What Are Some Tips for Getting Free Paint?


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To get free paint, find out if there is a recycling or hazardous household waste center in your area. These places often ask people to bring materials, such as paint, to them instead of throwing them in the garbage. Go to the center, and find out if it gives paint to people for free and whether it happens continuously throughout the year or on specific days.

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Although it may be difficult to find paint for free, there are a lot of ways to save on paint. For example, many stores allow customers to return opened cans of paint bought from the store if the colors are wrong. Afterwards, stores sell these cans of paint at large discounts. Places such as The Home Depot, Menards and Walmart are ideal sources to search for paint.

In addition, if you need a lot of paint for a large project, buying paint in bulk can save a lot of money. For example, one large container of paint usually costs less than the same amount of paint in a number of smaller containers. You can also spend less money on paint if you are using a primer, as primed surfaces require significantly less paint to ensure sufficient coverage. In addition, if you buy the cheapest paint you can find, it is likely that it won't last for a long time, and you might have to apply many coats, which means using more paint. Buying paint that is somewhat more expensive can result in spending less money than when buying very cheap paint.

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