How to Properly Store Paint in the Winter Months

How do you store paints and finishes over the winter?

It is extremely rare that you will buy the perfect amount of paint for a painting job that you’ll be doing. Most times it is common to have to store paint in Toronto, especially if you want to have extra paints for touch ups down the road. Sounds simple, right? Well, it gets a little more complicated during the cold winter months.


Here are some guidelines that you should follow while you want to store paints in Toronto.

Guideline#1: Paint Storage Temperature


A huge thing that not a lot of people take into consideration when they want to store paints is what the temperature of the room will be where they want to store paints and finishes.

  • If the paint is water-based, DO NOT store the paint in a cellar or garage. If you do this, you run the risk of the paint freezing over.
  • Try to store paints and finishes at room temperature, in a closet , paint storage or something similar.
  • If your paint is oil-based or lacquer, you don’t need to worry as much about the temperature of the room, as it takes a lot more to freeze this kind of paint. We still recommend that you store paints at room temperature.

Guideline#2: Paint Containers

This may seem obvious, but the container that you are choosing to store paints in is extremely important.

  • If the paint can that you have is damaged, go to your local hardware and paint stores in Toronto to pick up a new, empty one.
  • If you can’t find an empty paint can, find a vacuum-sealed jar to store your paint in.
  • When applying the lid to the container, make sure there is NO paint on the edges of the container. When it dries, the paint will glue the can shut.
  • Make sure the lid is sealed 100%. If it is not, air can get into the paint container and you run the risk of the paint drying while in the can.

Guideline#3: Paint Smell/Toxins

During the winter months in Toronto, since your paint may be stored inside your house, You may want to take extra precautions to make sure the paint smell doesn’t get out.

 Guideline#4: Label the Lid when you want to store paints

  • If you just finished an interior painting job, its important to make sure you label each can with the corresponding room or areas that were painted. This will keep you from having to open each can to check the paint colors when you are doing interior touch ups
  • Its equally important to keep the paint color code and the number displayed also. This is important so if you need more paint, the paint stores know which paint to make. Also, if there were any alterations to the paint formula, its important to note that on the can as well.
  • If its interior painting or exterior painting, is important to label that as well.

Guideline#5: Stay Organized

  • When storing your paint, keep it all in one area and somewhere you will always remember if you ever need the paint or formula. The most common areas to store paints are basement storage areas, or closets.
  • Do NOT store it in the garage as many times the paint will freeze since most garages are not heated over the winter.
  • Never store the paint in a damp area also (cold storage or a porch area). The paint Can will rust and potentially ruin as well if its in really moist areas, especially in Toronto and the GTA.

And you’re ready to store your paint! Using this knowledge, you can let your interior painting projects go on for as long as you want!

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