Paint is not wine: it definitely does not improve with age. Acrylic paint can actually go rotten with a smell like nothing on earth!
Well-stored paint may be usable for a year or two. But by ‘usable’ I mean it still has lumps and bits of rust from the can.
Recycled paint seems like such a hidden bargain. But its not. For a saving of perhaps 10% on the whole job you get a lumpy, off-colour, short-lived result.
So when my clients say they have a can of paint under the house I nearly always suggest we leave it there and buy a brand new can of pristine, long lasting, correctly coloured paint.
(By the way, this method doesn't put any more money in my pocket. In fact it costs me extra time and effort to dig a sample out of your home, take it to the paint shop, wait for a match to be made, then return to your place to patch the hole up!)
I’ll leave you with the advice of my neighbour’s Dad when it comes to doing a quality paint job: “Do you want the same amount of work to last 5 years or 10?”
If you need a Mosman painter or lower north shore painter who specialises in small interior jobs, let's talk.
I hate leaks. Imagine a crime where the detective had to give a fixed written quote on how long it take to solve. That's what a leak job is like.
BUT I have a tip learned over many years and at considerable financial cost to me from so called experts.
The tip is ... look to your gutters. Most home leaks are from blocked and overflowing gutters: I'd say 4 out of 5 maybe.
Rain water running down your exterior walls or through the ceiling can pop out almost anywhere. That's why it's so hard to track back to the source.
Look at your gutters and get someone to clean them out (not me if your gutter is more than 1 story please). And you may well save thousands.
PS. I don't do leaks. BUT if you have a paint or handyman problem click here and I'd be happy to help.
I've been drawing and painting since I was a kid. I've studied art and design and have worked in visual areas my whole life. Now I'm a house painter!