How do you get rid of acrylic paint safely (environmentally safely that is)?
I have a septic tank system, and I'm in the process of putting on a primer
coat for the bedroom. The leftover stuff, very little is acrylic primer.
So far I have taken the can, the roller tray, and the implements of
destruction and put them on the patio where they should dry fairly quickly.
I washed the brushes and rollers in a 5 gallon bucket, but what do I do with
the water that is in the bucket now? Let it dry? When I looked up this
matter in my county website, all I saw was references to latex paint but
nothing about acrylic paint. Does acrylic=latex?
By the way, let me just mention this again, I'm on a septic system. It's my
understanding that latex paint + septic system = quick death to the drain
Okay, maybe I'll dump it out into the compost pile, that should filter out
the bad stuff before it gets to the water table and plugs up my drain field.
I have 4 days before I put on the actual paint, so the bucket should be dry
You appear to be trying to be a good "green" citizen, let me commend you.
No doubt the petro-chem industry also would commend you so they can POLLUTE
all they want.
Now, if you REALLY want to be a good "green" citizen leave the 5 gal bucket
outside let the water settle and evaporate. As it settles the paint solids
to the bottom and you can scoop out a cup or two at a time and flush them
your septic system. Be certain to get an environmentally safe insecticide to
add to the
water so you won't be breeding mosquitoes and spreading the Nile Virus.
Eventually you will get to the bottom of the bucket where there is nothing
but sludge,which you then let dry 'till solid and dispose of in the trash.
Or, you can do like I do and wait till 1:A.M. and go pour it on your
yard then get a laugh when he wonders WHY his grass is dying in just
one spot. Of course I have a problem with my neighbor.
:that reminds me of a story: a local college actually took all its old
:paint and sprayed it on a building that was slated for demolition.
:didn't want to pay to dispose of the stuff.
A guy I know who for many years mostly made his living painting people's
houses tells me to just take all my water based paint that I don't want
to use and mix them all together. Then use it as a general purpose paint
on surfaces where I don't care about the color, or possibly as an
undercoat. Could use it on wooden fences.
Then, do the same with oil based paints.
:> to use and mix them all together.
:> ....to use and mix them all together.
:Bound to come out grey. People buy grey paint too!
Yes, and some paint stores sell those mix-'em-together paints. Use it
for things like walls. It's economy paint.
Some of the paint in the investment homes (notorious for having cheap
paint), I work on have as good as and better quality paint than homes in
gated communities on golf courses. $/5/gal & $15/5 gal mis-mixes or as HD
calls them Oops.
Yeah, it's about the same as latex. Why the big worry?
Just let it dry and toss in the trash. Wash brushes and roller tray
outdoors on the lawn and use plenty of water to dilute it. I would
not put it in the septic either, but I think you are being a bit
rediculous. If it was oil based paint, that would be different.
By the way, if you have a gravel driveway, pour it there instead of
the lawn. Then it will just dry up and might even hold the gravel
together a little but I doubt it.
On Sun, 6 Aug 2006 12:22:39 -0700, "Eigenvector"
Well you know it wouldn't do to pour toxic waste onto the ground, seeing how
I didn't realize that acrylic was basically just latex paint. But even
then, not knowing the intracacies of the chemical reactions between acrylic
paint and the local flora and fauna I figured it would be best to ask first
and then act in a careful and respectful manner.
But hey that's just me. But yeah, let it dry and toss it out with the trash
then pour the waste water on my compost pile.
Just dump the water and be done with it. BFD. Take your left over paint
and toss some sawdust in the can to dry it out. Dispose of with your
I always leave the paint cans on the ground around the trash can with the
lids off, so the trash man can see that they are dry. They won't take it if
I dont think the OP has any cans of paint to toss, and yes, that is
the way to get rid of it (let it dry). However, if it's still usable
paint, GIVE IT TO SOMEONE. For example, if someone gave me some free
interior paint, I'd be happy to paint the interior walls in my garage.
It has some ugly green paint on the sheetrock, but I wont waste money
to buy paint for a dang garage wall. Some people are far too
wasteful..... I too want to be good to the environment, but "not
polluting" is just the start of the project. Recycling other people's
waste is another method.
I get upset when I see perfectly good buildings crushed, and I see it
all the time, especially in the cities. I built almost my entire farm
from recycled lumber and other materials, and several of the buildings
here I moved her myself because people were going to crush them.
On Sun, 6 Aug 2006 20:14:49 -0500, "J.A. Michel"
Recycling outfits take leftover paint, mix similar colors together, and
sell it very cheaply to Habitat For Humanity or neighborhood improvement
projects. If you have as little as half a gallon, recycle it. Any
less, just let it dry and put it in the trash.
On Sun, 6 Aug 2006 20:13:24 -0700, Larry Caldwell
: email@example.com (Eigenvector) says...
:> How do you get rid of acrylic paint safely (environmentally safely that is)?
:Recycling outfits take leftover paint, mix similar colors together, and
:sell it very cheaply to Habitat For Humanity or neighborhood improvement
:projects. If you have as little as half a gallon, recycle it. Any
:less, just let it dry and put it in the trash.
Yes, and I think I've heard of paint stores selling mixed left over
paints for general purpose cheap painting. Recycling is definitely an
option, or do as I say and mix your old paints together and use on low
priority paint projects, such as the aforementioned garage interior.
As a painter that washes more then one brush, roller and tray out daily
on my lawn, I can tell you it takes about 8 months of doing this in the same
spot to harm the lawn. So your water you washed your brushes out in will be
fine on lawn. Oh and by the way the first 15 years of my painting I was
doing it over my septic field.
Thank you. I'm utterly paranoid about my septic system. The cost of
digging out the drain field would be enormous, but the cost of hooking up to
sewer would be almost as much - 20 grand last I checked.
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