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Impact Painting shares eco-friendly ways to get rid of leftover paint

Don't pour your paint down the drain!

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When it comes to do it yourself projects, there’s always that leftover paint. So what do you do with it? For those stuck in this situation, Impact Painting has some tips that will also help protect our environment.

Chris Averette, owner of Impact Painting, says whatever you do, don’t pour the paint down the drain.

“The main thing we’re looking for you to do is convert it to a solid,” says Averette. “That’s the safest way to dispose of it and make sure that it doesn’t end up in our oceans.” The easiest way to do this is with a paint hardener, which you can find at most hardware stores.

“It’s a really simple process. All you’re going to do is mix in your paint that you want disposed with the hardener. Preferably about two-thirds of a gallon or less,” Averette says. Just give it about 4-5 hours to dry and then dispose of it like any household trash. “If you have more than a gallon you’re disposing, divide it into two containers.”

Impact Painting specializes in interior and exterior painting for residential and commercial properties, and believes it is imperative to protect the environment so that future generations can enjoy it for years to come. Not buying paint in bulk is just one of the ways the company tries to do its part to protect the environment, so disposing of excess product isn’t a problem later.

“If you have large quantities of paint, epoxies, or oil-based paints, they can’t really be processed in the same way,” Averette explains, adding that oil-based paint is considered hazardous material when it’s in liquid or solid form. To get more information on how to dispose of these, contact Impact Painting.

“It’s really important to us to have a positive impact on the environment,” Averette says.

For more information: impactpainting.com, or on Facebook and Instagram: @impactpaintinghawaii