Using a paint storage cabinet can be a great way to consolidate all of those half used paint cans and get them out of all the little hiding places around the house or garage. Having paint cans scattered around is a fire hazard as most paints are solvent-based meaning that they are liable to explode under high temperatures. Keeping them all in one secure place reduces this risk and you can lower it even further if you can buy a fireproof storage cabinet.
The most popular forms of storage cabinets for paint are free standing safety cabinets. They are made from galvanized steel meaning that they are incredibly hard to ignite so your spare paint is much more protected. Most safety cabinets also come with a minimum of two-inch lips at the bottom to make sure that no paint spills in the case of an accident.
The fact that they are free standing should not put you off as the total weight of your paint and the paint storage cabinet will make it very sturdy. Each unit comes with movable shelves so you can store all sizes of paint cans and not worry about it toppling over. However, it is still a good idea to put the bigger cans towards the bottom and those that you are most likely to use next year towards the middle for ease of access.
The biggest choice that you will need to make when you are looking for a paint storage cabinet is the kind of door. You’ll find three different options, each with its own pros and cons:
If you do not have the finances or space for a safety cabinet, it is possible to use a regular storage cabinet for your paints. However, you should still look out for galvanized metal shelves for security as well as strength. Plastic shelves have a tendency to buckle if your paint cans are still full, while wooden shelves represent a fire hazard. Metal shelves are also much easier to clean in the case of spillage, as you will be able to use alcohol rub to clear the mess without damaging the surface.
Cleaning your paint storage cabinet is something that you should think about doing every summer. This is in part because you are more likely to paint in the summer when it is warmer and paint dries quicker and in part because the alcohol in your cleaning products will dry out faster. Whatever time of year you choose to do it, you should do it annually to reduce the risk of rust.