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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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Painting a Home – The First Step in Selling It

When you sell your home, you want to get the best value possible. Getting your home sold involves three things: location, condition and price. You can’t control the location, but you do have the ability to control the price by improving your home’s condition. Painting a home may be the solution here.

Painting Your Home - The First Step in Selling ItPaint is the easiest way to make a dramatically great first impression to buyers and make your home look clean and bright.

Painting a home is very time-consuming when done correctly. It can also be rather expensive. You can do the job yourself, but it is wise to get a professional for best results.

Thing to keep in mind when painting your home to sell:

It’s not the time to make a fashion statement. You want to make safe color choices for the exterior of your home. Soft grays, tans and whites are solid choices that are sure to freshen up the house’s overall look and go with the neighboring houses’ color schemes. Neutral colors also look best in online photographs as well.

Don’t forget the details. First impressions count when it comes to real estate. You can add great curb appeal to your home by giving your mailbox and front door a fresh coat of paint. Be sure to touch up shutters, gutters, window frames and down spouts on your home as well.

Paint the interior walls and molding a neutral color. This will make the room seem more expansive and bring it to life, which are surefire ways to entice buyers.

Use paint to highlight. You can flatter your home’s interior and exterior architectural accents with paint by outlining them with an accent color that contrasts with the background.

Don’t wait until the last minute. Be sure to schedule a painting contractor well in advance of putting your house up for sale. Know your timeframe and make sure the contractor understands your deadlines.

Showcase your home with a fresh coat of paint on the exterior and interior if you want to sell your home fast. You can wow potential buyers and give new life to your house for years to come.

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Painting The Exterior Of Your Home… Do It Yourself Or Hire It Done?

Want to know the fastest, easiest way to add value to your home? Painting the exterior of your home is a great place to start.

If itPainting The Exterior Of Your Home … Do It Yourself Or Hire It Done?s been a while, your house may be fading or even looking like it belongs in a time gone by. Fresh new colors can bring it into today’s time, and make it the most impressive house on the block.

Once you decide to paint your house, your first choice will be to decide whether to do it yourself, or hire a professional painting company to do it for you. Let’s look at the pros and cons of each.

Do it yourselfers tend to forget one of the most important aspects of the paint job … the prep work. The first step in any quality exterior painting job is to start with a clean surface. That means power-washing the area, scraping away old bits of paint, and making repairs to make sure the surface is as good as new. Power-washing using an extreme water pressure to remove chalk, dust, debris and old paint chips, as well as killing and preventing mildew and mold. If you do decide to do it yourself, you can rent the machine, buy the proper chemicals for the job, and even rent ladders if needed. But don’t forget, it will add into your final cost, and you should plan to do it well before you start applying paint – it needs time to dry.

Once the surface is dry, you can begin preparing the work surface for the paint. All gaps in the wood and joints should be filled in with a high quality siliconized latex caulk. It comes in colors to match your paint, or you can use white if you play to apply two or more coats of paint to your home. Make sure the caulk is paintable.

From there, its time to go over every inch of the surface and make sure all loose paint has been removed and you are down to a clean wood source. You should then begin taping up windows, landscaping, exterior items that can’t be moved, such as decks and grills, and anything else that should remain paint-free during the process. Remember tarps can kill bushes, plants and landscaping. Work quickly and remove the tarps as you finish an area, especially if its extremely hot and you’re working in the sun.

Paint brush or spraying? As a do it yourselfer, the paint brush may seem like the best choice. Its cheaper after all. Professionals can go both ways. A sprayer can provide a perfect finish, which fills in all cracks and holes and provides a nice, even coat of paint. It will also speed up the painting process by as much as four times. A professional also is an expert when it comes to operating a sprayer – yes there is a knack to it. If you don’t know how to operate it correctly, you run the risk of overpainting everything around you, including the roof, decks and patios, the fence, the cars in your immediate location, and more. Yes, your neighbors might not be happy with you if they find paint all over – and it could be a costly mistake for repair purposes.

Do do you really save by doing it yourself? When comparing a few cans of paint from your local hardware store to the quote you receive from the professional, it may seem like a tremendous savings. But studies show the do-it-yourselfer actually underestimates costs by as much as 6 times the amount. Sure, the paint seems like a bargain. But then you’re back and forth to the store for more tape, more tarps, more paint brushes, a few rental items, and even more clean up items for the things that happen along the way.

Add in the countless hours you’ll spend on your “little” project, and the quoted price may seem like a bargain after all.

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