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Old 11-25-2006, 12:33 PM
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Shelf Life of Acrylic paint

Hi all

What roughly would be the shelf life of a tube of acrylic paint? 37ml and 200 ml.. ??

And is there any way to extend the shelf life beyond?

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Old 11-25-2006, 12:44 PM
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Re: Shelf Life of Acrylic paint

I know of acrylics that have lasted years, to the tune of 20 years and still have been usable. I also have some that are two years old and should be thrown out.

If they smell bad, they should be replaced. If they dry out they should be replaced.

I have heard that if you turn the containers of acrylic paint so the lid is down it seals off the air and they will last longer, true or false, who knows but it sure sounds almost sane.
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Re: Shelf Life of Acrylic paint

I have acrylics over 10 years old (Jo Sonja) and they are still quite fine. I would heed the advice of Howard and especially keep the air away, as well as keeping in a cool place.
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Re: Shelf Life of Acrylic paint

My acrylics are going on 5+ years and are still fine. As Howard said, if they smell replace them, if the dry out replace them. That is all I have ever had to do with mine. Incidentally only one dried out. The rest reside happily until used. Don't store them in extreme temperatures but in the house and they should last forever (well...how knows?).
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Re: Shelf Life of Acrylic paint

I have some that are probably close to 20 years old, if not more. Stored in just about any condition aside of freezing you can think of, cold, hot, very hot. They work just fine, like any of my new tubes. Just make sure they are closed well and I don't see why they should ever go bad. As long as air is kept away and they were good quality to begin with they should last for your grandkids to pass on to their's eventually

But then, you should really not keep them that long in the tubes, they really belong on a canvas, don't they? ;p

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Old 11-26-2006, 10:11 AM
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Re: Shelf Life of Acrylic paint

Ah Ok folks.. Thanks a bunch.. So its more than a couple of years then..> Great..

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