Does Paint Expire? Here’s What You Need to Know

There have been so many realizations due to COVID-19. For one thing, a lot of us have never been thankful enough to have survived months of being in the middle of this pandemic. We have also learned not to take things for granted, such as taking a stroll outside without having to wear a mask. Or attending concerts, eating dinner in a downtown restaurant – any activity that involves dealing with other human beings. 

A recent poll conducted by the Bank of America revealed that more than 70 percent of people started on home improvement projects during this pandemic. One cheap and popular way of improving your home is by painting it. If you have already cans of paint available in your home, why not use and make the most out of your time at home? 

As for painting jobs, you can either do the job by yourself (or call some family members or friends to help you out). Or you can hire professional painters in Belle Meade TN for your residential painting needs. Now is the right time to refresh your home and be productive despite the pandemic going on. 

 

The basics of paint 

First of all, you need to know that paint also expires. But it depends on the paint type and how you store it. On the downside, there is almost always no expiry date indicated in every can of paint. This means you need to determine by yourself whether the cans of paint you have at home can still be used or should be disposed of already. 

When properly stored, house paint can last for up to 15 years. But there are some caveats on this, though. As mentioned, your paint’s shelf life depends on the type and quality of paint. For one, an unopened can of latex and water-based paints can last as much as 10 years. On the other hand, unopened cans of oil-based paints can last 15 years. 

So how will you know if the paint is not good enough anymore to use? You need to open the can of paint, stir the paint until well-combined. Get a brush and spread the paint on a piece of cardboard or paper.

If the paint is still smooth, you can go ahead with your paint job. But if the paint has lumps that cannot be smoothened out even stirring several times, or if it smells weird already, it is best to throw the paint out instead. But make sure to dispose of the old paint properly

But what about paint that has been opened already? Well, the good news is that you can still use it. Simply remove the skin on top of the paint using a paint stick, then stir the remaining paint in the can. The same process: if the paint is still smooth after stirring, you can still use it. 

 

Making the most of the remaining paint in your home 

You can still use those leftover paint left untouched in your home for quite some time. Of course, you need to check first if it is still okay to use (as per the abovementioned tips). If it’s a-go, you can re-paint your dining room chairs, old dresser, backsplash, furniture, and even your picture frames. Painting can add value to your home, so make sure to use the best painting tools around. 

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