Does Lowe’s Take Old Paint? (try This Instead)

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In the past, you might have to remove the old paint and haul away to the dump. Then you’d have to pay to have your driveway resurfaced. Luckily, these days there are some great alternatives for homeowners.

 Lowe’s will accept used paint from the paint department if it is within a certain amount of time. If you’re not sure about your time frames, check the paint department’s web site or call them. If you want the paint from the paint department to be stored for a long time, make sure the paint is a gel-coat product and that it’s not clear or semi-permanent.

Does Lowe’s Take Old Paint In 2022?

Paint recycling programs are limited in the United States, and many stores do not offer a drop-off or recycling center. However, some Lowe’s stores have in-store paint recycling programs, and the Lowe’s website has a link to stores that have a paint drop-off or recycling program.

As Lowe’s takes on your old paint, it’s very likely that they’d be using a pressure-based system where the air pressure is controlled by a fan, allowing for an even application of the paint.

The paint is drawn up, and the air is pushed back down into a reservoir, forcing the paint back into the can.
Once the can is full, the fan turns off allowing the paint to drop.

Why Doesn’t Lowe’s Take Old Paint?

Lowe’s is not operating a store-wide paint disposal program because the range of laws surrounding hazardous substances could make the process legally cumbersome.

Several types of paint contain metallic substances that make it unsafe to flush down the drain. As such, paint must not be flushed down the drain.

How Does Lowe’s Help with Disposing of Old Paint?

Lowe’s does not recycle old paint, but its website does describe how and when to safely store and dispose of different types of paint.

If you are going to buy the right paint for your walls, you should be sure you are disposing it properly.

Wash the exterior of your home with a brush or a rag.
Spray with a hose.
Use a vacuum.

You can choose from a wide range of colours, finishes and brands.
Your purchase will be delivered direct to your home for free
All you have to do is to follow the instructions in the manual.

If you paint with oil-based paint, it could end up on your hands and/or nearby surfaces. You could also get this oil-based paint into nearby water sources such as rivers, streams and ponds. Take extra precaution to avoid putting oil-based paint into these water sources.

How to Store Paint

Use a cool, dry place.
Keep your paint in a cool, dry place. Do not use any room in which sunlight comes in a lot or a humid area.
Do not store your paint in a place with high temperature.
Keep the paint away from fire.
Keep your paint in a clean container.

In order to preserve your beer, you should leave the lid on, you should place the beer in a safe area, and you should bring back to life.

What Products Does Lowe’s Sell To Help Dispose Of Old Paint?

Lowe’s provides various paint removal products and items to dispose of old paint safely.

In this example, you can make homemade wood stain from red wine vinegar and baking soda. The baking soda neutralizes the acidity and the red wine vinegar is rich in natural tannins that produce a dark stain.

There are different ways to dispose old paint. You can throw it out with the regular trash or in the garbage. You can also spray it into the air to disperse it.

This product comes in a couple of sizes. It is available in a larger and cheaper version.

Where Can I Dispose Of Old Paint Instead?

Sherwin-Williams will take latex for recycling. However, it is important to note that this is a practice in most states across the United States.

The new artists will continue to use acrylics and other related products, however, they will not be allowed to use oil-based paints.

If you have used paint, it is always worth asking a local homeless shelter, drama club, or community center if they have use for used paint. They may be able to recycle it or give you a discount for it.

Non-profit organizations (like Habitat for Humanity) accept donations of used paint, as long as it has not hardened and is still in the original container.

And lastly, although it’s not exactly the same thing, as a personal note:
If you are using a paint product that has not hardened or dried, or if you are using the “right stuff” (which has not hardened), you can easily remove a thin layer of hardened paint by scraping it off.

For additional information, you can also read the blog posts we wrote on whether or not Lowe’s buys used appliances or recycles light bulbs.


You don’t have to open old paint to get a refund. However, if you have old paint in your cart but haven’t opened it, you can return it under the standard return policy.

The HomeAdvisor team has also published an informative article about how to properly dispose of latex paint.

Lowe’s sells various cat litter brands and special paint hardening products that you can use to dispose of old paint safely.

For a list of products available to consumers in your area, you can visit their website.

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