Why storing paint in your shed is a bad idea

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Storing paint ready for your next project may seem like a simple decision, but get it wrong and it will cost you. If your paint gets too hot or too cold it will break down and become useless, meaning you will need to splash out on a new tin of paint to finish your latest paint project. 

While you might know how to paint a room do you know where you need to store your paint when finished? A shed or garage seems like an obvious choice, but it's not for long term storage.

Here we delve into where you should consider keeping your paint and what conditions it needs to stay stable and ready for your next paint job.  

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.