Project Guide

Paint Disposal and Storage

Transfer Paint to Smaller Can
Transfer paint smaller can - Paint Storage Disposal

If there is less than 1 quart of paint left, transfer it to a clean, empty quart can.

Remove Paint From Rim
Remove paint from rim - Paint Storage Disposal

If you are keeping the original can, wipe up paint inside the rim with a small screwdriver wrapped in cloth.

Tap Lid Until Secure
Tap lid until secure - Paint Storage Disposal

Tap the lid down evenly with a block of wood and a hammer.

Apply Dab of Paint Onto Lid
Apply dab paint lid - Paint Storage Disposal

Paint a dab of leftover paint on the lid with a cotton swab. This will help identify the color.

Write Key Information on Lid
Write key on lid - Paint Storage Disposal

Use a permanent marker to write important information such as dates, color and the room in which 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.

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