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Title: Storage of mixed (or thinned) paints
Post by: dpbarry on June 09, 2006, 11:48:01 AM
Hi all..

Can you or is it advisable to store mixed (or thinned) paint between one job and the next.

By that I mean, if I make up smallish quantity (around 125ml) of thinned paint for small items, can I store this thinned paint in a sealed container and use it at a later stage without having to do anything other that stirring it up and maybe adding a bit of tinners as necessary.

Regards

Declan
Title: Re: Storage of mixed (or thinned) paints
Post by: maninthestreet on June 09, 2006, 12:49:11 PM
AFAIK, this should be ok - we're talking about enamel paints, I assume?
Title: Re: Storage of mixed (or thinned) paints
Post by: John R Haynes on June 09, 2006, 01:33:35 PM
the best way to store paint is NOT to thin. Mix up the paint in a reasonable quantity and leave the bulk of it stored  in an unused paint tin supplied by Squires. Decant enough paint for the immediate job and use this during painting/spraying , only open the stored paint if you run out . Thinned paint will crust over quickly.
Title: Re: Storage of mixed (or thinned) paints
Post by: Doc on June 09, 2006, 09:37:57 PM
Declan,
It depends on how long between uses.  Short time shouldn't be a problem.  Longer times might be.  I've kept paint thinned.  Had to add some more thinnner to make it usable again, but not ~that~ long between uses (month or less?).  That's for brushed paints.  For spray types I have no idea.  Save it.  If it doesn't work out, then you'll know next time.
 - 'Doc

Thats a lot of help, isn't it?
Title: Re: Storage of mixed (or thinned) paints
Post by: Dave Leishman on June 09, 2006, 10:38:54 PM
An old tip from the home DIY arena is to store used pots or containers of paint upside down (make sure the lid is tight!) and the skin will form 'under' the paint where the air bubble is. To use it again, just turn it the right way up and carefully open the lid (the paint will be right to the brim) - as the skin is beneath the paint there's no problem with breaking it and getting lumps in the paint.
Title: Re: Storage of mixed (or thinned) paints
Post by: dpbarry on June 09, 2006, 11:25:36 PM
Cheers Folks.

Declan