Asked by: Haji Kruger
asked in category: General Last Updated: 15th June, 2020

Does paint have an expiration?

The short answer is that yes, paint does go bad. Beyond that, whether or not it is still good depends on the type of paint you have and the conditions in which it is stored. If stored properly you can use oil-based paints for up to 15 years and latex paints for up to 10 years.

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Consequently, how can you tell if paint is still good?

Pry the lid off the can with a screwdriver and smell inside. When the paint is good and still usable the can is full of gases that generate a strong chemical smell. Paint has gone bad when it has a strong rancid odor.

what is the shelf life of paint? When stored properly, an unopened can of latex or oil-based paint should have a shelf life of 2 years. The best storage for paint is in a cool, dry area, away from extreme hot and cold temperatures.

Herein, can you use expired paint?

Yes, latex paint does expire! Latex paint does not, however, expire like milk or food does. Paint can, and in most cases will, become unusable after some time in storage. If properly handled, latex paint can be safely stored for several years.

Can old paint make you sick?

Even though fumes from latex and oil paints can irritate the eyes, nose and throat, they do not poison the body when used as directed. Any irritation should go away once you get into fresh air. Breathing solvent paint fumes for too long can cause headaches, dizziness, and nausea.

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