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Enjoy high quality and low prices with Metro's 100 percent recycled latex paint, made in Portland, Ore., since 1992.
What's better for the environment, easy on the wallet and available in 18 beautiful, blendable colors? Metro's award-winning recycled latex paint, of course! For nearly two decades, MetroPaint has helped the region reduce waste, conserve natural resources and look good while going green.
Each year, Metro collects more than 5 million pounds of household hazardous waste, with about 40 percent of it latex paint. Quality batches of leftover latex are then turned into MetroPaint, available in 1-gallon cans and 5-gallon pails for about $11 or less a gallon at Miller Paint stores, MetroPaint Swan Island store and independent retailers in Oregon and Washington.
Paint recycling makes a difference for people and the environment. When using recycled paint, you decrease your carbon footprint, reduce the need for landfill space, conserve water used to make new paint and prevent pollution from the mining and extraction of raw materials.
MetroPaint comes in colors ranging from white and cream to barn red and summer-sky blue, with periodic seasonal and specialty colors, too. All colors dry to a durable, low-sheen finish. Quantities and colors are subject to availability, so call Metro's recycling hotline at 503-234-3000 for details.
Though Metro cannot offer special-ordered tints or guarantee an exact color match from one batch to the next, the production of colors in 300- to 1,000-gallon batches at a time helps ensure you can buy paint within the same batch. Further fine-tuning helps ensure each batch meets MetroPaint color standards, without using tint or colorant.
Variances among different batches of the same color are so slight that you can paint to the corner of a room with one batch, then paint the other wall from that corner with a different batch and notice no difference between the walls.
Technicians use stringent methods to ensure only good-quality latex paint is reblended into recycled latex paint. It's thick and rich, costs a fraction of the price of other paints and often covers in just one coat.
Original MetroPaint includes a one-year warranty and provides the same good quality that homeowners, designers and contractors have come to expect for more than a decade. Certified MetroPaint, approved by Green Seal™ and the Master Painters Institute, includes a five-year limited warranty and mold inhibitor. Both sustainable products are good toward LEED and Earth Advantage certification.
Apply MetroPaint inside or outside. The combination of acrylics and enamels with various glosses makes MetroPaint suitable and durable for interiors and exteriors. Use it on wood, masonry, metal, vinyl siding, homes, apartments, barns, factories and just about anything else. One gallon may cover 300 to 400 square feet, depending on application method and painting surface. Plus, enjoy smooth application by brush, roll or spray.
Got leftover paint at home? Close the loop by recycling it! Oregon’s industry-run program for paint recycling makes it convenient to drop off unwanted paint and keep reusable materials out of landfills. The MetroPaint Swan Island store does not accept unwanted paint for disposal or recycling. For the nearest paint-collection center in Oregon, call 1-800-CLEANUP or visit the PaintCare website.
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