I recently discovered 2 gallons of gloss enamel paint that sprung a
leak where the loop handle attaches to the can. This seemed to be just
linseed oil (or whatever). I had a couple other gallons that I didn't
care for the color so I tried decanting the oil from the good cans
into the remainder of the leaking cans (after putting it in new cans).
These were all from same manufacturer and same type of paint, just
Then I stirred up the reconstituted paint and tried it on a test
strip. I'm not sure it has dried "hard" on the test strip as it still
feels tacky 3 days later. I'm afraid to use it if it won't dry
completely. Does enamel paint deteriorate over time? This paint is
like 10 years old. Is there something I can add to it to make it dry
out? Any advice besides "pitching it out?" Thanks for any help.
One often used curing agent in oil paints was cobalt naphthenate.
Might find some at an old fashioned paint store. Doesn't take much to
kick off the poymerization of most alkyds and linseed oil. HTH
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