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    Posted: 21 Nov. 2020 at 3:25pm
So in the process of cleaning up the shop. I laid eyes on the whole shelf of paint products used in painting CHUG and it got me wondering how long should I keep this stuff and is there a preferred method to assist longevity of said stuff?

The Paint is single stage Acrylic Urethane I also have reducers thinners hardeners Epoxy Sealers and Hi Build Primers. All in the same family and brand (Kirker)

I have the color put into smaller cans so there is almost no air in the can. Not so with the hardener etc.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote bight Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Nov. 2020 at 4:15pm
i have stored many types of paint in small sized glass jars filled to the brim then screwed tight. then stored them lid down. nothing has ever dried out.

grocery store salsa jars are the ticket.

sounds dumb and too cheap to believe, but it works.

certainly there may be some types of paint that will react to the lid inner coating. that may be an issue?
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Not true with all paints but I’ve used paints that were well over 5 years on the shelf.
I prefer to store the paint can upside down so that it’s easier to see
thick sludge that forms over time.
The sludge (solids) needs to be mixed back in.
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I painted mine with single stage urethane and did what bight did. Put it in a glass container. It's been 5 or 6 years now and it's still good. I use it for touch ups now and then. You don't need to add hardener for touch ups. 
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