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What to do with unused paint?

Post by ved » Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:24 pm

Hi,

We got our house painted this past summer. To select the colors, we bought a lot of samples (quart size) from Sherwin Williams.
What do we do with all those samples? Can we donate them somewhere?

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by stan1 » Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:31 pm

In my city you take it to a local paint store for recycling. Stores take up to 5 gallons of paint in one visit. Easiest thing to do would be to call the store you bought it from and see what the procedure is in your city. http://www.paintcare.org operates in some states (when required by law).

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by tim1999 » Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:37 pm

This will make some people angry, but I make sure the lids are on properly then put it in thick contractor-style black trash bags and put it in the trash can for pickup. Where I live, the trash folks will take anything as long as they can't see what it is.

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by Gill » Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:46 pm

tim1999 wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:37 pm
This will make some people angry, but I make sure the lids are on properly then put it in thick contractor-style black trash bags and put it in the trash can for pickup. Where I live, the trash folks will take anything as long as they can't see what it is.
Yes, it does make some people angry. Do you have no regard for the environment?
Gill

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by retiredjg » Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:54 pm

My local Sherwin Williams person said they give un-used paint samples to local schools. I suppose they use them for sets in plays or whatever.

Our land fill will take paint that is either dry or mixed with sand or dirt or kitty litter.

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by dodecahedron » Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:58 pm

Theater groups may be able to use them for painting sets. Contact the high school drama club or local community theater.

If worse comes to worse, my understanding is that an environmentally safe way to dispose is to paint scrap wood (e.g. used pallets), let it dry, and throw out the wood.

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by white_water » Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:15 pm

We gave ours to the local Boys and Girls club for art projects after checking to see if paint donation was welcome. They said they'd use it painting stage scenery.

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by motorcyclesarecool » Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:21 pm

My local solid waste district has a drop-off center. They filter it and re-sell the paint in a few colors in 10 gallon batches. If I owned rental real estate, I'd buy it.
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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by latexman » Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:23 pm

For water based latex paint, leave the lid off, let it dry out, then throw it in the trash. It is not hazardous.

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by fposte » Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:28 pm

Gill wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:46 pm
tim1999 wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:37 pm
This will make some people angry, but I make sure the lids are on properly then put it in thick contractor-style black trash bags and put it in the trash can for pickup. Where I live, the trash folks will take anything as long as they can't see what it is.
Yes, it does make some people angry. Do you have no regard for the environment?
Throwing it in the garbage is actually approved in my municipality, though you're supposed to let it dry out first. ved, do you have a city waste/recycling webpage that might guide you?

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by fnmix » Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:29 pm

Tim - is it legal to do this where (State, county) you live?

States/Counties have various guidelines for paint. In California, putting paint in household trash is illegal - at least as I understand the rule (http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/homehazwaste/info/). In Maryland, at least in some counties, there are special handling provisions (http://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/DepH ... ial_key=31)

tim1999 wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:37 pm
This will make some people angry, but I make sure the lids are on properly then put it in thick contractor-style black trash bags and put it in the trash can for pickup. Where I live, the trash folks will take anything as long as they can't see what it is.

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by J295 » Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:31 pm

For latex mix in kitty litter. It hardens overnight and then put in trash.

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by minesweep » Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:32 pm

Gill wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:46 pm
tim1999 wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:37 pm
This will make some people angry, but I make sure the lids are on properly then put it in thick contractor-style black trash bags and put it in the trash can for pickup. Where I live, the trash folks will take anything as long as they can't see what it is.
Yes, it does make some people angry. Do you have no regard for the environment?
Gill
Latex is considered non-toxic. Oil base paints are another matter.

How to dispose of paint cans

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by DaftInvestor » Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:32 pm

It depends upon the type of paint.
For oil based you need to bring it to a household hazardous waste disposal facility.
For latex based pains you can wash it down the drain and throw away the containers.
At least these are the guidelines where I live.

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by minesweep » Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:40 pm

DaftInvestor wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:32 pm
It depends upon the type of paint.
For oil based you need to bring it to a household hazardous waste disposal facility.
For latex based pains you can wash it down the drain and throw away the containers.
At least these are the guidelines where I live.
Never pour paint into a drain. It can damage your pipes and it isn't good for the water supply.
Don't pour paint into the ground. This is hazardous to the soil
If you need to get rid of a lot of latex paint you may want to consider purchasing waste paint hardener. A cup or so of this powder mixed in with a gallon of paint will cause it to harden up within hours.
Disposing of Latex Paint

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by Beth* » Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:41 pm

My local dump takes unused paint and makes it available to non-profits within the community.

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by ved » Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:52 pm

Thanks for all the replies.

My local paint store will not take it back. I even asked if I can leave them in a corner of the store and let their other customers take it if they want to sample it, but they won't allow that.

I am told by local township that either I should dry it (mix it with kitty litter), and then throw it in the trash. Or, take it to a hazardous waste recycling - and we have one coming end of October, but I will not be in town on that day :-(

But, I was hoping that someone can use the paint - seems such a waste to dispose of it. I called the local schools and they wouldn't take it.
I will try boy scouts/ girl scouts, or habitat for humanity of they would take it.

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by BolderBoy » Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:07 pm

latexman wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:23 pm
For water based latex paint, leave the lid off, let it dry out, then throw it in the trash. It is not hazardous.
Right. This is the recommendation I got from a house painter.
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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by cashmoney » Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:09 pm

ved wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:24 pm
Hi,

We got our house painted this past summer. To select the colors, we bought a lot of samples (quart size) from Sherwin Williams.
What do we do with all those samples? Can we donate them somewhere?


List in the Free section of Craigslist.

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by birdy » Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:15 pm

In our city, we call the waste disposal department. They will pick it up at the curb at a time they will determine. They also do this for any other hazardous materials.

birdy

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by InMyDreams » Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:38 pm

in my city, the dump will take almost all hazardous chemicals (including paint) and electronics at no cost to residents - they don't want the nasty stuff in their waste stream. You do have to take it to them.

There are also paint hardeners:
"HDX Paint Hardener is used to harden latex paints. The superabsorbent powders encapsulate the liquid component of the paint, forming a solid block of material. The hardened paint is acceptable for curbside disposal. Solidifies 2/3 gal."

https://www.google.co.ve/search?dcr=0&s ... vS1uiQFIdU

Craig's list is a great idea, too.

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by Yooper16 » Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:25 pm

There are mixes you can buy as a hardener, or as was suggested to mix with kitty litter. The shelves in our basement and garage get periodic painting with the leftovers. It uses the paint and keeps things looking fresher.

Takes a bit of time, but is a relaxing way to spend a couple of hours and have a beer or 2 while listening to some tunes. :sharebeer

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by LeeMKE » Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:36 am

I would mix all the remnant paint and use it to paint the inside of the garage on the next move. It would be a sickly color, but a painted garage is better in any color than an unpainted garage.
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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by mouses » Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:46 am

minesweep wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:32 pm
Gill wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:46 pm
tim1999 wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:37 pm
This will make some people angry, but I make sure the lids are on properly then put it in thick contractor-style black trash bags and put it in the trash can for pickup. Where I live, the trash folks will take anything as long as they can't see what it is.
Yes, it does make some people angry. Do you have no regard for the environment?
Gill
Latex is considered non-toxic. Oil base paints are another matter.
In my state you cannot put liquid paint of any type in the trash. If you don't care about the environment, care about the trash people and their trucks when the lid comes off one of these things.

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by JBTX » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:21 am

latexman wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:23 pm
For water based latex paint, leave the lid off, let it dry out, then throw it in the trash. It is not hazardous.
This is what I recently did and trash collection company said was ok. Around here the paint stores won’t take it.

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by Hayden » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:26 am

We took ours to the Habitat for Humanity donation site.

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by Rupert » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:41 am

I would keep some of the paint for touch ups.

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by ralph124cf » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:57 am

Paint stores in my area recycle oil based paint, but you are on your own for latex.

Ralph

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by BolderBoy » Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:16 am

Hayden wrote:
Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:26 am
We took ours to the Habitat for Humanity donation site.
I tried to do that at the HfH in Farmville, VA. They refused it and said that they only accept donations of brand new, unopened cans of paint.

I guess it is a YMMV issue...
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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by jimmo » Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:17 am

We've been working on some major house remodeling over the last year. Anything from old vanities and sinks to appliances, doors, and leftover paint, we list on the Free section of Craigslist. Usually get multiple responses within hours. They come pick-up and find a use for it (a lot seems to go to guys fixing up rental properties). Anyhow, I don't have to deal with disposing of it and can feel good that it's not being dumped in the landfill. And if I don't even want to hassle with arranging for pick-up, I list it on the Free section of Craigslist the night before trash comes and just put it out to the curb. "Curb alert" free stuff.

To the person putting the lid on tight and hiding in a trash bag, that's as you know probably know the worst way to get rid of it. At least take the lid off and let it dry out first if you want it disposed of and don't want to put in any effort. Cat litter or sawdust will quicken the process, but even the lazy man version of just taking the lid off and letting in the garage a couple days will work too.

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by lthenderson » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:31 am

I'm surprised I haven't seen anyone mention this but I just keep it, combine similar types and for small projects, take it to the store to have them retint them. It isn't precise since they don't have a code that goes from say orange to red, but they generally can get pretty close. To know which types you can combine, my store has a guide that shows which base they start with. Any color that started with that base can be combined and tinted to any other color that starts with that base. Lighter colors start with a different base than darker colors, matte base differs from glossy bases, etc.

For odds and ends that I don't have enough quantity to retint, I donate to the local rehab store where they have more quantity and retint it before reselling it at a steep discount.

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by open_circuit » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:36 am

My previous city of residence provided household hazardous waste collection upon demand at no cost a couple times per year. When I moved, I called to have them collect a bunch of unused paint, solvents, oils, and similar. They told me specifically how to prepare the items and mark them. It was easy. Maybe your city or trash company provides a similar service?

Like other posters said, for latex paint, my old city permitted disposal in the trash as long as it was dried out. They recommended leaving the lid off for the paint to dry for a few days before you dispose of it.

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by knightrider » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:42 am

cashmoney wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:09 pm
List in the Free section of Craigslist.
+1 . I give away all my junk this way. 90% gets picked up in a day! Here's a template I use for my ads to minimize work:

First-come, First-served. Just email me a few specific times you can come. Please also read this information below, otherwise I will ignore your email.

1) Is it available? Yes, I will delete ad once it is gone
2) Where are you located? See map with this ad. I will give exact address once you are ready to pick it up

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by Sandtrap » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:59 am

Our local municipal transfer station has bins and areas for proper disposal of latex paint, oil based paint, solvents, flammables, tires, batteries, recycled materials, etc.

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by adamthesmythe » Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:01 pm

ved wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:24 pm
Hi,

We got our house painted this past summer. To select the colors, we bought a lot of samples (quart size) from Sherwin Williams.
What do we do with all those samples? Can we donate them somewhere?
Even a full quart is not enough to paint anything of significant size.

Maybe use them to paint basement and attic furniture, or the garage walls, possibly in a highly creative color scheme.

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by DetroitRick » Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:44 pm

Latex paint - I never have significant quantities left over: take lid off can, let it dry out thoroughly, toss it in trash.
Oil based - only use oil-based primers and only rarely, so I just use them up any way I can (2nd coat on project, typically).

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by Watty » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:05 pm

Our neighborhood has a private facebook group an you can post stuff like that for free and someone will almost always want it.

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by Rocco Sampler » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:21 pm

My county recycles paint. They mix what people bring them and offer it for free.

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Re: What to do with unused paint?

Post by Luke Duke » Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:30 am

Use this and it is safe/legal to put it in the trash.

http://www.amazon.com/Krud-Kutter-Waste ... 0044UWSPW/

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