Now through October 18 at OTD.
Note: OTD is Closed Oct 8
Call 705-329-1084 or visit OTD at
1084 Brodie Drive, Severn, ON L3V 0V2
(behind Orillia Square Mall)
And after taking advantage of the Paint Sale...
Cleaning Up Paint and Safety Concerns
Cleaning and Storing Paint Brushes
How you clean brushes depends on the type of paint you have been using.
All brushes and rollers that have been used with water-based paints should be rinsed in cold water and then washed in warm water with a little detergent. Do not clean them in the sink, as the chemicals will get into the water system.
Brushes which have been used to apply solvent based paints should be cleaned with the appropriate solvents, and then washed in warm water with a little detergent added. Do not clean them in the sink, as the chemicals will get into the water system.
Rinse brushes in clean water, shake off excess water and wrap in a piece of clean paper towel and secure with masking tape. The brush will then dry back to its original shape, ready for the next job.
Brushes should be stored flat or on their handles as standing them on their ends will bend the bristles and ruin them. To extend the life of your brushes and rollers it is essential to clean them thoroughly and allow them to dry before storing.
Re-Sealing Leftover Paint Cans
To reseal a can of paint so that it is airtight you should wipe clean the rim of the can and firmly replace the lid by placing a wider piece of flat wood on top and tapping it down with a hammer or mallet. Then you should quickly turn over the can to form an airtight seal that will help prevent skinning of the paint that is a mess to deal with when opened.
Disposing of Paint and Chemicals
Unused or old paint can create severe problems if not disposed of correctly. The label information on the product will help you to assess the right amount of paint for your job. If you have any leftover, usable paint or chemicals first think to offer it to friends or community organizations that might be able to use it for their own projects.
If no one needs it call your local municipality for information on proper disposal. Some municipalities offer free or low cost disposal of paint and other chemicals. Some paint dealers will also take back left over product for proper disposal. Of course, don’t Do not pour products on the ground or down drains.
Handling of Paint and Other Chemicals
You should only purchase as much paint as you need for the current project but if you have left over paint be sure to store it where it won’t freeze and certainly out of the reach of children.
Do not pour any paint or white spirits down the drain, not even water based paints, as the chemicals they contain will contaminate the water supply.
Health and Safety
Paint products today are general safe and easy to use but they are still chemicals, many which can be harmful if incorrectly used. Always follow label directions. A few simple precautions will also ensure good, safe results are obtained.
Always read the label and instructions for the use of paints, stains, thinners and other materials before you begin your project. Wear appropriate gloves if you have sensitive skin or if the label cautions you to do so. Always wear appropriate eye protection. Avoid inhaling of dust from sanding wood, drywall or other surfaces. Ensure proper ventilation, even in cooler temperatures. And be sure to wear a suitable facemask or eye cover if needed during sanding.
When applying solvent-based paints you should as well apply them in well-ventilated areas. Ensure maximum ventilation during both application and drying. Do not apply to large surface areas inside such as walls and ceilings without first arranging good venation. Always use water based paints for inside work, preferably with low or no VOC’s.
Caution: Pre-1960s paint surfaces over wood and metal may contain harmful lead so special precautions should be taken during the preparation of surfaces.