04:54PM | 04/09/04
Member Since: 04/08/04
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I'm remodeling a dbl wide trailer, not realizing that we had a septic tank, I cleaned out brushes etc., in the tub and now the tub is covered in paint and the drained is plugged.

Yes I'm blonde, have mercy....I want to know if using mineral spirits to clean out the tub will be OK for the plumbing and the septic tank.



04:41PM | 04/10/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
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First, you should never put any kind of paint into a septic system. But now you know that.

Second, without knowing what kind of paint (latex, oil, epoxy...) you used, it is not possible to recommend a solvent to remove it.

Third, mineral spirits will have no effect upon the paint once dried.

Fourth, if the trap is blocked, better to replace the trap and tub overflow.

Fifth, if you do know what type of paint and can find a solvent to remove it from the tub without damaging the tub surface, make sure you do not allow any of the dissolved paint or solvent drain out of the tub into the septic system. Apply the solvent to a rag so that the dried paint can be wiped up, or keep the drain closed then remove any liquid dissolved paint with rags or a wet vac or similar.


01:26PM | 04/11/04
Member Since: 04/08/04
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Thanks for responding. It's latex indoor paint and the tub looks to be a fiberglass type molded tub.

RE: the septic system....I've heard of bugs or a treatment for septics that will eat away at the leaching caused by such things as paints, etc. Is this true?


02:54PM | 04/11/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
No. This in untrue. Paints and solvents kill the good 'bugs' that otherwise make your septic system work as it should.

Before trying any solvent to remove a latex paint, I would fill the tub with water and let the paint soak for several days.

This may be enough to remove the paint (in sheets) without damaging the fiberglass gel coat.
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