Super-Compliant paints whenever possible.
If you canít use Super-Compliant VOC paint, avoid painting during peak
smog season: July, August, and September.
If you canít find Super-Compliant paint, use any of the readily
available Low-VOC paints designed to do the job.
Buy only the paint you need.
Recycle leftover paint. Take any left over
paint to a household hazardous waste center sponsored by your city or county.
Do not mix leftover water-based and oil-based paints. To locate a household
hazardous waste center in your area call 1-800-CLEANUP or click on the
Keep lids closed on all paint containers when not in use to prevent VOC
emissions and excessive odors.
For water-based paints, clean up with water only, but whenever possible,
do not rinse the clean-up water down the drain or pour it directly into the
ground or the storm drain. Set aside the can of clean-up water and take it to
a hazardous waste center (http://earth911.com/hazardous/paint/).
Recycle the empty paint can.
Look for non-solvent containing stripping products.
Use Compliant Low-VOC cleaning solvents to clean paint application
equipment. Click on the following hyperlink for a list of:
Clean Air Solvents.
Keep all paint and solvent laden rags in sealed containers to prevent VOC
Use according to manufacturer's directions
Make sure you provide plenty of ventilation when using paint or solvent products.