A little paint help, maybe

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O.K. Now that ya'll have helped me solve the Great Shrinking Pants Mystery, I've got something to share with you that may save you some money and maybe ya'll have some suggestions too.

I don't know about most of you, but every year, after Winter is over, I end up with a lot of unusable paint. It seems that they have either gotten frozen or the pigments have settled out and no matter how many drills I burn out trying to get them stirred up, they still aren't usable. I recently opened a can of paint and there was about 4 inches of pigment settled on the bottom that was almost solid. I dipped the settled stuff out, put it in a pan and sat it on a hot plate. Constantly stirring as it heated up. Never let it boil. Soon all of the stuff was back in solution and I poured it back into the paint can along with the liquid that came from the can, stirred it all together and used the paint as usual. Worked like a charm! Nice and smooth paint, not gritty. You might have to thin it out a little bit though. I've been throwing this stuff away but not anymore. I only use this with latex paint. I don't think I'd try it with enamel.

If anyone else has any ways to salvage paint, I'd sure like to hear about it.

Wildman, the painting fool or you might want to drop the "painting".

-- Anonymous, November 09, 2001


Thats a good idea Jack. Never thought of that. Another thing that you can do is mix all your old latex paint together. Sometimes I have a bunch of paint with only a little in it. Course you end up with a mystery color at the end but thats fun too!!.....Kirk

-- Anonymous, November 09, 2001

I think I read somewhere once that if you dump the separated paint into a blender you can blend it back together again . I think you'd want to get yourself a "yard sale special" for that one.

-- Anonymous, November 15, 2001

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