Using Leftover PaintJan 12, 2012 10:29 SGT
Calculate it well
Before you buy paint, always calculate how much you need to avoid any wastage.
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Use it up
Second coats, touch-ups, "arts and crafts" projects such as painting flowerpots and furniture, are all good uses for leftover paint.
Water-based paint of different colours can be blended to produce a beige or gray colour that is suitable for use on "low profile" projects such as storage rooms, basements, attics and sheds.
Call around local community groups, charities or even your neighbours to see if they are in need of paint.
Use your store as a paint recycling drop-off site. Deliver the paints to a manufacturer that develops recycled-content paint.
Storing Leftover Paints
When you are ready to store paints:
1. Clean any dried or moist paint from the threads of the can and lid.
2. Cover the opening of the can with plastic wrap or wax paper for oil-based paints. The wrap seals the can and makes it easier to remove the film that forms after it has been sitting around for a while.
3. Fit the lid securely on the can and gently tap it with a hammer until it is completely sealed.
4. Turn the paint can upside down. The paint will naturally form a skin to help seal the paint and keep it fresh.
5. Paint is flammable. Store in a climate-controlled area away from heat sources. Cans exposed to extreme heat can expand causing the paint to leak.
Disposing of Water-based Paints
Paint should not be taken to a landfill or poured down a sink. Use the following method when disposing of water-based paints:
1. Fill a paper bag or box with kitty litter, sand or saw dust.
2. Pour the remaining paint over the absorbent material.
3. Allow to dry completely in a well-ventilated area away from children, pets and direct heat.
4. Dispose of the solid matter in the regular trash.
5. For paint residue in the can, remove the lid and allow to dry completely. Remove the skin and dispose of it in the regular trash. Leave the label on the can and recycle if a program is available in your area.
Disposing of Oil-based Paints and Solvents
Oil-based paints and solvents, including mineral spirits, are considered hazardous waste materials. Special precautions and steps must be taken for proper disposal. Never dispose of oil-based paints or solvents in the regular trash or pour them down the sink. Some communities have special hazardous waste collection programs for paints. Check your local regulations to ensure proper handling.
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