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Old 02-28-2013, 05:47 PM
 
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I have some old tins of interior latex paint sitting in the shed. I have no idea how long they've been there or their use by date. There is about an inch of seperated liquid on top and what looks like normal piant beneath that. I have attached a pic.

So are they ok to use? I don't have a need for them myself, but considered selling them.

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Old 02-28-2013, 05:53 PM
 
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When is it too old? When it has lead in it!

All paint separates. You just mix it up. If it mixes well and goes on smoothly, it's okay.

I wouldn't go to the trouble of selling it since you won't get much for it.

Check to see if you have a construction recycling center in your area that takes paint donations.

A church or another nonprofit might have use for it too.
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:25 PM
 
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How to Determine When Paint Is Too Old to Use? | eHow.com
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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To borrow a Jeff Foxworthy proverb from "You Might be a Redneck..."
If oil-based has NO MORE oil, it's probably not usable!

If latex smells like S#!T, it's probably not usable!

These are my rules for paint because everything else I do to a can will usually make it last for at least 5yrs- any amount of time after that its usually junk.
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Old 03-01-2013, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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According to my friend who is a professional painter, if it is still liquid, you can stir it up run it through a strainer and use it. That being said he never does. The savings in paint is not worth the labor costs if you have to re-do it.
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Old 03-01-2013, 02:45 PM
 
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We touch up with our leftover paint all the time. Some of it is 12 to 18 years old.

It's perfectly fine. Maybe that's because the cans are not exposed to extreme temperatures.
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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That being said he never does. The savings in paint is not worth the labor costs if you have to re-do it.

No truer words...
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:10 PM
 
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If you're DIY, the labor costs don't matter. Anyone who thinks their time is too valuable hires out anyway.
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:37 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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According to my friend who is a professional painter, if it is still liquid, you can stir it up run it through a strainer and use it. That being said he never does. The savings in paint is not worth the labor costs if you have to re-do it.
I'm a professional painter, and, this. Also, smell it - paint can turn rancid and if you pry open the lid and the stuff reeks it is really not worth saving.
Paint can last for a decade or more if conditions are right. But old paint is old paint and not really worth much unless you're still using it for touch-up on your home.
Paint technology has improved in such leaps and bounds even in the last decade that ten-year-old paint is sort of like a ten-year-old cell phone.

You could try unloading it on craigslist for a buck or two a gallon. Or check with your trash removal company; most have ways to discard of old paint and other solvents safely.
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