Does anyone know if there's any specific reason that paint cans are
opaque? I prefer to put paint into 4 1-quart clear buckets from Ace
hardware rather than leave it in the can. But I've noticed that
companies that sell in plastic jugs (i.e. Dutch Boy) still have opaque
ones, though that may be intended so that people don't assume that the
wet paint color will be the same once it's dried. Right now I've put
some Varathane in clear buckets, but am wondering if I should put it
in quart cans instead - i.e. does light damage the product?
They're not. If you buy "decorator" shades of water based emulsions here
in the UK (latex to you guys ?), then many of the more retail-oriented
brands are now in clear plastic buckets.
For gloss paints, the resins used are more UV sensitive and so I've not
seen these in clear packaging. Pigment is pretty stable against fading,
compared to the resins yellowing.
In the US I have yet to see latex paint in clear buckets. Dutch Boy is
the only one I've seen that comes in plastic containers to begin with
(with a nice pour spout), rather than cans which quickly turn into a
Looks like for a gloss clear varnish, I should start transferring it
into hydrogen peroxide bottles.
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