Does Sherwin-Williams take old paint?

Sherwin-Williams does take old paint because of the brand’s partnership with PaintCare, in 10 different states.

Cans of leftover paint can make your space feel cluttered and can even cause distress when they are knocked over.

Fortunately, there is now an easy and convenient way to get rid of this old paint. Sherwin-Williams will  accept most of your old paints, as long as they have not been contaminated and as long as you live in a state in which PaintCare operates.

The trouble with leftover paint

There are few things worse than having to return to the store a second or even a third or fourth time in the middle of a painting project just because you miscalculated how much paint you would need.

However, what is often worse is having multiple paint cans piling up around your home from all of your previous projects.

These leftover paint cans will not only make your space feel cluttered, but they can really cause a mess if they are accidentally knocked over and not sealed properly.

Does Sherwin-Williams take old paint?

Unfortunately, deciding to get rid of the paint cans stored in your garage, garden, basement or other parts of your home, is often not as simple as just throwing them out.

Paint comes in many different forms, and as a result, it can be difficult to determine the best way to go about disposing of unwanted paint safely, especially if it can no longer be used for something else.

Fortunately, the Sherwin-Williams brand has partnered with the non-profit organization, PaintCare, since 2021 to give customers a convenient option to get rid of unwanted paint, whilst helping the brand to be more environmentally conscious.

Sherwin-Williams accepts everything from primers, stains, sealers and clear coatings such as shellac and varnish for this recycling program.

If you live in a participating state, you will be able to drop off any of these paints at a participating Sherwin-Williams store within regular operating hours.

They will then take this paint off of your hands for free, provided that your paint meets the criteria. Sherwin-Williams will only accept your old paint if:

  • The paint is 5 gallons or less
  • The paint is not contaminated
  • The paint is in its original container with the label

You will not be charged a recycling fee when you drop off your old paint at a participating Sherwin-Williams branch, but Sherwin-Williams does charge for the disposal fee indirectly when customers buy paint from the brand in a participating state.

You will see this charge listed as a “PaintCare fee” on your receipt at the time of purchase.

Which paint does Sherwin-Williams not accept?

Though the Sherwin-Williams PaintCare partnership is a very convenient and quick way to get rid of old paint, the company does not accept aerosol products (spray cans), industrial maintenance (IM), original equipment manufacturer (OEM), or specialty coatings paints.

This includes paints like Paint thinners, mineral spirits, solvents, auto and marine paints, art and craft paints, caulking compounds (like epoxies, glues, adhesives), any paint additives (like colorants, tints, resins), wood preservatives that contain pesticides, roof patch and repair paints, deck cleaners or any other two-component products.

Your paint will also not be accepted if the paint container is leaking.

What are the Sherwin-Williams operating hours?

If you are sure that your old paint meets the criteria for the Sherwin-Williams and PaintCare project, then you can drop off your unwanted paint at any participating store within regular operating hours.

The regular operating hours of most Sherwin-Williams stores are as follows:

Day(s) of the week Regular operating hours
Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Which states participate in the PaintCare project?

Since the initiative whereby Sherwin-Williams will take old paint off your hands is actually a partnership with PaintCare, this service is only accessible in the states where PaintCare operates.

This means that not all Sherwin-Williams stores will accept your old paint if it meets all of the criteria, and you  need to ensure that you live in a participating state before you pack all of your old paint cans into your car.

PaintCare is currently operating in 10 states in total, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Colombia, Maine, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington.

But the non-profit is working hard to expand its reach even further. If you do not live in one of these participating states, you can always visit the Earth911 website, where you will be able to search for other paint recycling centers in your area, if there are any.