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    Default Left over paint

    How long can I keep the left over paint?

    I painted my garage door more than 2 years ago and the left over paint was kept in its original container with its lid properly closed.

    This morning, I opened up the lid and to my surprise, it still looks OK, stirred it up and there's no change of colour, everything looks perfect, at least to me. LOL.

    Question: Can I still use it?

    Any 'experts' here to advise me? I wish to use it to paint a timber door.

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    Default Re: Left over paint

    There are all sorts of theories about, but I've used good quality paint that has been much older than that with no problems.
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    Default Re: Left over paint

    Go for it! Paint is paint is paint.........until all the solvents evaporate. Then it gets much harder to brush on.

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    Default Re: Left over paint

    Thanks guys.

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    Default Re: Left over paint

    2 years is nothing on some of the stuff I've used, and it still worked just fine.
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    Default Re: Left over paint

    Yeah. I (re)used zinc paint shield (forgot the actual name) after being stored for nearly eight years. Just needed a little mix and still brushed out good.
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    Default Re: Left over paint

    That's great! Saves me a few dollars (x10). ha ha.

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    Default Re: Left over paint

    Have a look at this thread: http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/showthr...old-housepaint

    That was in 2011 and I can report that the paint is holding up fine.
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    Default Re: Left over paint

    Thanks, Tony.

    That sounds very encouraging.

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    Just remember the daylight saving factor this time of the year. It may be worse on old paint!

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