Last Updated on February 26, 2013 by Kristi Linauer
Good morning to you! I hope you had a great holiday weekend (for my friends here in the U.S.)! Mine ended up being very different than planned. No cabinets…yet. I explained my predicament on the A2D Facebook Page. Sorry if you came here today hoping to see cabinets! Hopefully there will be some progress in that department soon.
Anyway, when I was in Home Depot the other day, I came across a product that I had never seen before. I’m not sure if it’s new, or if I’ve just not been observant, but I was glad to find it!
As you know (hopefully), you can’t just discard unused latex paint in the garbage. If there’s not much left in the can, you can just leave the can open until it dries completely, and then throw it away. Of course, if there is a considerable amount of paint left, and it’s in good condition, you can always donate the paint to places like ReStore. And then there are recycle centers, but some communities only offer paint recycling once or twice per year.
But what if you have a can of paint that’s still pretty full, but it’s old and goopy, so it would be useful to nobody?
Well, that’s where this little product comes in, and it just so happens that I have a few partial gallons of old, goopy paint that need to be discarded.
This paint was definitely old and way too thick to be used anymore. But I still had at least 1/3 of a gallon left, so the leaving-the-can-open-until-it’s-dry technique would have taken forever. That’s certainly not practical.
So, I bought the paint hardener, and added it to the leftover paint.
And then stirred it thoroughly. I could already feel the paint hardening as I was stirring.
I let it sit for about 15 minutes, and when I came back, the paint felt spongy but very hard.
I let it sit for about five more minutes, and when I came back, it was one big solid mass at the bottom of the can.
It was then safe to throw away!
So what do you do with your leftover latex paint? Take it for recycle? Leave it out to dry and the throw it away? Donate it? Or perhaps you’ve used this paint hardener before. I’m so curious to know if it’s new or not. I wish I had known about it years ago!
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