I've been offered a nearly full 5-gallon bucket of Behr Interior latex white
flat paint that is about 5 years old. It was opened originally and has been
sealed since (presumably well sealed). I don't have it yet, so I can't open
it up and look inside. I am considering using this paint for cottage cheese
acoustic ceilings. Is it possible that the paint is still good enough to
use? Once I get the paint in hand, how can I tell if it's still good?
Five years isn't old. If it looks like paint and stirs up
ok, you can use it but you may have to strain it if you are
going to spray it. It may very well be a solid piece or it
may have shrunk and is solid on the sides and soft in the
middle. Either is not good. If you have any doubts, don't
use it. Latex flat white is about the cheapest paint
available at $10 or less per gallon. I would suspect a 5
gallon can would currently be around $40.
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