Winter Is Coming
As you start to bump up the thermostat and bring out the flannel sheets, take a walk around your home and make sure everything is ready for freezing temperatures. A few minutes now can save a lot of time later!
Things To Do:
- Don’t store paint outside or anywhere that might freeze. Move it in to a shelf in your basement or garage where the temperatures won’t get below freezing.
- Store your paint up off the cement floor. A shelf is ideal, or even just wood on the floor protects the can from rusting.
- Cover all your outdoor water faucets and pipes.
- Clean out your gutters so water can drain freely and prevent frozen downspouts.
- Drain hoses and store them where they won’t freeze. Who wants to wrestle with a stiff hose?
What If My Paint Already Froze?
Latex paint is very sensitive to freezing temperatures. Even being left in a van overnight might be enough to permanently damage it. If your paint has frozen previously, it may change in consistency. If the paint looks or smells bad, it is certainly not okay to use. But frozen paint that looks good might not perform correctly. Your best bet (besides protecting your paint!) is to get fresh paint. To dispose of ruined paint, see our suggestions here.