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does unreduced automotive paint have a 'shelf life'?

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Yes, especially if kept in the garage where cold weather tends to sperate the solids from the liquids.

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Yes, especially if kept in the garage where cold weather tends to sperate the solids from the liquids.
how long usually and assuming I pop the top and it looks the same as it did before, is there a way to tell? I assume the seperate reducer is fine either way since it is just a single component?
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how long usually and assuming I pop the top and it looks the same as it did before, is there a way to tell? I assume the seperate reducer is fine either way since it is just a single component?


I would think as long as you don't actually see it seperating it should still be good. I know some paints if it gets below a certain temperature, the solids will settle at the bottom. I am only commenting on paints in general, can't comment on your specific brand. If you can stir it up and every thing is as when you put it up, it should be good. Now I would not trust paint that is 5 years old or anything. But you get the general idea.

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should be ok...as long as it reamins unopened. Get it to a store and shake the shit out of it before using....

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i just got certified, it took a year to do all the classes. even in the manual;s they say that as long as it remains a constant liquid it is fine, meaning no chunks, or clumps, after it is shaken it should look brand new.
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if you strain the paint and it looks fine i would still use it
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should be ok...as long as it reamins unopened. Get it to a store and shake the shit out of it before using....


Yes, the reamins part is the most important part.

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This is a fine question...so, as long as a can of paint remains unopened for any amount of time sealed from the elements, it is okay to use?



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This is a fine question...so, as long as a can of paint remains unopened for any amount of time sealed from the elements, it is okay to use?



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Not always true. Once again very cold weather can cause the paint to solidify. (seperate the solids from the liquds) The more stable temp that you keep paint at (example 70 degrees) the better the shelf life. Not sure what the deal with paint getting cold is.

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Around two years ago I shot a car with Sikkens base that was over seven years old. Still looks good today. If it stays sealed & at a moderate temperature it should be fine for quite a while.
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Okay, lets say I have 2 quarts of Spies Hecker paint and a half gallon of 'Medium' speed Spies reducer and a car that has been sanded down to the metal in a few small places (no bigger than a salad plate at the most).

Provided I have a HVLP gun, decent air compressor, water trap, breather mask, etc., make me a shopping list of paint and materials I'd need to paint a 96 Mustang.

approximate prices and places to purchase would be helpful too
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go to english color off of davis blvd. or sherwin williams automotive off of sylvania and 121. or find someone who sells what you want, but you need to use a sealer on all of the car that has been sanded on, and sealer will cover bare metal and all of the sandscratches provided that they are not like 80 grit....use a high build primer first if you have scratches that large...then sand it down then seal, basecoat, and clearcoat......but make damn sure that before you start this project to clean the car, take an air compressor with an air chuck and blow in every nook and cranny, every crevice, then wash the car with tide and water....preferrably, then degrease the car, tac cloth it if you need, then start mixing your paint....send me a pm, if you want any help or advice, i just got finished painting my '95 GTS, was red...now it is a wicked blue.
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I hear English Color is expensive, any other places? I am thinking I should just single stage this thing and be done with it. Anyone ever single stage some ghost flames? lol
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I don't know about Spies, but PPg is 3years unopened and 1 yr if opened and reduced.
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