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Use Waxed Paper to Prevent Skin on Stored Paint

To prevent unused paint from forming a skin, trace the paint can lid onto a piece of waxed paper. Use the top of the lid, not the side that the paint is on. Cut out the waxed paper and place it directly onto the paint.

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When you use the paint again, simply shake up the can and you're good to go. Do not try to remove the waxed paper, it only causes a mess. (Learned that the hard way.) Just ignore the paper. If paint is still left over, place new waxed paper onto the paint.

Works like a charm on latex paint. I have not had occasion to try this with oil based paint.

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December 9, 20160 found this helpful

Always wanted to try this, but wondered what kind of mess it would be to remove the waxed paper. Thanks for answering that.

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