Store Touchup Paint in Film Canisters

Save film canisters and use them to store small amounts of leftover paint for touch-ups. Label each one and store in a handy place. Instead of a label, you can also just paint a part of the film canister lid with the paint for quick reference.


By duckie-do from Cortez, CO

October 27, 20100 found this helpful

My friend did this in her new home and, when she needs to do a touch up, dips her finger or thumb in the paint, covers the mark, and a quick hand wash and she's done, brush-less!

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October 18, 20110 found this helpful

Do that many people really buy film anymore? I haven't bought it in years.

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October 18, 20110 found this helpful

This is a great tip, but Lilac has a point there. How many of us really buy film anymore?

If you do use this tip though, I'd recommend taping a bright colored piece of paper (I love the bright colored post-it tape that come in a roll like scotch tape) around the sides too telling the brand, color name, and where it was used at. Just in case you should ever need to buy anymore.

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October 18, 20110 found this helpful

Since most of us don't buy film anymore, another suggestion would be to use empty aspirin bottles. They are small like the film containers, and have a screw-on lid that won't come off too easily, but will come off when you need it.

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