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We’ve bought a lot of paint during our renovations in the last few months. 

Any tips on how to store it?


There are some general guidelines you should find useful:

  When storing paint in its can make sure you wipe down the rim before putting  the lid back on.

  Before re-sealing the can, cover the opening with plastic-wrap then put the lid securely into place and tap it down. This helps ensure an airtight seal.

  To avoid the skin that forms on the top of paint, tightly seal the can and store  it upside-down.

  Avoid storing paint in extreme heat or extreme cold.

  For disposal of water-based paint, pour the leftover paint into a paper bag  containing     sawdust, sand or cat-litter. Then you can dispose of the absorbed  paint with other trash.

  When disposing of oil-based paints, don’t just throw it all in the wheelie-bin.  Check with your local council. Irresponsible disposal of oil-based paint can  lead to toxic environmental pollution and public-health hazards.

Another tip: If you’ve not finished with it, why not pour a small amount of each type you're saving into sealable jars so when you go back later to do touch-ups you won't have to go to the trouble of opening and re-sealing a big container.


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