With warmer weather fast approaching the Long Island Area, many people will start their Spring cleaning soon. One thing that many people have a hard time dealing with is leftover paint. How do you know if you can still use it, or if you should dispose of it? Once you’ve figured that out, then what?
The first thing you have to figure out, is the paint even still good? If you recently bought it, chances are it’s fine. Storage has a lot to do with how long paint will keep though. If you have a water-based or latex paint, these can usually last for about 10 years. A solvent or oil-based paints will typically outlast those by another 5 years.
Ok, so your paint is still good. What are you going to do with it? You can check out this blog we wrote about uses for leftover paint for some ideas. Keep in mind, the options are limitless though.
Maybe you thought about it a little too late, and your paint went bad though. How do you dispose of paint? Legally I mean, you can’t just throw it out, as it’s considered hazardous material. You’re in luck though, as the process for getting rid of it is pretty simple.
The actual process is really simple, so we’ll use kitty litter as our example. Mix the litter into the paint until you have a thick consistency. For latex paint, this will end up being about 50/50 litter to paint ratio. Oil-based paint is about ⅓ paint to ⅔ litter – this one will also take longer to dry. You’ll want to add enough litter to get a thick oatmeal texture when stirring. Make sure to get the litter all the way to the bottom, otherwise, that paint won’t dry completely.
If you’re having any doubts about how much litter you’ve added, go with the general rule of thumb – more is better. You can also check out the video below for a visual aid. Once you’ve got the paint to that texture, let it sit for about 3-4 hours before returning. If you can allow it to sit in the sun, this will help it dry faster. If the mixture is not completely dry when you check on it, just repeat the process until it is.
When you’ve dried out the paint as much as you can, leave the lid off the container before disposing of. You don’t need to try and pull the mixture out, either.
With these helpful tips, you can definitely dispose of your old leftover unwanted paints, the right way. If your needing residential, commercial, interior and exterior painting in Long Island, NY, don’t hesitate to contact us at Suffolk County Painters for all your painting needs.