Life Hack: How to Store Touch-Up Paint Like a Pro
At Southern Painting, we know that the investment of a residential painting project is not only pleasing to your personal style, but adds value to your home. Long after our job in your home is concluded, we know this is an investment you’ll want to be able to maintain and at times touch-up. We can help you do just that, efficiently and very inexpensively.
With over 25 years of experience, we’ve seen the wear and tear your walls can take over time, whether it’s a teenager whose bedroom wall adornments change by the year, pets that take a toll, or scuffs in the wall with the seasonal rearrangement of furniture, we’ve got the solution- and it doesn’t involve a complete overhaul. Let us save you the money of a totally new paint project with our expert tips to help you save and store your left-over touch-up paint. The fix in in, and the fix is you!
We’ve got the inside scoop, or what we like to call a “life hack” on how to store touch-up paint like a pro:
Tools You Need to Succeed
First and foremost – you’ll need a few tools to succeed. Many of which won’t cost you a dime as many of the items needed are likely already on hand, ready and waiting to be used! A black marker, screwdriver, washcloth, and paint thinner are items that can usually be found without a trip to the store. You’re already on our way to success!
Mason Jars Galore
You actually may have these on hand but if you don’t, not to worry. Mason jars are inexpensive, can be bought cheaper in bulk, and can be used to store and organize a number of things! Ideal for paint touch-up paint storage, you’ll simply pour any leftover paint from the buckets into the jars. Remember to wipe the jars of any runaway paint with the washcloth to keep them tidy.
Save Those Stickers
Once you have the paint safely stored in mason jars, you’ll want to remove the stickers from the paint bucket and place it on the mason jar with said paint. The information found on these stickers can be pertinent to ensure you don’t mix and match color using the eye test in the future. You’ll know exactly what you have stored with each label including information such as the date, paint color, store location, where the paint was purchased, tinting formula, and much more!
Once you have your mason jars with the paint inside and the sticker label on, you’ll want to take your black marker and label exactly where you used the paint color. Be sure to label if it was used for door trim, walls, staircase railing, etc. Again, this will help you know where the paint was used in the future without relying on memory alone.
Keep it Close
A common mistake we see is that homeowners store leftover paint in the garage. While this seems like it makes perfect sense it’s actually not ideal. We find that it’s best practice to store your touch-up paint in or near the room in which it was used. This will help you avoid losing any paint, it’s easily accessible when it’s time to use it, and because it’s in a small container, it’s easily kept out of sight.
Chuck the Bucket
Safely dispose of the large, and now empty, old paint cans, by filling them with a bit of cat litter and place them in direct sun light to dry out. You may already have this on hand in your home too. Once the paint remnants are dried up, chuck the bucket and you’re done!
Store Your Paint Like a Pro
At Southern Painting, we know that you’re choosing us to get your painting projects completed professionally and beautifully. We want you to have the tools to care for your investment long after the last drop cloth has been pulled from your home. With our “life hack” on how to store touch-up paint like a pro you can save time and money in the future when life happens to your home.