Can I still use left over paint after 7 years?


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Old 04-16-07, 07:28 PM
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I need to touch up a small area (2 ft by 2 ft). I know the left over paint will not match exactly. Neither will new paint.

Does anyone know if a 7-year-old white paint will change color a lot (like turning to yellow)? The left over was off white flat by Benjamin Moore.

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Old 04-16-07, 09:34 PM
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Well, the good news is that you have the best chance to make it work. I would take the paint in to the paint store and have them shake it. Assuming it's latex(BenMoore has one flat oil, but I highly doubt you used that) it should touch up reasonably well. And normally you would have to worry about a sheen difference, but flat generally doesn't have any sheen. Some of the higher end BenMoore paints are what they call a washable flat, and they do have an ever so slight sheen, but with a bit of feathering out.. I feel like you would be fine. And if worse comes to worse, paint the whole wall, or corner to corner etc. Good luck.
 
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Old 04-17-07, 06:04 AM
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And remeber, if it smells rotter....IT IS. Dont use it if its moldy, or has a bad odor. Latex paint can 'spoil'.

I for 1 would be pretty leery of trying to use paint that old.
 
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Old 04-17-07, 06:06 AM
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it depends

If conditions are right paint can be stored for a long time with no harm. A full gallon will store better than a piece of a gallon. Assuming this is a partial gallon I'd open it up and stir it to see what it looks like. Paint that has been subjected to freezing temps will be thick like joint compound [no good throw it out] It may have a 'skin' dried over the top but the paint under may still be good. After you've stirred the paint and found it still good - strain it!
 
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Old 04-20-07, 12:46 PM
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I opened the can and the cover area has a lot of rust. More of the rust dropped in the can. Can I still use it? The color hasn't changed much.

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Old 04-20-07, 02:40 PM
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If the paint itself is stirable and still 'feels' like paint it should be ok to use. Rust dropping into the paint can affect the color a little.
 
 

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