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'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!