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Disposing of Used Solvents

#261368 by john_001 » Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:14 pm

What do you do with solvents like mineral spirits or alcohol after they've been used to clean brushes or other things?

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Re: Disposing of Used Solvents

#261369 by garys » Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:30 pm

I avoid cleaning brushes whenever possible. I use the cheap foam brushes and throw them away when they are no longer useful. Between uses, I wrap them in aluminum foil and store them in my deep freeze. Once the brush starts to dry up in storage, it goes in the trash.

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Re: Disposing of Used Solvents

#261374 by bainin » Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:37 pm

Down here- we have the city dump which accepts them as household chemicals.

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#261377 by beeg » Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:23 pm

I have three cans, #1 I keep mineral spirits in it. #2 I keep brush cleaner in it. #3 is an empty can, that I pour which ever cleaner I'm using into it. When finished with that cleaner. I pour it back into the original can and let the solids settle out. So that next time I can pour the clear fluid in to #3.

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Re: Disposing of Used Solvents

#261382 by benush26 » Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:02 am

Summer time I pour the used liquid into a large disposable aluminum pie plate outside and let the liquid evaporate. Fall and Winter I double line a 5 gallon bucket (that you buy from HD or Lowe’s) with plastic garage sacks, fill with kitty litter and a paper based fluid absorber. Pour in the fluid, let it dry and solidify, tie each bag. If your local garbage company allows disposal with regular garbage, then into the dumpster, otherwise a special trip to the city dump at some point. In the winter I’d probably leave it outside to keep the smell out there.
As a side note, I used to strain used liquid through a few layers of cheese cloth to reuse the liquid a time or two. Now I buy it in gallon containers and don’t worry about reusing it.
Hope that helps.

Be well,
Ben

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Re: Disposing of Used Solvents

#261528 by john_001 » Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:27 pm

I like the idea of letting it settle and decanting the clean part. Thank you for the suggestion, Beeg.

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Re: Disposing of Used Solvents

#261542 by JPG » Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:03 am

john_001 wrote:I like the idea of letting it settle and decanting the clean part. Thank you for the suggestion, Beeg.


Realize if paint thinner, the solvent will absorb oils etc. from the paint and become less efficient. Great for cleanup use. Use fresh as a last step(replenteshes that which is lost).

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Re: Disposing of Used Solvents

#261551 by john_001 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:20 pm

That's what I figured - it'd be good for preliminary brush cleaning, but not as clean solvent anymore.

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