Did you know that you can still help the environment even while painting? No? Then next time consider these eco-friendly painting tips. Here’s an early one: Look for Natural, Zero-VOC, or Low-VOC paints for a successful green project. At the same time, these are more durable, more cost-effective, and have low odor during application making it less harmful to humans.
Estimate the right amount of paint
Measure the total area to be painted. It should be your guide that you can paint 400 square feet with one gallon. Buying too much paint than what you need will only result to more paint wastes and irrelevant expenses. You can always ask your retailer for help.
Call your friends. Ask if they have half-used paint cans and if you can purchase it for a lower price or have it free. You’re not only being practical but you’re also helping them reduce their waste.
Use leftover paints
Many people tend to buy new materials whenever they have new projects to accomplish. In eco-friendly painting we’ll break this human nature by using leftover paints. You can even try mixing paints to achieve your desired color. This way you can reduce waste as you save money.
Reuse paint thinners
Allow your paint thinners to stand until dirt and paint sludge settle on the bottom of the can. Then gently pour off the clean solvent and reuse it. At this point, it should be clear to you that eco-friendly painting also calls for practically.
Store paint leftovers upside down
Paints should be stored properly if you want to save them for months. It is important to have the lid well sealed then have your partially full cans be stored upside down. This will prevent air to get inside and dry your paint.
Donate or exchange leftovers
Aside from keeping your leftovers for any future projects, you have two more options for your paints and paint thinners: donate them to a community organization or to your local department for, say, park improvements; or bring them to community exchange and have it swapped for another color. Yes, eco-friendly painting encourages cooperation from everyone in the town.
Dispose safely and responsibly
Pouring old paints down the drain will affect the groundwater supply and doing so will render all of this eco-friendly painting tips useless. These materials should be delivered to hazardous disposal sites. So, you have to put them in jars or cans and have them picked up. What about if there is a small amount of latex paint left in the paint container? Then leave the can open to air-dry before throwing it into the trash – dried paint is considered as a solid waste.
Store brushes and rollers properly
Paint brushes and rollers can be saved for tomorrow’s another day of painting by storing them in an airtight plastic bag with no air pockets. Doing so, the paint will not dry because there is no air. Of course, keep them away from light. Wash them only after you’re done with your painting project. You can use turpentine to make the cleaning easier and faster. Don’t you worry because this solvent is harmless to the environment, thus suits your eco-friendly painting project.