In an emergency

If there has been a safety, health or environmental emergency involving one of our products, please contact our Emergency Response service on 1800 033 111 (24 hours). In the event of an emergency, do not e-mail us as our e-mail service is not monitored with the intent to provide emergency response.

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Determining if your old painted surface contains lead

In buildings, which are very old, it is possible that some of the original paint or primers may still contain lead. Extreme care should be taken with the removal of these coatings. They should not be sanded or burnt. Independent chemical laboratories can test paint flakes for lead. Further information can be obtained from the Environment Protection Agency on 1800 803 772.

Disposing of unwanted paint

Never dispose of unwanted paint by pouring it down household or storm water drains. Water-based paints can be treated with Dulux Envirosolutions® Waste Paint Hardener. This product turns the liquid paint into a solid mass, which can then be disposed of responsibly. The can, once emptied, can be placed in household recycling bins. Unwanted solvent-based paints can be disposed of by pouring the excess onto an absorbent material such as kitty litter, cardboard or shredded paper. Allow to dry and dispose with your normal household waste collection. For the disposal of larger quantities of paint, contact your local council.

Paintback® is an industry initiative to divert architectural and decorative waste paint from landfill by depositing unwanted paint to the local collection points. The scheme enables the collection and treatment of waste paint and waste packaging through participating sites around Australia. For more information on responsible paint disposal, visit www.paintback.com.au.

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More how to guides

How to care for Dulux paint in your home

Explore these tips on caring for the paint on your home so that you can extend the life of your paint and help maintain the value of your investment.

How to use a paint roller

To use a roller you'll need a tray, frame, roller cover and possibly an extension pole. Make sure you have the right roller for the job.