How to Dispose of Old Paint

How to Dispose of Old Paint

Do you have leftover paint sitting around from previous painting projects? Knowing how to dispose of old paint, and knowing when paint has even gone bad, can be pretty useful. When properly stored indoors away from temperature extremes with the lid securely in place, paint lasts a long time. In fact, the average shelf life of latex paint is 10 years, and oil paint remains usable for 15 years. If the paint still smells like paint, versus smelling somewhat moldy, it is still good. You can also test a sample of the paint on something. If the color is still right and it goes on smoothly, it is still good. So if your paint is still good, but you just want it out of your house, you can donate your paint to an organization like your local Athens Area Habitat for Humanity. However if your paint has gone bad, and you need to dispose of it, this article by Better Homes and Gardens is a must read. The article also gives you tips and tricks on how to store your paint properly for use in any future projects.

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