How To Properly Use A Paint Filter

Clean out debris from paint - and reuse

Use A Paint Filter - Don't Throw Good Material Away

Ever have the following problem?

You've got a little touch-up to do in the bedroom, so you go out to the garage to find the old can of the original paint you used to paint the room with.

You open it up, pour some paint into a roller pan, and begin to roll on the paint.

"What's this?", you say to yourself. "Where'd all these specs and flakes of paint come from???".

Welcome to the world of DIY painting.

The funny/sad part of this scenario is that I go through this same thing about once every 2 or 3 months. You would think I would know better.

Paint Gets "Exposed"!

You see, once you open a can of paint, air hits the surface and starts to act on it right away. And what happens once air hits paint? That's right, it starts to dry. So you should always replace the lid after pouring the paint into a roller pan.

But paint can also "turn" while sitting on the shelf.

If you used half of a can a few months ago to paint your bedroom walls, you'll notice after opening up the can that a little bit of the paint had congealed and pretty much just gotten real gloppy.

Most people simply throw the can away if the paint is too far gone. You can, however, save the good paint left in the can, and use it for touch-up purposes.

mesh paint filter

The answer, of course, is to use a paint filter to screen and clean out any residue that resulted from sitting on the shelf for so long.

filtering out old paint

In the example shown in the photograph, I have a 5-gallon bucket filter to show the process of filtering out residue from a 5 gallon bucket of paint. The filter itself is a light, white mesh screen that is small enough to catch even the slightest of debris in your paint.

Simply attach it to your bucket, or 1 gallon paint can (there is a 1 gallon screen available too), pour the paint into receiving bucket or can, and let drain.

Once the paint is filtered, reverse the filter inside-out, and rinse clean with warm soapy water.

And there you have it. Clean paint, and much more importantly, a happy painter!

TOP of How To Properly Use A Paint Filter

RETURN to Painting Tips

Home to House Painting Guru