refinishing, disposal of rags

caseyroseAugust 28, 2010

How do you dispose of rags after using things like miniwax, turpentine and linseed oil?

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Lay them out in an open place to dry....then dispose of them like any trash.
You need to be careful not to close solvent soaked rags in a container because there is a danger of spontaneous combustion.
Linda C

    Bookmark   August 28, 2010 at 10:55PM
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Ditto what Linda said. Long ago my ex left a pile of tung oil soaked rags on the floor in our den. We woke in the night because the smoke made us cough. We found a smoldering mound of rags. Very scary. Now I spread them out on cement to dry.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2010 at 12:01AM
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At the end of the day, I usually wash them out in warm soapy water, and wring them out. Then I open them up and lay them across my saw horse to dry. If there is still a lot of residue, I put them in water till they are soaking wet, put them in a plastic bag, and throw them in the trash. The used paint and lacquer thinner I usually strain through a coffee filter and keep it in a coffee can to use again, like the first stage of cleaning a brush or cleaning off paint remover.
You asked how we did it, not if our way was the best.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2010 at 12:05AM
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Thanks for the suggestions--I appreciate it.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2010 at 12:38AM
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SInce you were all so nice about my initial question, I have a few follow-ups:

Gloves: do you use decent ones, rinse and dry them, or use cheap disposables and discard every time? And can they be dried and discarded in the garbage?

If you take a solvent out of its container to put in a smaller one, what do you use? Glass and re-use it? How do you dispose of it?

I've been using a mix of turp and linseed oil to freshen up some furniture. I put it in a cottage cheese container and now don't know if it's safe to keep it in there.

Sorry if these questions seem dumb/basic. I'm super-paranoid about fires because we had a housefire once, and I want to do the right thing in terms of environmental safety.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2010 at 9:44AM
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I use "refinishing gloves"...clumsy but won't dissolve in paint remover, and since they are expensive Is ave them.... I return clean solvent to the large container....and a linseed and turp mix would be fine to save....but it won't keep very long...but won't spontaneously combust.
Linda c

    Bookmark   August 31, 2010 at 11:37AM
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Thanks, Linda!

    Bookmark   August 31, 2010 at 8:18PM
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