What is recycled paint? Is it any good?
Recycled paint is a great way of diverting unused paint—which is considered hazardous waste—from landfills and incineration. We collect unused paint and then sort it by type, color, and quality. From there we create consistent colours and test the paint for quality according to industry standards such as sag, opacity, coverage, and durability.
Lower-grade and inferior paints are separated out so that only paint from quality brands you know goes into Blue Moose Paint. (We sell the lower-grade paint at reduced prices to discounters and exporters, so it doesn’t go into landfill, either.) Because Blue Moose Paint recycled paint is made from better-grade paints, you get the quality and features of a mid-range paint. Every batch includes a small amount of new material such as color pigment to ensure quality and consistency.
Blue Moose paint undergoes stringent in-house and third-party quality controls before it gets packaged for sale. You can count on our paint to deliver incredible results every time—or we’ll gladly refund the cost of your purchase!
You can learn more about paint recycling in Canada on ProductCare's website.
Do you have to stir or shake Blue Moose Paint?
Yes. Because Blue Moose is not shaken in the store, it needs to be stirred vigorously. We recommend using a drill with a mixing attachment, but you can also stir it quickly by hand. Give Blue Moose Paint a solid 2-minute stir when you open the can, and continue to stir it every 15 minutes or so throughout the application. Here’s a picture of what Blue Moose might look like when it’s first opened versus what it looks like after it is properly stirred:
Why does my paint smell?
We have had some instances of batches with a less-than-pleasant odor. We’ve attributed this smell to the addition of a preservative. The smell dissipates over time, so recently packaged cans have a stronger smell than cans that have been stored for a couple of months. It is not dangerous, and it does not mean the paint is “bad” or “off.”
We are now adding a natural extract to give the paint a more pleasant vanilla scent when it is opened.
How well does Blue Moose Paint cover?
Blue Moose paint is a primer and paint in one, so it has great coverage. You can see for yourself in this customer's video review. (Loop paint is the same as Blue Moose paint—same product, different label.)
What About VOCs?
From a VOC perspective, recycled paint is actually less harmful than new paint. Just like new carpet or wood floor refinishing the harmful gasses emitted from some paint decreases over time.
How can I be sure the color is right for me?
We’re passionate about choosing paint colors, and we know how tricky it can be! When it comes to choosing a color you’ll love, remember that paint will always look different on your wall than it does in the can. It will even look different in different rooms That’s because any kind of light – daylight, artificial light, even candlelight – can dramatically change the way a certain color appears. Grays, taupes, lavenders, and mauves are particularly affected by lighting conditions. Time of day if near a window, sheen levels, shadows, other wall colors in the same room, and even furniture can also change how our eye perceives color.
We recommend always choosing a paint color once you have seen it under natural daylight. Try painting a square and watch how it changes throughout the day, or paint a stir stick that you can move to different walls and even different rooms. That way you can see how the paint dries and how it will look in different lighting conditions.
Is the color the same in the can as it is on the label?
When our labels arrive at our warehouse, we use our photo-spectrometer to check for color match, but sometimes it is not perfect due to light sources, limitations of printing, and being on a different substrate (paper). The true test of the color to the label is to dab a little bit on the label and let it dry. We think you’ll find it close.
What if I need to do touch-ups?
Because Blue Moose is pre-tinted, we recommend using paint from the same batch number on the same wall. You'll find the batch number on the label. If the paint is not from the same batch number, test a small amount in an inconspicuous spot.
Where can I buy Blue Moose Paint?
Blue Moose Recycled Paint is exclusively available at all Giant Tiger stores.
Is Blue Moose Paint vegan?
Although we don't add any animal-based materials to Blue Moose paint, we cannot guarantee that it is vegan because of the nature of recycled paint. We combine several different brands of paint (e.g., Behr, Color Place, Benjamin Moore, etc.) to create our final recycled product, and we cannot be 100% certain that these brands do not incorporate animal-based materials such as binders.
Have another question? Please feel free to email us: Info@BlueMoosePaint.com or call us 24 hours at 1-877-593-2600.