Storing Paint Properly

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated July 20, 2012)

Storing paint can be a fairly tricky process if not done correctly. Generally speaking, paint is fairly expensive, flammable, and even toxic. That being said, storing paint properly isn't all that difficult to do as long as you take a few simple steps. The next time you go out to get some paint, make sure that you keep these guidelines in mind so that you can make sure that you are storing paint properly when you are finished.

  • Dry places. Considering that paint comes in cans, it only makes sense that you should store those cans in a dry location. If you don't you run the risk of having the paint cans rust all the way through, then you need to make sure they are stored in a dry location.
  • Make it cool. Paint is also fairly flammable, and as such can easily burst into flames if proper safety precautions aren't taken. While everyone knows that you don't smoke near paint, or have any open flames near it, many people have no problem simply sticking their old paint cans in the corner of their garage, and forget about them. Unfortunately, this can lead to a dangerous situation. Instead choose a location that is cool—preferably one that get's some sort of natural air conditioning or air flow over it. This will not only help keep the temperature down, but also dissipate any fumes that build up.
  • Need plenty of space. Paint cans also take a lot of space, they aren't exactly small after all. Be sure that you choose a location where they will have plenty of space, and not be too crowded with the other items that you may be storing. This will also help prevent any paint from accidentally spilling onto your other items, as well as ensuring that these other items don't get infused with paint fumes.
  • Wipe it all down. Help prevent unnecessary paint stains by wiping down the paint cans before you store them. By removing the paint that is on the sides, you can help prevent paint stains, as well as nasty dirty messes from forming if any dirt get's caught on the paint.
  • Wrap it in a plastic bag. A great way to ensure that you don't have any mess that you don't plan on is by wrapping the paint cans in a plastic bag prior to storing them. An added bonus of taking this measure is that this will also catch any paint that accidentally falls down, and also help keep kids and pets out of your paint as well.

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Lee Wyatt

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