The only nightmare with a DIY project is “Holy Moly! How do I get rid of all these leftover paint cans?”. It is common to find yourself in a pickle with rationing the exact amount of dye required for your personal project before it starts. Hence the leftovers. But not to worry — depending upon the types of paint, there are several ways by which you could easily dispose of or recycle them. All you want is a nice finishing touch for your project devoid of all the unnecessary cans distracting the scene.
Apart from the actual material in question, you may have additional items to discard such as brushes, brush cleaner, thinner rags, tins, cans, etc. So without further delay, let’s discuss the various ways by which you could manage leftover paint items to make your home improvement project a smooth operation.
KNOW YOUR PAINTS
There are different types of pigments you may have used for your project, so you may need to categorize your cans accordingly before thinking of ways to dispose of them. There’s an oil-based paint, water-based paint, acrylic paint, and spray paint cans. And experts usually recommend deciding the type of paint for your project before you even go shopping owing to the fact that all these types of dye have such distinct characteristics.
Water-Based Paint (Emulsion)
Also known as latex, these consist of a pigment and binder. They are environmentally friendly options which means they’re very easy to scrap out.
These contain either natural oils, like linseed oil, or a synthetic alkyd. They are generally used when a very durable finish is desired. This type of paint is known to be tougher and hazardous compared to others, so it’s a little tricky when it comes to disposing of oil-based paint.
This is a fast-drying, highly versatile, durable material which is basically a derivative of water-based paint. Hence, the disposal of acrylic is the same as that of water-based paint.
Spray Paint Cans
These are used for those hard-to-reach corners of furniture or to bring out a pop of colour in metal. These cans have pressurised liquid inside them. So, disposing of them is not the same as that of conventional cans.
HOW TO GET RID OF WATER-BASED AND ACRYLIC PAINT?
Due to their non-threatening characteristics, water-based and acrylic paint can easily be tossed out in the trash. The only crucial step before doing that is to completely dry out the liquid. This can be achieved by keeping the can open in a ventilated room. To help speed up the process, add some sand, newspaper cuttings, sawdust, or a paint hardener. These can be found in your local hardware store. So, to summarize, dry out the paint completely, close the lid, toss the can with hardened paint inside safely in the trash.
Bonus tip: Whatever you do, do not pour the paint down the drain because it is going to create a sludge inside the pipes and cause problems in your house plumbing.
HOW TO GET RID OF OIL-BASED PAINT?
As mentioned before, due to its hazardous nature, disposal of oil-based paint can be a little trickier. So, tossing them in the dump or pouring them down the drain is NOT at all recommended. The best thing to do with oil-based paint is to check with your local authority through a quick google search and find a company that takes care of such hazardous materials disposal. Companies such as Top Waste can handle all your building rubbish disposal, including paint. You could also reach out to other household hazardous waste facilities close to your location. Some of these facilities have drop-off and pick-up options for your convenience.
HOW TO GET RID OF SPRAY PAINT CANS?
Empty the cans completely, depressurise the can, double-check to ensure the can is empty, and toss them in your regular trash.
RECYCLE EMPTY PAINT CANS LIKE A RESPONSIBLE BOSS
Home decor stores such as Wickes are popular for all materials related to DIY projects. They can help with the disposal of paint. Now, there are various other safe methods by which you can recycle empty cans. Materials used for paint cans such as metal or plastic make them perfect for recycling. Useful places to check out include household waste recycling centres and paint recycling charities.
CREATIVELY INDULGE OR DONATE YOUR OLD, UNUSED, PARTIALLY USED PAINT
There is no lack of creative ideas for all your leftover paints. You could repaint ceramic mugs, plates, closets, dressers, legs of chairs & tables. Throw on an old pair of jeans and spend your Sunday afternoon being a hungry artist.
Alternatively, you could donate to your friendly neighbour or Community RePaint (who collect reusable, leftover paint and sell to communities at affordable prices). Give someone else’s walls a new life!
Just make sure to check if the material left in your cans is sufficient.
CALL AN EXPERT TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING RELATED TO YOUR BUILDING OR PERSONAL PROJECT
With fuss-free, hassle-free rubbish removal services, Top Waste is highly recommended for all your disposal needs. Sometimes, along with paint leftovers, you could be left with other items you’d wish to discard. Why not offload the entire disposal work to a professional while you kick back and enjoy the product of your DIY project? If it sounds like a great plan, give us a call today to get quotes.
That is all for different feasible ways by which you could dispose of your paint leftovers. If you keep the hazardous paint away from kids and pets, and act kindly to the environment, disposing of paint should be easy!