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Clean up

Cleaning rollers:

Use a paint roller cleaner. Hold the roller frame vertically and place it on the paint tray. Slip the loop of the wire paint roller cleaner over the top of the roller. Hold firmly and slide the cleaner slowly down the cover. Repeat this two or three times.

Oil paints:

Pour mineral turpentine into the tray. Soak the roller cover in solvent working the mineral turpentine in with your fingers (it is advisable to wear solvent resistant gloves). Work the roller up and down the tray, drain and repeat the process. Rinse the cover with warm soapy water and spin dry. Repeat until the roller is clean then stand on it's end to dry.

Paint disposal:

When purchasing paint try to estimate the exact amount of paint required to reduce waste. The best and easiest way to dispose of paints is to use it up. Apply another coat or keep for touch up as necessary rather than disposing of excess.

Water based paint can be left to dry by removing the lid and allowing the paint to harden in an area away from children and animals. Dry paint is suitable for disposal in household rubbish collections.
Solvent based paint should never be poured down drains or on the ground. They should be disposed of as a household hazardous waste. Wait for a "Hazardous Waste Collection Day".

Contact your local Council or State Government Environmental Protection Agency for advice.

Thinners and solvents have an almost unlimited shelf life. Store away safely for future use. Never pour down drains or a storm water sewer.

Protect our environment:

Do not pour leftover paint down the drain. Unwanted water based paint should be brushed out on newspaper, allowed to dry and then disposed of via domestic waste collections. Unwanted solvent based paints should be kept in sealed containers for disposal via special chemical waste collections.

Empty paint containers should be left open in a well ventilated area to dry out. When dry, recycle steel containers via steel can recycling programs.

Disposal of empty paint containers via domestic recycling programs may differ between local authorities.

Check with your local council first.