Chad’s Tips: Four seasons in one day. Keep your spray equipment safe by storing materials correctly

Living in the UK means that we’re used to experiencing variable temperatures and weather conditions, but storing materials incorrectly in extreme weather and temperature conditions can not only have a detrimental effect on your paint and solvents, it can also damage your paint spray equipment. So how can we store paint materials correctly, to avoid the cost and inconvenience of waste, and expensive repairs to our spray equipment?

Storing paint and solvents correctly is crucial for maintaining their quality, integrity, avoiding waste and cost and ensuring safety on site. It also ensures that you don’t cause damage to your paint spray equipment. Whether you're a professional painter or a DIY enthusiast, Chad’s Top Tips this month could save you time and money!

 1. Choose the Right Containers 

  • Original Containers: Whenever possible, store paint and solvents in their original containers. These are specifically designed to handle the chemical composition of the product.
  • Airtight Seals: Ensure that the lids of the containers are tightly sealed. Air exposure can cause paint to dry out and solvents to evaporate, reducing their effectiveness. Be aware that in extreme temperatures containers can expand and contract, damaging the seal so storing them where they will not be exposed to extreme temperatures is really important. What would it cost you if your material stock was damaged?
  • Labelling: Clearly label all containers with the type of paint or solvent and the date of purchase. This helps in identifying the contents later and knowing when it’s time to dispose of them.

 2. Temperature Control

Temperature is a critical factor in storing paint and solvents. Extreme temperatures can affect both the containers and the contents. It may seem like common sense, but we see customers get caught out regularly. Here are some tips on storing your materials:

  • Storing paints and solvents: Store paints and solvents in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Ideal temperatures range from 60°F to 80°F (15°C to 27°C).
  • Avoid Freezing: Paint, especially latex paint, can freeze and become unusable. If stored in a garage or shed, ensure the temperature does not drop below 32°F (0°C).
  • Avoid Excessive Heat: High temperatures can cause solvents and containers to expand, leading to leaks or explosions. It can also cause paint to thicken and become difficult to use.

3. Safety Precautions

  • Ventilation: Store these materials in a well-ventilated area to avoid the buildup of fumes, which can be hazardous.
  • Keep away from Flames: Keep paint and solvents away from open flames, sparks, or any source of ignition. This includes heaters, furnaces, and electrical appliances, this includes vapes and mobile phones.
  • Childproofing: If you are carrying out a DIY job at home or working in a domestic property as a contractor, ensure that paints and solvents are stored out of reach of children and pets. Consider using locked cabinets for added safety.

 5. Impact on Paint Spray Equipment

Storing paint incorrectly can have detrimental effects on your paint spray equipment:

  • Clogging: Paint that has thickened due to improper storage can clog spray nozzles and hoses, leading to uneven application and equipment damage.
  • Corrosion: Exposure to air and moisture can cause paint to degrade, which can then lead to corrosion inside your spray equipment.
  • Shortened Lifespan: Using degraded paint can reduce the lifespan of your spray equipment, resulting in frequent repairs or replacements.
  • Regular Maintenance: Ensure your equipment is cleaned thoroughly after each use, and always use properly stored paint to prevent buildup and damage. If you require support with servicing and maintenance of your spray equipment, you can contact us via phone, enquiry form or chatbot.

Check out our other blogs about cleaning spray equipment, maintaining your hose, use of Pump Armor  and TSL.

5. Disposal of Old Paint and Solvents

  • Local Regulations: Follow local regulations for disposing of paint and solvents. Many communities have specific guidelines or designated drop-off locations for hazardous materials.
  • Use It Up: Try to use up any leftover paint on small projects or offer it to someone who can use it. Most towns and cities have a community paint company who recycle paint for people who can’t afford to buy it in the shops.
  • Solidify Before Disposal: If disposal is necessary, some localities allow dried-out paint to be disposed of with regular trash. Allow the paint to solidify by leaving the lid off or adding a paint hardener.

 6. Best Practices for Long-Term Storage

  • Rotate Stock: Use older stock first to prevent the accumulation of outdated materials.
  • Protect Labels: Cover labels with clear tape to protect them from paint drips or solvent spills, ensuring they remain legible.
  • Shelving: Store containers on sturdy shelves, not on the floor, to prevent rusting and moisture damage.

 7. Specific Tips for Different Types of Paint and Solvents

  • Latex Paint: Store in a place where temperatures remain above freezing. If the paint separates, stir it thoroughly before use.
  • Oil-Based Paint: More durable than latex paint in varying temperatures but should still be stored in a controlled environment to prevent thickening.
  • Solvents (like Turpentine, Mineral Spirits): These are highly flammable and should be stored in metal containers with tight seals, away from any heat sources. 


Proper storage of paint and solvents extends lifespan, maintains quality, and ensures a safer environment. It also ensures your spray equipment and accessories remain in good working order. By following these guidelines, you can protect your investment in these materials and avoid potential hazards.

If you have damaged your paint spray equipment and need support, call our team today to book a service.

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