Prevention (P2) for
Agricultural and Vocational Educators
Frequently Asked Questions
This section will be periodically updated with common questions
submitted by agricultural and vocational educators using this
resource. Emerging issues will be addressed here first, and
integrated into the audit if necessary.
Question re: latex paint clean-up
I understand latex paint is a better option than oil, but even then, how
do I clean up my brushes and equipment?
Water-based (latex) paint:
If you're not quite done with your project yet, save cleanup time and
trouble. Wrap paint-soaked brushes and rollers in airtight aluminum foil
or plastic bags and store them in the freezer. To use again, just let them
sit at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes.
After your project
When you've finished your paint project, brush excess paint onto newspaper
or cardboard. Let the newspaper or cardboard dry out and throw it into the
garbage. Wash brushes and rollers in inside drains with soap and water.
Never clean them on the lawn or street, since the paint can end up in
groundwater or a stream.
If you store paint for future projects, do it properly. Make sure the
lid is on securely and store the paint can upside down. The paint will
create a tight seal around the lid, keeping the paint fresh until you
need it for another project.
answers courtesy of:
Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County
130 Nickerson St,Suite 100, Seattle WA 98109
voice: (206) 263-3051 | fax: (206) 263-3070
| TDD: (206) 263-3413
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Another paint question: I have multiple cans of various
color paints I do not need and do not wish to store in my workshop.
Most of the cans are less than half full and are of various sizes,
including quarts, half gallons and 5 gallon buckets. How do I get
rid of these?
The best answer is to find someone who can use the paints for their intended
purpose, check around and offer the paint free to any takers. If
the paints are of the same type, they can be consolidated into a few larger
containers. Usually mixing multiple paint colors results in a dull
utility gray, which is perfect for painting farm equipment or other items
you just want to protect the finish on. As for cans, most landfills
require the entire contents of the can to be dry before they may be thrown
away. Find out if there are any special waste collection days in
your community coming up.