This is a question I answer on a weekly basis:
While working on customer’s homes we are often are sent to the basement then to the garage and sometimes out to the back shed to find old paint to perform touch ups or to match to repaint a wall or trim.
What we often find during this hunt is paint from years past, colors of yesterdays past from families who have moved from the home we are now working (see pic).
After finding all the paint we have to attempt to open the paints cans which in some cases mean prying them open with
screw drivers and pliers. (You might have done the same).
There are a couple of solutions to getting rid of old paint properly.
First and foremost, if the paint is still good and are full gallons, this happens often when paint was over bought for a project, is that we donate it to Habitat for Humanity or the local community theater.
When the paint is latex consisting of partial gallons and quarts there are a few options:
If you have any questions regarding your old paint, please feel free in contacting us, we would be happy to assist.