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Wrapping up Your Project? Here’s Where to Recycle Paint

Oftentimes home renovation projects leave people with a lot of leftover supplies. If you don’t plan on using the paint for any other projects or simply just don’t want it taking up room in your shed, here’s how and where to recycle paint.

Latex Paint Disposal

If you just have an inch or so of paint left at the bottom of the can, you can simply leave the open can outside to dry out. Be sure to keep it out of reach of children or pets. Small amounts of latex paint will dry relatively quickly and you can throw away the can.

However, if you are left with larger quantities and don’t know where to dispose of leftover paint, you might want to consider investing in a box and some cat litter or shredded paper. Pour the paint into the box of litter or paper and wait for the concoction to dry. Then dispose of the box and the empty paint can.

Get Creative

If you want to get more creative or are interested in recycling leftover paint, try blending several different cans of leftover paint for a base coat on your next DIY paint job. This can be used to bring new life to cabinets, outdoor wooden items, or even a bed frame or hutch. While this new shade might not be the one you plan on sticking with, it will be an inexpensive way to substitute for a base coat.

Paint Recycling Locations

Recycling paint is more convenient than ever in Colorado. There are many locations that will recycle or take back old paint. Different rules apply for latex and oil-based paints, so make sure they’re kept separate. Contact your local government office for a recycling center near you.

Dispose of oil-based paint the same way you would hazardous waste. Check with your local waste management company for hazardous waste instructions.

Free Paint Recycling

Residents and businesses in Colorado can take unwanted, leftover paint for recycling to participating paint retailers that have volunteered to take back paint. However, if you choose to dispose of leftover paint, ensure it is safe for the community and for the environment.

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Low VOC Paint and Why You Should Use It

Painting your home with low VOC paints is absolutely crucial these days. Not only are they durable and long-lasting, but they are much less harmful to both you and the environment than normal, VOC containing paints. In this post we will explain what these mysterious VOCs are and the benefits of using zero or low VOC paint.

What are VOCs?

VOCs are Volatile Organic Compounds. More simply put, they are carbon compounds that can easily vaporize and lead to air pollution and cause serious health concerns when inhaled. Some common health problems linked to the inhalation of VOCs are asthma, headaches, respiratory diseases and cancer. Although VOC levels are highest during painting and as the paint is drying, some paints with high VOC levels can continue to give of toxins for up to several years afterwards.

Benefits of Using Low VOC Paints

Besides the obvious benefit of limiting you and your family’s exposure to harmful chemicals, low VOC paints have many other benefits. Since they have less added chemicals, they have much less of a strong “paint” odor which can hinder when you are able to safely move back into your home after a big paint job. Also, due to their lack of harmful chemicals, they are easier to dispose of and effectively minimize harmful waste going into the environment. They are just as, if not more, durable than their high VOC counterparts, so the choice when it comes to paints is really a no-brainer.

Choose a Painting Contractor that Uses Low and Zero VOC Paints

Here at Paint Denver, we choose to use only zero and low VOC paint because we care about the health and safety of your families and our employees. Learn more about our philosophy to provide the highest quality work with the least amount of impact to you and the environment,

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Why You Should Only Use A Painting Company That Chooses Low VOC Paint

Thinking of hiring a painting company for your next home improvement project? There are many things to consider as you make your final selection. Professionalism. References. All of this matters when choosing a painting company. But there may be one thing more that you’ve never considered before – Low VOC paint.

What type of paint do they use?Why You Should Only Use A Painting Company That Chooses Low VOC Paint

Professional painting companies select and use all kinds of paint. Some choose their paints based on performance. Some based on color. But what about overall impact of the paint?

Paint contains three different types of chemicals: binders, solvents and pigments. The binders provide the ability to adhere to the surface you are painting. The solvents keep the paint liquid until it’s applied. And the pigments give the paint the color you desire.

Though all types of paints contain these three chemicals, not all paints are the same. In some cases, the paint manufacturer concerns itself more with profits and output rather that what goes in the paint. In which case the paint will contain more of the dangerous chemicals we are now finding out affect us in a variety of ways. These paints will contain higher concentrations of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, which can harm us in a variety of ways.

Health Problems

Most VOCs are found in the solvents. Solvents are the part of the paint that keep it liquid for application and allow it to dry quickly once its applied. When paint is applied to the interior of your space, the VOCs will become a part of your indoor air quality as this process takes place. Which means it can contaminate that air not just for the short term, but in some cases for extended periods of time. Yes, that fresh paint smell might not be so good after all. VOCs have been known to cause a variety of health concerns, including respiratory problems. Low VOC paints use alternative solvents, often water based, which means they have lower concentrations of toxic chemicals. By choosing a company that uses low VOCs, you are safeguarding the health of your family or your employees.

Environmental Problems

Painting the exterior of your home or building still has its own repercussions. Depending on the size of your structure, the paint you use will still off-gas during the drying process. High VOCs will enter our environment during the painting process and often for years to come. We also face many environmental problems when paints are disposed of improperly. Imagine paint buckets with high VOCs continually contaminating both the air and water supplies as it sits leaking in a landfill.

Now that we are aware of the potential problems and damage high VOCs cause our world, why choose a paint company that uses anything but low VOC paint? If you hire us, you’ll be hiring a company that always chooses the lowest VOC paints, and cares equally about the footprint we leave in our environment.

Give us a call to learn more about our services, products, and availability!

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A Guide to Paint Thinners

Paint thinners are used to thin paint products, paint stains, or paint brushes. There are various types that are available in the market. The two major types are oil-based and water-based thinners. There is a big difference between them, and using the wrong type on a certain type of paint may not yield best results.

Different Types A Guide to Paint Thinners

In addition to oil-based and water-based thinners, there are also various types of materials that paint thinners are made of. These include acetone, alcohol, lacquer thinner, turpentine, mineral spirits, and toluene. Aside from each type having a different composition, and toxicity, strength and solubility also varies.

Raw materials used for each type are also different. The common aspect about most paint thinners is that they can cause harm to the environment, so labels and directions for use must be read carefully. Proper disposal of these products is also strictly advised.

Environmentally-friendly

With paint thinners categorized as solvents, it is acknowledged that these materials can be harmful not only to the environment but also to you and your family’s health. For healthy alternative options that are good for health and the environment, citrus-based products are now being produced. Derived from essential oils of citrus plants and fruits, citrus-based paint thinners are considered as natural solvents and work the same way as petroleum-based solvents.

Another good aspect about citrus based products is that it is not as toxic or flammable as petroleum-based thinners making them safer for use in your home and office. Key ingredients used for these thinners are environment friendly, biodegradable, and organic. This means that disposal is easier while usage is safer.

Aside from thinning paints and cleaning brushes, citrus-based paint thinners can also be used as a cleaner and degreaser for homes and offices.

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What Your Painting Project May Be Doing To Your Health

February is known as the National Care About Your Indoor Air month. This is a time when you need to pay extra attention to the quality of the air that you breathe within your home. You may think that your home’s air quality is top-notch. However, if you have a painting project going on, your air quality may suffer more than you think.

The sanding of surfaces that contain lead paint can create dust that you breathe into your lungs – lead-tainted dust that can cause health problems. Various types of paints also release VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) into the air, even after they are dry. VOCs can have different effects on health, including: headaches, dizziness, vision problems, throat irritation, and even kidney and liver problems. Here are some tips to help you make sure your painting project does not affect your health.

  • Make sure that all surfaces are free from lead paint before sanding. If you do discover lead paint, take the appropriate precautions or contact professionals for assistance.
  • Use the right paints for the job. If you are painting an interior room, use only interior paint. Also, check the paint labels to learn more about the levels of VOCs contained in the paint. If you have any questions, talk to your paint retailer or another painting professional.
  • Follow all instructions on the paint when using. Provide adequate ventilation during the painting process, as well as while the paint dries. When possible, do your painting when your home is not occupied by other family members.
  • When cleaning up after your painting project, follow the proper procedures for cleaning your equipment and disposing of any unused paint. If you are ever in doubt, contact a professional for answers to your questions.
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