After a painting project is done, you likely will have leftover paint. When you are buying paint, it’s important to buy a little more than you think you will need. Trying to “stretch” the amount of paint to finish a wall will lead to uneven coats. However, once you’re done, what should you do with the leftover paint? There are a couple of options. It depends on how much paint you have, whether you think you’ll need it later, and what kind of paint it is.
Will You Need It Later?
Oftentimes, people will keep their leftover paint because they think they will need it in the future. However, the paint on your walls will fade pretty rapidly; it only takes a few months, especially if the wall is in the sun. At that point, the paint you saved will not be useful for touch-ups because it won’t match. The best option is probably to save a small amount of it for nicks and scratches. You can save small amounts of paint by funneling it into a clean shampoo or dish detergent bottle. Essentially, any bottle with a controlled nozzle will work. This will allow you to squeeze out small amounts of paint onto a paper plate and touch up any damage to your walls.
If you think you’ll need more paint than that, you can save it in the can. To save it in the can, you should put a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the can. Then place the lid of the can on top of that and make sure you secure it tightly. Finally, turn the can upside down. The paint will be exposed to less oxygen that way, helping the paint to last longer.
How Do You Get Rid of It?
If you need to get rid of old paint, you have many options. If it is oil-based paint, you will need to take it to a recycling center. Recycling centers are often very out of the way. If that is the case, you can sometimes recycle paint at a local hardware store. If it is any other kind of paint or even just a tiny amount of oil-based paint, you can get rid of it yourself. If you have only a little bit left in the can, you should open up the can and leave it outside. That will allow the paint to dry. Once it’s dry, you can simply throw it away.
If you have half a can of paint or less, you should add cat litter to the can and allow it to absorb the paint. Once all the paint is absorbed, throw the can in the garbage. Finally, you can also dispose of old paint by sealing the can. Drying the paint is a great way to go about getting rid of it, but if you don’t want to do that, you should find a way to seal the paint can. Sealing can be as simple as placing the paint can in a waterproof bag. The most important thing is to keep the paint from leaking. You don’t want paint leaking when you carry the trash bag to the trash can or when the sanitation workers pick it up.