How to deal with rusted paint cans
Have you ever opened a paint can only to find the top had become rusty? You have a few choices on how to deal with it.
- you can use the paint from the can and take a chance of the rustiness getting on your brush.
- you can pour it into a container to use for your current project.
- you can throw it out.
- you can do what I’m going to show you.
If that has happened to you, you know it’s nearly impossible to reseal a can like this to keep your paint in decent condition.
I’ve found that it’s better to stir it up, and carefully transfer it into a detergent jug for safe keeping.
TIP: You must rinse out all of the remaining detergent. I generally fill with water, shake, empty, repeat several times. Then I fill the jug with water and let it set for awhile to loosen any buildup, then rinse, shake, repeat again.
I have a couple of mesh paint strainers. You can pick them up at your local hardware store or on Amazon– 1 Gallon Elastic Opening Strainer Bags 6 Pieces
I stir the paint trying not to disturb any of the rust.
You can see toward the end of the can, the paint is rather goopy, but because I used the strainer, I know there are no clumps in the jug.
I decided it would be less messy if I pushed the strainer further into the jug.
You can see that the spout sort of makes it difficult for the paint to get in the jug. I wiped it off and went on with my painting.
The next time I wanted to save some paint, I used a different jug. I removed the spout in order to get the paint into it.
I didn’t strain this can of paint because it was a brand new gallon of paint.
After I poured the paint into the jug, I replaced the pour spout to make it easy to pour paint the next time I use it.
I used a marker to identify the brand, type, and color of paint.
With the ERA jug, you can even see the amount of paint as well as the color of paint in the little window.
I have identified the color on this one as well.
So, if you have a surplus of laundry detergent jugs and are a paint hoarder like I am, you’ve got it made!
Do you have a great tip for storing paint? If so, please leave it in a comment below.