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Every paint product has specific safety Instructions listed on the label. Being that painting can be hazardous to one’s health, you should heed the information on the label, as well as take extra precautions when you are doing your own painting, instead of hiring a professional. Below are some important safety tips to keep in mind when using any sort of paint, or chemical.

  1. Always read, and follow, all instructions and safety precautions on the label – DO NOT assume you already know how to use the product.

    • Always read, and follow, all instructions and safety precautions on the label – DO NOT assume you already know how to use the product.
  2. There must always be plenty of fresh air where you paint – open all doors and windows to the outside.
    • Place a box fan in the window, blowing out, to ensure air movement.
    • Continue to provide fresh air after painting – ventilation should be continued for two or three days.
  3. Follow paint can directions for the safe cleaning of brushes and other equipment.
    • Latex paint usually cleans up with soap and water. Oil-based paint usually requires specific products as listed on the label.
    • NEVER use gasoline to clean paint brushes – gasoline is extremely flammable.
  4. Buy only what you need, and store, or throw away, the unused amount.
    • If you have leftover paint, close the container tightly.
    • Follow directions on the paint can on how to dispose of the product.
    • Flammable paint must be stored in a Flammable Liquids Storage Cabinet.

As for disposing of paint, there are a few options open to you!  In another blog post from just a few weeks ago entitled Proper Disposal of Paint and Fluorescent Lights, we explained that due to environmental laws changing, it has become very simple to dispose of all paints.  When you purchase paints from your local hardware store, there will be a charge for “Disposing Hazardous Waste”.  This fee enables you to bring old latex paints into the store that are no longer useful, and at no cost! Actually, all stores that sell paint must also accept returns of the product. If you have any questions, or wonder if your materials are compliant to be returned, contact me and I’ll guide you through the process.

Of course, there is another way to dispose of your paint that can also help your local community; charities and non-profits always have projects going on that require paint, and are willing to accept donations. Should you wish to donate your unwanted paints, feel free to reach out to any charities in your area; chances are, they’ll even come pick it up from you!

Things to Keep in Mind When Painting
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