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Old 06-06-2016, 02:45 PM
 
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if you live in a dry area you can pour it out across some dirt and the sun will dry it out in a couple of days . The WHOLE thing will just peel off the dirt in one big piece.

That is not only super easy it is super green as it requires zero cat litter or paint hardner and does not even leach...
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Old 06-06-2016, 03:53 PM
 
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You can also get paint hardener at a hardware store. It's crystals that will harden the paint into a solid block inside the can. Then you can just dispose of it on the curb.
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Old 06-06-2016, 03:55 PM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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Well I'm not planning on any move in the future (no need for 6ft under) but what I have done when a part of a Gal is left over (will form a surface crust) so I save old mayo glass jars or similar that has a screw on cap. I label Flat/Gloss etc so can always use as a patch or on a small place. Hate to buy a Qt for a small job.

Problem leaving un used paint in a can is it will spoil so to speak while in a sealed glass jar will stay longer for any need.
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Old 06-06-2016, 04:33 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Leave it with the house so the new owner can use it for touch ups...
This is what I did. The new owners thanked me, too!
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Old 06-06-2016, 09:03 PM
 
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If it is still good, it is a waste to throw it away.

List it on Craigslist for free. It will be gone in a few hours. It is a good resource. I have given many things away that way to people who could really use them, and got some free paint, too.

Or you might want to try Disabled American Vets (DAV). They run a chain of thrift stores in our area just like Goodwill. The difference is that DAV is less picky than Goodwill about what they take, and they are also more grateful for what they get. If the people at Goodwill had more manners, it would get them a lot more Goodwill. LOL

Or try local homeless shelters and soup kitchens. If they don't need it, they will probably know someone who will, even neighbors, employees, or volunteers of those places.
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Old 06-07-2016, 04:43 AM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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Leave it with the house so the new owner can use it for touch ups...
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Exactly. And be sure to label it according to what room was painted with it so they know.
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I know it is hard to get rid of unused paint, but when I buy a house, I appreciate the current paint left behind neatly on a shelf, in case I need to patch a hole or fix a scrape.

If you need to throw some out, you can open the can and pour cat litter into it so it dries out. Then it can be put in the trash.
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Well I'm not planning on any move in the future (no need for 6ft under) but what I have done when a part of a Gal is left over (will form a surface crust) so I save old mayo glass jars or similar that has a screw on cap. I label Flat/Gloss etc so can always use as a patch or on a small place. Hate to buy a Qt for a small job.

Problem leaving un used paint in a can is it will spoil so to speak while in a sealed glass jar will stay longer for any need.
All of the above.
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Old 06-07-2016, 08:06 AM
 
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You can always freecycle it on freecycle.org
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Old 06-07-2016, 10:12 AM
 
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I have always left the unused paint with every house I've sold. If you want to simply dispose of the paint, the easiest and safest way is to buy some cheap kitty litter. You can pour the paint over the kitty litter, let it dry thoroughly and then put in your garbage. Once dry, there is no environmental risk from the paint. If there is only a small amount of latex paint in a can, you can let the can sit open and dry thoroughly. The dry paint can be peeled of the can and disposed of.
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Old 06-07-2016, 11:43 AM
 
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So we sold our house with the plan of renting for a year and theN moving south next year. That means we still gotta get out of our current house. In order to put the house on the market, we repainted all the bedrooms, bathroom, and living room. Now my questions is what can I do with the unused paint? I emailed habitat for humanity, but they don't take it shockingly. I would like to donate the unused paint so I can't get rid of it so it's less to bring when we move. Any ideas ? ( we live in Hudson valley, NY State)
get a large canvas, and do some action painting like jackson pollock.
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Old 06-07-2016, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Saint Paul, MN
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I agree with everyone who says to leave it with the house. If the buyers like the colors and want to keep it that way, they will greatly appreciate having access to the leftover paint. If they want to change the colors, they can deal with giving or throwing the old paint away.
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