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Old 10-05-2012, 11:40 AM   #1
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I've been doing some work in the basement of my office building. Found the water leak, tore out the moldy old, drywalled & mudded, etc.

Then it was on to paint. I primed & painted over the flat black ceiling paint (no idea why anybody would ever do that), and moved on to the walls.

Since I'm cheap, and since the color & sheen didn't really matter, I decided to head down to a local "paint recycle store." It's a city-wide place where people can drop off their leftover paint, and anybody can go pick up (for free) whatever paint they want.

First time I've ever been there. I picked up 7 part-gallons of paint I thought I could mix up to get kind of a light blue-gray look. Obviously, I selected all interior paint. Various sheens, though no flat. Combined and mixed them in a 5 gallon bucket and gave it a whirl.

Below is the "almost finished" result (the light circles are dust on the camera lens, not something with the paint). I'm pretty happy with it. The paint rolled on nicely, and covered very well. The sheen ended up being in the eggshell/satin realm. I needed about 4 gallons, so I figure I saved about $100 - maybe a little more. Plus, it's kind of nice to be at least a little "green."

I'll be doing this again, for applications where I have some flexibility with color and sheen. If you have such a facility nearby, I'd suggest you give it a go. You might like it.


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Looks great Dr. Hicks! I mix a lot of leftover paint into a fiver about 2 or 3 times a year.......I try to keep the sheens all the same and the colors pretty close........usually end up with a taupe color. I use my "mixed up" paint on various apartment jobs or old sheds/buildings where no one cares about the color. It usually works out pretty good........customer saves on buying a bunch of paint that's for certain.

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I leave all my left over paint with the customer
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Chris, I usually do that also......BUT, sometimes the customer doesn't want a gallon can with a quart of paint in it taking up space in the garage or basement. Also, some of my jobs are apartment repaints, etc. and the slum, er, landlord doesn't expect me to leave any leftover paint. Adds up to 15 or 20 half empty cans per year.
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Chris, I usually do that also......BUT, sometimes the customer doesn't want a gallon can with a quart of paint in it taking up space in the garage or basement. Also, some of my jobs are apartment repaints, etc. and the slum, er, landlord doesn't expect me to leave any leftover paint. Adds up to 15 or 20 half empty cans per year.
I get it. I used to do the same.When my garage got to cluttered,I would throw all the gals into a 5 and take it to habitat for humanity
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I get it. I used to do the same.When my garage got to cluttered,I would throw all the gals into a 5 and take it to habitat for humanity
Thanks good idea. I have just been throwing mine out now I can do something useful with it.
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You come up with some odd colors but they don't care.
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I usually paint my tool stands and things like that with the leftover stuff. I have been doing some exterior repair work lately and have been working out of 15 year old can of BM MorGlo. When I pulled it off the shelf I doubted it would be any good but I added a little Floetrol and mixed the dickens out of it and it's been fine.

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