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Can you dispose of the dry empty oil based paint cans, brushes, buckets in the trash? And dispose of the remainder of the paint and thinner when my town has a hazardous waste disposal day? Do they say any thing if you come with numerous cans?
 

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Thinner can be reused over and over for cleaning. After cleaning let the paint settle. Many use a three wash system. When the first wash starts looking more like primer <G> let it settle for awhile (weeks) and pour the good stuff off the top. Sludge goes to hazardous disposal. If you generate a lot, talk to your local commercial hazardous waste company and see how they charge. Your customers will like you being environmentally aware.

My town accepts unused paint. HO's are allowed to take what they want for projects. Good system.

As does PWG, I would always leave unused custom colors with HO. They'll need it for touch ups and other repairs.
 

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Yes I am all for latex but this commerical client, given the location, is requesting oil. Haven't used it in a while, so I wanted to be sure that if the buckets, cans, brushes etc were dry, we could toss in the trash and two disposal companies said yes. We prefer to use cheap equipment and toss rather than to clean.
 

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tell that commercial client to kiss your butt, your gonna use latex or you wont do it,,,,this will give you an incredible feeling,,,,he'll probably go for it if you sell it right
 

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No . . . I would never treat a client that way. Especially this company, they have been great clients since 1995. They requested oil over the proposed latex and ask me to adjust prices accordingly. I have no problem with that. I just want to be sure that we handle the leftovers correctly.
 

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No . . . I would never treat a client that way. Especially this company, they have been great clients since 1995. They requested oil over the proposed latex and ask me to adjust prices accordingly. I have no problem with that. I just want to be sure that we handle the leftovers correctly.
You are to be lauded for your interest in doing it correctly and probably for doing what the customer requests.

BUT (did you see that coming ;) ) it could be the responsibility of professionals to educate the populace about the changing characteristics of both solvent-based and waterbornes. The solvent-based coatings are being castrated more and more each year due to tightening regulations (that's not a complaint or a rant - it's just a fact of life) while the waterbornes are becoming better.

If the customer is thoroughly educated, then do as they wish.
 

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IMO the new latex products are better than in years past but still do not have the durability of the "nasty" stuff used 20 years ago.

To answer the question, if it is dry it can go in the dumpster, if it is "wet" like part cans of paint, thinners etc. it needs to be disposed of properly. Check your yellow pages and I am sure there is someone who will haul it away. For 55 gallon drums of "mystery" solvents, paint, and what not I believe we pay about $400 a drum to have it hauled out. If you seperate what is what you may get a hauler to pay you for it if it is compatable for a "burner" operation they sell to.
 

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Thanks 'safety guy' for the tips.

As far as see it coming, not for the areas they are now asking for.

Like I mentioned before we had worked for this company for many many years then they were bought by a major mega company who did not care about painting. But now they are in real need for work in a number of their locations and are asking us to do it. And I am very happy to do so.

Previously we painted certain smaller areas with oil regularly, but now they are asking for oil in areas where we had already taken them to either latex or waterborne product. Why the change I do not know yet. But yes, of course, the cost to do the work will increase.
 
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