today comes in cans with a pouring thingy built-in.
Another way to seal out air is
to drape a piece of plastic wrap into the can and floating on the top of
the paint. In this case you store it right side up. I've never tried this, I always just store them upside down, but if this
works it has the advantage that when you later open it, if a ďskinĒ has formed on top of the paint you can use a spoon or paint stick to remove the
skin (or it may lift off with the plastic).
When you store the can upside down the skin, if any, forms on the underside of the paint.
When you open and use the paint you canít tell itís there or get to it, so you'll stir/mix the skin into the paint.
Then the paint will carry pieces of the skin onto your work.
When Iím done with a gallon of paint, before I put it into long term storage I use a basting spoon or small ladle to put some in a small bottle/container, and label it (E.g., bathroom trim). Then if I get a ding or put spackle on a nail hole, I get out the bottle of paint and my trusty Dollar Store set of large artist's brushes and touch up the spot. (Tip: I'll usually blend better if you dab instead of stroking the paint on.). NOTE: Fill the bottles to keep air out. So far, even filled, these little bottles of paint dry up fairly quickly (2-6 months). If I find a way to make this touch-up collection last Iíll let you know.
If you store your leftover paint in containers with screw on lids, paint often gets on the lid threads making it difficult to remove the lid. To prevent this apply a very thin coat of petroleum jelly to the threads inside the lid. This will also keep metal lids from rusting.