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How to Dispose of Old Paint

How to Dispose of Old Paint?

Do you have a bunch of old paint from past projects that you want/need to get rid of? My Denver Painter wants to explain a few ways that you can do just that!

See if the Paint Is Still Good

All paint has a shelf life. If you have a latex-based paint, then you can expect it to last about 10 years. Solvent-based paints will probably last about 15 years. Keep in mind that there are several other factors that will affect how long your paint lasts. For instance, if your paint has been exposed to extreme temperatures, then this can shorten the lifespan.

The paint also will not last as long if you have not sealed the container properly. So, make sure you do this when you are storing your paint for later. You can stir the paint in order to determine whether it is any good. Rubbery paint that is difficult or impossible to stir is no good.

Decide What You Want to Keep

Even if the paint may still be good, you may not want to keep all of it. If the leftover paint is the same color as paint that you currently have your walls, then you may want to keep it. It can come in handy if you need to do minor touch-ups later. If you do not have a use for the paint, however, you have a few options for how to dispose of it.

Keep the Primers

Lightly colored paints and primers are always good to keep around the house. You may want to consider keeping a container or two of these kinds of paints stored to save money on future projects.

Donate Unwanted Paint

You can donate paint that is still good if you do not want it. Ask around if your family members or friends would like to take it off your hands or make it available to your neighbors. Sometimes local paint contractors will also take your unwanted paint, so do not be shy about asking them.

Dispose of the Paint

All paints are potent and must be disposed of properly in order to prevent environmental harm. The place you live will determine how you should dispose of the paint. There are some places that allow you to dispose of the paint with household trash. It all just depends on your local rules and regulations. If your trash pickup does allow you to throw away paint with them, make sure to mix kitty litter or another binder with it so that it solidifies properly.

If you have an oil-based paint, then you will need to check with the Department of Environmental Conservation about how to properly dispose of the paint.

And if you want to take the headache out of your next painting project, then you should call My Denver Painter! We are meticulous and thorough and always clean up when we leave so that you do not have to do anything but enjoy your home.

By My Denver Painter 8-17-2020