If you ever observe a professional painter at work, you’ll notice that they’ll always decant their paint from the original can into a separate paint pot. But why? The main reason is to reduce the number of contaminants that can make their way into the paint.
Brushes and rollers that are dipped into a paint can will likely leave behind bristles, dust, dirt, spider webs and all kinds of foreign objects picked up from the surface you are painting, which can lead to bacterial contamination. While Resene paint is made with biocides in it to protect it against this, if the paint is stored for a long period, the contamination can start to take over and spoil it. Pouring a little bit at a time into a separate paint pot will prevent the entire can being ruined.
Choose the right size paint pot for your job and for your paint – Resene has paint pots available in 1L, 2L and 4L sizes. Waterborne paints and stains can generally go into plastic or metal paint pots, while solventborne paints should only be used in metal paint pots as the solvents can affect plastic.
A great hack for pouring your Resene paint from the original can into a smaller pot without making a major mess is by using painter’s tape. Place one piece along the rim of one side of the paint can and a second piece on the rim of the other side, making a pointed end like the top of a triangle. This creates a spout for the paint so you can pour it without paint going everywhere. Once you’re done, simply remove the tape.