Interior and exterior paint storage are much more important than most think. Often forgotten, some paints are flammable and most are hazardous! Storing extra paint from previous painting projects correctly will save time and money. Storing house paint correctly will also allow seamless touch-ups and save both you and your house painting contractor time and alleviate potential confusion.
Whether the paint is interior house paint or exterior paint, the storage requirements are the same. The most common mistake homeowners make when considering places to store paint, is not thinking long term. The whole objective of storing extra paint is to preserve it, not to get it out of the way! You never know when you may need it for emergency touch ups. It is important to first consider places that are in control climates. Variation in temperatures causes the pigments in uncured paints to change. If pigments are allowed to change, it will be nearly impossible to touch up. If the paint gets too hot it’s more likely that it will dry out. However, allowing the paint to freeze in even worse.
Paint should be stored inside. Usually in a smaller closet or indoor utility room are the best options. While opening a paint can, if you smell an odor like rotten eggs, the paint has started to decompose and is no longer usable.