Disposing of Midas finish seal lacquer

by Ella

I'm using this product, but I don't know how to dispose of it safely after I've dipped my items. Do I pour it down the drain? The MSDS is pretty confusing!

Stacy's Answer:

Hi Ella!

Although the technical language of an MSDS may be a little intimidating, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the information contained in them. A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) provides important safety data about a specific product.

"The most crucial information on any MSDS is the first-aid, spill and waste disposal information. This section also explains precautions necessary to adequately protect anyone working with the named chemicals." However, on the Finish Seal Lacquer, you are referred to your local regulation. (EPA 40 CPR 261)

Rio Grande's Finish Seal Lacquer is a kind of paint. But unlike traditional lacquers, it can be mixed with water to dilute it. It should probably be treated as you would water-soluble paint. However, I'm not going to second guess what those regulations are - you'll have to contact your local hazardous waste disposal company and ask them. Procedures vary from State to State and county to county.

If you dispose of the leftover product after dipping your items, you'll use it up fast! I pour what I think I'll use into a tightly sealing container and use that until it's gone. The product in the original bottle does not get contaminated or thickened due to evaporation. Once I've used up the product in the new container, I simply refill it as needed. If the empty product container cannot be recycled, then follow your local EPA mandates for disposal.

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