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Paint Storage (by J.R. [OK]) Nov 11, 2022 12:58 PM
       Paint Storage (by Hoosier [IN]) Nov 11, 2022 1:57 PM
       Paint Storage (by Robert J [CA]) Nov 11, 2022 2:14 PM
       Paint Storage (by don [PA]) Nov 11, 2022 2:52 PM
       Paint Storage (by Jim in O C [CA]) Nov 11, 2022 5:52 PM
       Paint Storage (by Busy [WI]) Nov 11, 2022 6:09 PM
       Paint Storage (by MAT [PA]) Nov 11, 2022 6:21 PM
       Paint Storage (by MikeA [TX]) Nov 11, 2022 7:16 PM
       Paint Storage (by Vee [OH]) Nov 11, 2022 7:50 PM
       Paint Storage (by Small potatoes [NY]) Nov 12, 2022 12:11 AM
       Paint Storage (by Dee Ann [WI]) Nov 12, 2022 8:59 PM
       Paint Storage (by don [PA]) Nov 13, 2022 12:39 AM
       Paint Storage (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Nov 13, 2022 10:21 PM
       Paint Storage (by don [PA]) Nov 15, 2022 2:06 AM
       Paint Storage (by zero [IN]) Nov 24, 2022 7:00 PM
       Paint Storage (by MC [PA]) Nov 24, 2022 7:54 PM
       Paint Storage (by Don [PA]) Nov 24, 2022 9:38 PM
       Paint Storage (by zero [IN]) Nov 26, 2022 8:22 PM
       Paint Storage (by zero [IN]) Nov 27, 2022 2:43 PM

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Paint Storage (by J.R. [OK]) Posted on: Nov 11, 2022 12:58 PM

How do you handle paint storage? I would like to get more organized with my paints, move some into smaller containers and get better at labeling them for which house, room, etc. Any suggestions on good storage containers? Any other tips or tricks?

Paint Storage (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Nov 11, 2022 1:57 PM

Original container. I keep the rims clean by using painters tape when pouring. Tape a piece of paper on the side indicating where you used the paint. Cut circle of wax paper and lay on top of paint to keep it from skimming, or you can use a product called Bloxygen. Keep in a conditioned space, not outside.

I usually leave a small mason jar at each rental and tell tenants it is for "tiny touchups".

I also have an "info sheet" that I tape under the kitchen sink area with key info on the house such as paint colors, UPC codes of ceramic tile, and any other key info.

Paint Storage (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Nov 11, 2022 2:14 PM

I keep the original cans with the paint codes so if necessary I can buy more paint of the same brand, quality and color.

I print a label to affix to the can of paint showing the APARTMENT NUMBER AND DATE where the paint was used.

I had a tenant who put high light colors on one wall in every room of the apartment going back the last 5 years. The tenant moved, leaving the unit in perfect condition, except for normal wear and tear.

I had paint cans labeled with the original paint and the high light colors. The new tenant wanted some of the hi-light colors removed and other touched up. BECAUSE I kept and labeled all of the tenants colors, it cost me nothing except a few 99 cent brushes to fix up the paint. Another unit in the same property, I have non of the colors because a tenant have painted it themselves. When that tenant moved, it cost me $1,500 to have that unit cleaned, primed and painted.

I keep the paints from each property in a storage shed or garage. --47.156.xx.xx

Paint Storage (by don [PA]) Posted on: Nov 11, 2022 2:52 PM

You want the container as filled with paint as possible to prevent it from drying up. I hoard large plastic peanut butter and mayo jars and use them for leftover paint. Write on them with a sharpie marker identifying where the paint was used (123 main st., rear br) or the color and sheen (sher-wil tanbark exterior flat). Esp. need to ID with white paints and primers bc you will forget what is what.

When I have a lot of leftover paint that I know I will not need, I put it all together into a 5 gal bucket, or even an empty 35 gal pool chlorine container, and mix it all together. The next house gets painted with that, and it gets named for that house (wolf street mix 2022).

Paint Storage (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Nov 11, 2022 5:52 PM

A paint tip, when getting custom colors I have the store put a bar code label on the top and bottom. Usually the top

label gets damaged.

Paint Storage (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Nov 11, 2022 6:09 PM

Another vote for label on top and bottom. Sunshine damages that top label at the jobsite.

Only handful of rentals, and use same colors on interiors.

I save and reuse and reuse any of those small ( quart?) plastic paint cans with the handle. Perfect for painting out of. If Iím storing primer in them, I put a piece of kitchen plastic wrap, such as Pressín Seal, or Saranwrap, over the plastic paint jar before screwing on lid. I write on the plastic paint cans with Sharpie. To remove Sharpie, paint a small spot of paint over Sharpie, peel it off when dry.

To clean a plastic paint can, simply let a fairly thick skin of paint dry in the can, then peel it out. ReStore often has mistints/samples from Sherwin Williams for about $3-$4. I buy a few of those in light colors , mix it in a bucket, use to paint closet interiors, basement stairwells. Then I keep the plastic containers for my paints that I buy in gallons. The small plastic quarts are handy for doing touch-ups too.

Paint Storage (by MAT [PA]) Posted on: Nov 11, 2022 6:21 PM

I leave paint in the original containers. I use a Sharpie to write the color, which room/surfaces, and date on the lid. Those microscopic labels and barcodes the stores use to identify the color will be unreadable after sitting in the basement for five years, top or bottom, IMHO. --173.49.xx.xx

Paint Storage (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Nov 11, 2022 7:16 PM

I just use the same color on every house. One color for the walls, white for the trim, and two complimenting colors used on exteriors. When done painting a house I store what's left in the original 5 gallon container and that's what gets used first at the next one. Doing this I only have to store 4 different 5 gallon cans.

Paint Storage (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Nov 11, 2022 7:50 PM

Try to prevent freezing, label in the top of a kitchen cabinet door what room by compass heading has what color on what date.

Paint Storage (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Nov 12, 2022 12:11 AM

I find paint lasts longer in original can. I tried storing upside-down but a couple of times it leaked. when it didn't it was great, the hard paint was on the bottom of the can when flipped over. I used to ask the store to print out 2 labels and I'd write the bldg/unit on the extra one and keep a stack of them on file. now HD will save your orders if you give them a phone number. tip I picked up is to write the paint info on the back of a switch plate in the room you painted. I use painters tape n a sharpie. when I'm in the unit at turnover and question what's on the wall/ceiling I just take off the cover and I'm a step ahead. I also only use satin or semi on walls. still have a few in eggshell but satin lasts better.

Paint Storage (by Dee Ann [WI]) Posted on: Nov 12, 2022 8:59 PM

We store our paint in lateral file cabinets in the basement at our house. We keep the cabinets open to see what we have. and locate what we need. We have two of them with 4 or 5 shelves each. Since we only have a few places and paint all but one in the same color, we can easily assign space for remaining paint that works for all properties but the one. Those properties have natural woodwork, so no paint needed for them.

Plenty of room left in the lateral cabinets for the odd man out property. Walls all one color, differing woodwork color, so there's that on it's shelf.

With left over space on the shelves we put things like stain pens for woodwork scratches, TSP substitute, mold inhibitor paint, etc.

We have 2 gallon and 5 gallon empty buckets to use depending on the job or to mix as others have mentioned for closets or just a room.

Like Busy, I clean the top of the plastic the paint comes in and put plastic on before screwing the top on. keeps the paint great. We buy premixed paint so it is all the same color each time. Now that paints have primer in them don't have paint and primer to deal with.

Today I read a trick to try to keep the area around the paint can cleaner. The article noted using a rubber band across the top of the can in the middle of the opening to clean the paint off the brush instead of the side of the can. Interesting idea. --75.11.xx.xx

Paint Storage (by don [PA]) Posted on: Nov 13, 2022 12:39 AM

Some people take a large nail and bang 4 holes around the rim of the can so that when they tap the brush on the side, the paint that comes off drips back down into the can instead of staying in the rim, which makes a mess when you bang the lid back on.

Paint Storage (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Nov 13, 2022 10:21 PM

Start standardizing the color schemes so you don't have so much paint. I like Swiss coffee on three walls with a gray accent wall

Although, I have been known to buy HD oppps paint at $9 a gal if I like the color.

With all the left over paint I have that isn't a standardize color, I just mix them in a 5 gal container and label it closet mix.

Paint Storage (by don [PA]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2022 2:06 AM

Ray, the mixed together leftover paint is not just for closets. My last mix came out as a nice cappuccino color. Covered very well, too.

Paint Storage (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Nov 24, 2022 7:00 PM

Small potatoes,

How do you do touch ups with such a shiny paint? I use eggshell and can touch up potentially for a couple years without having to repaint the entire wall. It still washes better than flat.

Have I been doing it wrong? Is it so much easier to clean the satin or semi-gloss that you don't have to worry about touchups as much? What do you do when the ex tenant's couch rubbed a spot in the paint?

I am looking for ways to make it all faster for the few turnovers I have. Just painted a 1k sf apartment with less than 5 gallons of the same paint. No cutting in. Only one ceiling (same color) because of a leak I had before the roof was replaced.

Loved buying the SW mistints at $5 or less per gallon. But think I will go back to painting everything the same color again for speed at turn over. Paint costs more but I use less of it and it is much faster to complete.

Paint Storage (by MC [PA]) Posted on: Nov 24, 2022 7:54 PM

We used the same color for walls and ceilings in all the rentals. Nothing fancy. Glad we are getting out. For us,it is time.

Paint Storage (by Don [PA]) Posted on: Nov 24, 2022 9:38 PM

I save old window screens. If you have an old 5 gallon opened partially used paint can there will dried up paint boogers in it. Pour it through the screen into a fresh clean bucket.

Paint Storage (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Nov 26, 2022 8:22 PM

Don, I just suffered from the paint boogers today. Daughter was painting a ceiling at her soon to be house and booger city. I didn't have any nylons or cheese cloth with me.

I do have window screen materials and will not add some to my paint supplies tote.

Paint Storage (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Nov 27, 2022 2:43 PM

not = now

(even when I proofread I screw up)

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