We know there can be a lot of questions around painting projects and we want you to know that you aren't alone - we're here to help.
Can Paint that has been frozen be used after it thaws?
How To Deal With Frozen Paint:
As long as the paint is not clumpy or doesn't have a foul odor, it can sometimes be usable.
How can I safely dispose of any leftover paint that I may have?
How To Dispose Of Paint:
If you have any leftover paint, thinner or other chemicals, they should never be poured down the drain or otherwise disposed of carelessly. Leftover paint in usable condition can be donated to churches, schools or other organizations.
To determine if old paint is still usable, stir it with a paint stick and if the paint is smooth, it is still good! Empty cans or those with a small amount of water-based paint in them should be left open and allowed to dry in a ventilated area, out of the reach of children and pets. In most states, cans with dried latex paint may be discarded with household trash. Oil-based or alkyd paints should be allowed to dry by adding absorbent material such as kitty litter. Leftover paint can become dangerous if not disposed of correctly.
Become familiar with the disposal procedures recommended in your municipality. Some make regular, scheduled pickups of household hazardous waste; some have recycling programs. Many states are beginning to adopt the Paint Care recycling program.
How long does latex paint take to dry between coats?
The majority of latex paints when applied at room temperature will be dry set-to-touch within one hour or less and may be recoated within four hours. Poor ventilation, low temperatures, thick films and high humidity will increase these times.
What prep work do I need to do before starting an exterior painting project?
1.Remove loose, flaking, chalky or blistered paint with a paint scraper, putty knife and wire brush. Loose paint can also be removed with a power washer. Sand the edges of the areas where paint has been removed to create a smooth surface.
2.Fill gouges or holes in wood siding with an exterior-grade patching compound. If damage is more extensive, replace the damaged piece(s) altogether before painting.
3.Seal cracks, seams and gaps with paintable exterior caulk.
4.Clean the outside of the house from top to bottom. If you use soap, rinse the siding well. Allow the surface to dry.
5.Mask off areas that are not to be painted. You can put newspaper or plastic drop cloths over things like windows, doors, sidewalks and driveways to protect them from drips.
WARNING! If you scrape, sand, or remove old paint, you may release lead dust or fumes. Lead is toxic. Exposure to lead dust or fumes can cause serious illness, such as brain damage, especially in children. Pregnant women should also avoid exposure. Wear a properly fitted NIOSH-approved respirator and prevent skin contact to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by contacting the USEPA National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log on to www.epa.gov/lead. Follow these instructions to control exposure to other hazardous substances that may be released during surface preparation.