Three Ways to Avoid Paint Touch-Up Mistakes

Not every unit turn requires a total repaint; sometimes a touch-up is all that’s needed. But unless you’re familiar with how long paint can last and how colors change in the industry over time, you may be painting yourself into a corner and over your budget.

1. Your Paint May Expire Before You’re Ready to Use It 

Opened latex paint has a shelf life of about one year, and it needs to be stored properly or it may expire faster. Unopened latex paint has a shelf life of Paint Touch Up Tipsabout three years.

When storing opened paint, make sure to never leave roller covers or brushes in the paint containers. They tend to cause mold and mildew issues that make the paint smell foul quickly.

Latex paint that has gone bad can develop a lumpy consistency, leave a rough finish on painted surfaces, peel easily, or leave behind an offensive odor.

Lumpy paint may be a sign that it was stored at temperatures either hotter or colder than the manufacturer’s recommendation. To extend the life of your paint, keep it tightly sealed and stored at an ideal temperature, somewhere between 60 and 80°F, otherwise you’re pouring money down the drain.

If your paint has expired, be sure to dispose of it properly with products such as Xsorb, which solidify paint.

Switching to no VOC paints on your next major repaint project will help you avoid color mismatches later as paint manufacturers continue to change their formulas.

2. Reformulations to Eliminate VOCs May Make It Hard to Purchase the Same Color

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) often found in paint can cause a variety of health issues, ranging from respiratory complications to cancer. VOCs are also responsible for paint’s noxious odor.

Green programs, building standards, and state laws limiting the use of VOCs in paint have prompted manufacturers to change their products over the past few years. It’s a smarter, healthier move, but reformulations make it difficult to create an exact match to older ready-mix and custom colors.

Switching to no VOC paints on your next major repaint project will help you avoid color mismatches later as paint manufacturers continue to change their formulas.

HD Supply Facilities Maintenance’s preferred paint supplier, PPG Architectural Coatings, which also makes Glidden and Glidden Professional paints, has moved to a no VOC formula. This means customers who purchase PPG and Glidden products will not experience color mismatches caused by VOC reformulations.

3. Custom Paint Is Not Always Consistent

There are circumstances when even having the paint code color formula isn’t enough to ensure you get the exact shade. Every paint calibration machine is unique. Unless you return to the same store location you bought your paint from, you may not get consistent results.

HD Supply Facilities Maintenance uses PPG Architectural Coatings, for custom color paint. They create a customer profile, which includes your Painting with easeprevious orders, so you’ll never have to guess what you ordered. And their color system delivers precision, accuracy, and consistency each time you order.

What Should You Do to Ensure Your Next Paint Project is a Success?

1. Stock a year’s worth of extra paint. It will help offset any color match issues caused by industry changes. Just be sure you store it properly.

2. Budget for a complete repaint job. If you’ve just completed a repaint job and you didn’t order touch-up paint, you may need to plan to repaint when your residents move out.

3. Talk to your HD Supply Facilities Maintenance sales representative. They can help you create a conversion plan and introduce you to PPG Architectural Coatings so you’ll get consistent quality every time.

4. Visit to see our selection of paint and paint supplies.

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