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How to Preserve Paint with Plastic Wrap

By: Joe Truini

If you bought paint recently, you know that good quality paint is not cheap, so when you buy a gallon you want to make sure you use every drop of it.

If you finish a project and end up with half a gallon of paint, you want to store it safely, so you can reuse it next time.

Now, although the can is half filled with paint it’s also half filled with air, and that air can cause problems. For instance, a thick skin will form on the top layer of the paint, making it almost impossible to use next time.

This happens, not only with paint, but also with clear coat varnishes and sealers and things like that, so you want to try to store it safely and seal out as much air as possible.

And all you need is some regular ol’ plastic food wrap. Pull off a big ol’ piece of it and you want to lay it right in the paint can.

You want to try to set it as carefully as you can on top of the paint, right on the paint itself, and then press it against the sides of the can.

So once the plastic’s sitting right on the paint like that, just replace the lid and store the paint. Then when you’re ready to paint again, just pull off the lid carefully.

Remove the plastic and the paint will be fresh, ready for a new coat.

Watch the video above to see Joe’s Simple Solution.


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    Thomas Boni Says:
    October 14th, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience with the TodaysHomeowner.com community, Debbie!

    Take care. 🙂



  • Debbie Says:
    October 11th, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Thanks Joe. I’ve been doing this for a long time, but I have only been covering the top of the can with the saran wrap then put the lid on. Haven’t had a problem with any thick skin. Maybe next time I’ll try it your way (o:>


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How to Preserve Paint with Plastic Wrap