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Can of Benjamin Moore Regal blue-colored paint covered with plastic wrap

Once you've completed your painting project, you'll need to clean up, prepare extra paint for storage, and dispose of any waste paint.

Alkyd Paints

To clean your brushes, work solvent into the bristles, squeezing out as much paint and solvent as possible. Repeat until paint disappears from your brush.

Rinse your brushes in a clear solvent, then wash in soapy water. Rinse and let dry. Wrap and store in heavy paper.


Disassemble your roller and submerge the cover in solvent. When most paint has been worked out, wash the cover in mild detergent, and rinse in clear water.

Remove paint from frame and hardware with a solvent. Hang your roller to dry.

Latex Paints

Follow the cleaning procedures noted above for alkyd paints, substituting soapy water for paint solvent.

Proper Disposal

Use paints until they are nearly empty, reserving a small amount for touch-ups. Be sure to save alkyd products for hazardous waste collection.

In most states, latex paint can be disposed with your household trash once it has been dried out in a can. Leave the can lid open to show that the paint has hardened.

Recycle your dry, empty containers in your local recycling program. Also consider donating any products you do not use to a nearby community group or civic organization.

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