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Saving Up with Latex Paint

Learn how to deal with latex paint so you won’t have problems in the future. Remember, less is more!

Use a spray gun

wagner-latex-paint-sprayerIt’s best to use one of the quality latex paint spray guns when applying latex paint. That’s because aside from uniform coats of paint, you won’t be wasting material if you use a spray gun. That’s because spray guns evenly distribute your paint on surfaces, enabling you to come up with the best-looking painted material ever. Besides, spray guns save time!

Store your paint properly

Cover the opening of your latex paint can with plastic wrap before securing the lid. This will prevent the paint from leaking. Then, store the paint upside down until needed again. Doing so will create a seal that will keep your paint fresh for years. Remember to store it in a dry environment. Don’t store it where freezing can be a problem. Avoid areas that could get too warm.

Defrost your frozen latex paint

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If you were unable to prevent it from freezing, then don’t worry. All you have to do is thaw it. You could use a paper filter or newspaper to do this. If you’re using a newspaper, just lay the paper on a flat surface, set the can on top, and allow it to sit out at room temp for hours until the ice melts. Don’t apply heat; you’ll only make the situation worse. Next, open the can and check the color. It should be the same as it was originally. Check the consistency too. Stir the paint. While stirring, you should be able to notice the smooth consistency. If the latex paint isn’t too thick and the grains are scarce, sift out the paint. If the color is fine, but the paint looks grainy and thick, you can’t use it anymore.

Apply the right primer

There are three types of primers—oil-based, latex, and shellac. Although all of them can work well with latex paints, you have to use the right primer for the material you intend to paint. Oil-based primers are versatile and ideal for wood (whether previously painted or not), steel, and other metals. They’re great for interior and exterior bare wood because they can seal the porous surface of the wood. Meanwhile, latex primers, which are water-based, are best for preparing unfinished drywall for painting. These primers can dry out quickly and are more flexible compared to oil-based primers. They’re also less brittle, which means they’re less vulnerable to cracking and peeling. Latex primers are also recommended for priming brick, concrete, galvanized metals, and soft wood like pine.


Lastly, shellac primers are suitable for interior paint jobs. They’re best at blocking stain, which means they work well on severe smoke and water damage to surfaces and walls. They can even seal in the odor from smoke damage. Shellac primers can also prevent rust, smoke, and normal water stains. And just like oil-based primers, they can also work well at preventing wood tannins from bleeding through new latex paint. These primers can be used on wood, plaster, metal, and plastic because they dry fast and are highly adhesive. The only thing you won’t like about shellac primers is that they release more fumes and aren’t as versatile as the other two primers. They also need you to use denatured alcohol to thin them and to clean your spray gun.

That’s it! Just follow these tips and you’ll be able to save your latex paint for more paint jobs!