In my shop (if you want to call it that — it still needs lot of improvement) I have a true bevy of stock paint from productions before my time with the company. While it’s a no-brainer what to do when I need lumber or hardware (I simply cannibalize old scenery, creating as much resusable stock in the process as I can), the use of toxins like paint is a trickier subject.
And so I pose the question: is it better to use the old (but still usable) paint, or ditch it and invest in less toxic paints? Keep in mind, I work for a children’s theater, and so much of the scenery and many of the props will be used and handled by kids. Some of them will even help work on the props as they are created, so exposure to toxins is not out of the question.
I’m still thinking about the pros and cons on this one, so if you have thoughts, post them.