Dispose of Oil Based Paint and Stain

andrelaplume2October 20, 2010

Pop, a union painter for years, now long retired has decided its time to clean house. We got ride of 15 gallons of latext paint by adding a hardener to the paint and putting it in the trash. Our county no longer has recycling 'events' to dispose of the oil based stuff. I can not give it away...it ranges in age from 10 - 25 years old. Obviously it won't be used. I tried the paint hardener stuff in it but I'd have to spend a fortune to buy enough to harden a gallon. Any ideas on how I could get ride of this stuff?

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lazy_gardens

Is it still usable? If so, Craigslist it.

If not, I would pour it in a thin layer onto newspapers and let it dry. Then dispose of the newspapers.

PS: All you need to do with lates is pour it in a thin layer onto newspaper (with a plastic drop cloth under it) and let it dry.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2010 at 9:46AM
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andrelaplume2

15 gallons will require how much paper????????

    Bookmark   October 22, 2010 at 10:09PM
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nancyinmich

Wow! 15 gallons. I think I would check the yellow pages for hazardous waste disposal or call the county and ask them what they want you to do with it. Or get lots of cardboard and newspaper and do a little at a time for the next few months. :-( If any of it is old enough to have lead in it (pre 1978, I think), it is definitely hazardous waste.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2010 at 1:34PM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

open them up and pour in cat litter and let them sit open for a couple weeks

all that expensive hardner is is basicly cat litter.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2010 at 6:55AM
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brickeyee

If you can dry it out it is no longer hazardous waste.

Newspaper or kitty liter (can even be used).

    Bookmark   October 25, 2010 at 4:21PM
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andrelaplume2

the county does not do that anymore. No places in the immediate area to take it away. We bought the hardener on clearance at HD..it was pretty cheap. That took care of the 15 gallons or so of latex. Now I need to get ride of the oil based stuff.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2010 at 5:08PM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

you got the answer, twice, cat litter and just let the cans open and dry out, a couple weeks

    Bookmark   October 26, 2010 at 4:32PM
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