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Aug 16

Do-It-Yourself Green Painting Tips from College Pro Painters

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college pro paintersCompanies all over the country, and all over the world for that matter, are pushing themselves and their customers to “go green” in order to preserve our environment and conserve natural resources; College Pro Painters is no different.

College Pro is the leading student-run painting company in the United States and Canada; in business for over 40 years, College Pro has always been on the forefront of Green Painting. You know that when you hire a College Pro to paint your home’s exterior, the painters and project managers will use responsible best practices to dispose of any excess waste. However, there is always the ambitious homeowner that will go the “do-it-yourself” route and opt to perform this home improvement on their own. If that’s the case, College Pro would like to offer the following advice so the only impact your painting makes is on your home, and not the planet.

First, make sure you plan for the correct amount of paint. This is economical as well as environmental. There are a number of online tools you can use to calculate approximate paint usage, and your local hardware store should have a good idea as well. Keep in mind that you will need 2 or 3 coats of paint to properly coat an exterior, but a typical gallon of paint can cover almost 400 square feet of surface. The less you buy the less waste you have and the more you save. If you’re unsure always buy a little less (make sure you know the exact color); you can always go back for more.

Next, make sure you’re being smart about cleaning your tools. Paint brushes and scrapers do not need to be cleaned on a daily basis. Wrap your tools in plastic and keep them in a cool, dry place instead of washing. You should be able do to this for 3-4 days, and the less you wash your brushes, the less you contaminate the water.

Dry paint is better for the environment than wet paint, so whenever possible chip dry paint off your tools as opposed to washing them. If you have a small amount of paint left after your project let it dry and then properly dispose of the entire can. If you are using a scraper, let the paint dry out and then chip excess paint off it and properly dispose of the chips.