Knowing how to safely store paint is important since the material is among those that can potentially poison people and the environment. It is also very annoying to deal with dried out and caked paint. However, the harm that can be done to the body by such caustic substances is more serious. You can prevent it from happening to you and your family by following a few guidelines for storing paint and other hazardous materials. Avoid storing your paints in areas that are exposed to extreme temperatures since too much heat or cold can affect the quality of the paint. Too much heat on oil based paint can also cause a fire. If you are storing paint and other hazardous substances, do not put them on containers that are used for food or beverage. If they are ingested by somebody, the result could be fatal. Check the label of the container before discarding paint and other similar substances. Most of them specify a particular disposal instruction. You should not also bury or burn them.
Step 1 – Sealing the Paint Can
When you are resealing left over paint in the can, prevent air from coming into contact with the paint surface as it will form a skin. Get a piece of aluminum foil or wax paper and cut it into a circle. Put it inside the can and float it on top of the remaining paint. Wipe the rim clean of excess paint and put the lid back. Ensure a tight seal by tapping it with a rubber mallet.
Step 2 – Marking the Paint Cans
To indicate the level and color of paint in a particular can, use a brush to paint a line on the exterior of the paint can. Use the same color as the paint that is inside the can. Use a permanent marker to write a note on the side of the can that will tell you when you bought the paint and where you get it. Include the room or wall that the paint has been used on as well.
Step 3 – Reserving Paint for Touch Ups
To have paint available for touch up jobs, pour a small portion of your left over paint on a jar. When there is a need to do a touch up in the future, you do not have to open and reseal the paint can. This will require you to do the sealing and marking process all over again. As with the paint can, label the jar with the color and mixing formula of the paint, where it was used and the date it was bought.
Other hazardous materials such as thinner or kerosene should be stored in a tightly sealed container. Label the containers prominently and store them in a cool and well ventilated location. They should also be kept in an area that is separate from the house. If you have a storage shack or a detached garage, it would be safer to keep them there than putting them in your porch or basement.