How to Dispose of Unwanted Latex Paint (Saw Dust Method)

Have you been trying to find an easy and cheap way to get rid of a few gallons of latex paint? Ask around and a few people might recommend you spread it out on a bunch of cardboard boxes to dry or purchase some harder. But if you don't have that much cardboard, or enough space to spread it all out, here is another idea. Sawdust will absorb most of the moisture and time and evaporation will get rid of the rest.

Steps

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    Find a large box. E.g. 2 feet (0.6 m) by 1 1/2 feet (0.6 m) by 1 1/2 feet (0.6 m) deep.
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    Make sure the bottom has packing tape all around the edges on the bottom. Just in case you pour the paint a little too close to the corners.
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    Place about five to six inches of Sawdust in the box.
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    Here is the paint ready to go in.
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    Dump in the paint.
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    Stir it in.
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    Add more Sawdust.
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    More paint.
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    Stir it in.
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    Repeat as necessary or until the box gets too heavy. Remember how much a gallon of paint weighs.
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    Place box open in a cool dry place till it hardens.

Tips

  • It can be messy be sure to wear grubby clothes
  • Remember paint is heavy, don't go overboard with too many gallons in one box.
  • Get a stout stir stick. Think mixing bread dough.

Warnings

  • Be sure to wear dust mask when working with Sawdust.

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