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Save Leftover Paint in Smaller Containers

When you are done with a small glass jar with a screw lid, wash both pieces well and dry. The next time you have a paint job before putting the lid on the can, pour some into your little jar and store it.


When it's time to do a little touch up or small repair you can easily grab the right jar by the color. It's very easy to mix up and you don't need to lug out the big can and do all that tedious mixing!

By Trisha from Ventura, CA

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February 18, 20100 found this helpful

You've just freed up a lot of space in my basement!

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April 21, 20170 found this helpful

Stretch a piece of plastic wrap over the open paint can before closing the lid. This will create an additional seal to keep the paint fresh.

Keep the leftover paint in a cool dry area to keep it from spoiling and becoming unusable.

Label the lid of the paint can with the color, brand, room it was used for, and the date it was opened.


Keep any and all contaminants out of the paint cans. Dirt, dust, oil, or just about any foreign particle or substance will contaminate your paint and make it unusable.

Keep it away from direct sunlight or near any inflammable object.

Turn the can upside down to allow the paint to create its own seal.

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