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Buy Your House Paint For Less $

Updated on July 10, 2015

In Order To Obtain A Discount...

You may need to settle for the colors on hand rather than choosing from the array of hues you can find at the store. If cost over color is okay with you - color is not your top priority - your reward can mean the difference between paying regular cost, or walking away with a great deal. True, you may not find an exact color you like, then again, there is the possibility you may indeed, find a color that is perfect! This option may also be beneficial for a small project.

Even though you may need to settle for a color on hand, there is still another option: you can mix and match the colors yourself. For instance, if you would like brown, buy a red and green if it is available, and mix them together. If you want to lighten your mixture, add white paint. Any color will lighten if you add white or darken if you add black.

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How can you pay less for paint?

Seek out the local painting contractors in your area, call and explain that you would like to know what they may have in the way of “extra” or “left over” paint, and would they be willing to give you a good deal to take the paint off their hands? Often, painting contractors run into situations where the customer changed his mind and decided to go with another color. The contractor is stuck with the left over paint that he will need to store, or may eventually pay to have the paint disposed of. By selling this paint to the consumer at a discounted price, he is actually making money instead of having to pay to get rid of it. In turn, you, the consumer, get paint that is less expensive. The major decision lies in how much paint you need, and how much the contractor can provide to meet those needs.

Another option is to stop by your local paint store and ask if they have any mismatched paint to sell. Generally, paint stores end up with mismatched paint because the customer needs a particular color, but after mixing, his paint ends up being too light or too dark or is just off in color and doesn't suit his needs. Now, instead of having to keep it hanging around or pay to have it disposed of, the store owner may see the benefit of offering it to you at a discount.

You may want to ask about the shelf life of the paint - basically, how long has it been stored, and if the can has been opened. Generally, latex paint has a shelf life as long as 15 years, depending on how it has been stored and whether or not it has been opened. Other factors depend on your climate and the temperatures in which the paint has been stored. Every situation is different, however. As long as you notice that the paint mixes and stirs easily, does not have a rubbery appearance, does not show signs of separation or give off a strange odor, you should be okay to use it. It will still help your cause to ask how old the paint is.

When the painting is done and you find you have left overs, knowing how to store it can help greatly. Here are a few tips that my husband (a painter for 18 years) and I use:

  • Store cans in a cool, dry, place if possible. Avoid leaving them on floor or concrete surface, but try to keep them stored as close to floor level as possible. On the ground, they are vulnerable to punctures or possible pipe water leakage, which could eventually cause rust or erosion on bottom of can, making way for the paint to leak and compromising the quality.
  • Try not to store up high on a shelf where the paint cans are vulnerable to heat (heat rises). Heat may cause pressure inside the can, causing it to expand and could possibly break the seal of the lid. Without a tight seal, the paint will dry up.
  • Do not stack cans on top of each other if you can possibly avoid doing so.
  • Seal lids tightly by using a small, light hammer and hitting around the edges of the lid, not in the center.
  • Label lids with black permanent marker with information of where you used that paint. This makes it easier to target the paint when you need it for future touch ups. Consider a quick swish of paint on side of can or lid.

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    • EsJam profile image

      Essie 2 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you, RTalloni, and to meet you!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      This is useful info on getting the most for paint dollars.