Safely store and dispose of leftover paint with these tips
Storing leftover paint is a good idea for more than a couple of reasons: You can use it to touch up scuffs and scratches, or paint new accents in the future. And most of all — you can save yourself a lot of money in the long run.
The tips in this guide will help you keep your leftover paint for years to come. Or, in the case that your paint simply isn’t usable anymore, you’ll learn how to properly dispose of it.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT
If there is less than 1 quart of paint left, transfer it to a clean, empty quart can.
If you are keeping the original can, wipe up paint inside the rim with a small screwdriver wrapped in cloth.
Tap the lid down evenly with a block of wood and a hammer.
Paint a dab of leftover paint on the lid with a cotton swab. This will help identify the color.
Use a permanent marker to write important information such as dates, color and in which room the paint was used.
Paint disposal tips:
• It’s against the law to toss out liquid paints and solvents with the trash. You'll need to consider other options. Leftover paint is almost always welcome at nonprofit organizations or charities.
• Otherwise, the paint will need to be evaporated and solidified before collection by your local waste management authority. Call 1-800-CLEANUP for information on disposal regulations.
• To speed up the paint’s solidification, find an open area where it can dry out.
• Adding hardener, vermiculite or cat litter to the cans is perfectly acceptable.