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EXPERIMENT 12

RECYCLING PAINT SOLVENT AT HOME

THINGS YOU NEED: 2 large coffee cans or glass jars. Used mineral spirits (paint thinner) or turpentine.

Have you ever done any painting? Not the kind an artistdoes (we just know you can do that). We mean the kind of painting a handyman does. If youíve managed so far to escape this bit of joy, then you probably donít know much about removing the paint from brushes, rollers, and trays (and hands and arms and face and neck and . . .).

With latex paints, this job isnít so bad. Everything is washed with water. But with oil-based paints, itís not as convenient because a special solvent is needed: either mineral spirits (commonly known as paint thinner) or turpentine.