How Do You Get Rid Of Leftover Paint? - Home Decorating & Painting Advice

How Do You Get Rid Of Leftover Paint?

Glidden Team:
How can I safely dispose of any leftover paint that I may have?

Global Director of Product Stewardship: 
If you have any leftover paint, thinner or other chemicals, they should never be poured down the drain or otherwise disposed of carelessly.

Typically paints have a two-year shelf life where we would consider them “good,” before attributes of the paint may be less effective. Leftover paint in usable condition can be donated to churches, schools or other organizations. To determine if an old paint is still usable, stir it with a paint stick - if the paint is smooth, it’s still usable.

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. Oil-based or alkyd paints should be allowed to dry by adding absorbent material, such as kitty litter.

Always check with your local waste disposal service before throwing away unused dried paint. Become familiar with the disposal procedures recommended in your municipality. Some make regular, scheduled pickups of household hazardous waste, while others have recycling programs. Many states have also instituted paint recycling programs.

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As always, please refer to the Product Label, Technical Data Sheet and Safety Data Sheet for safety and detailed application instructions.

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