Monday, July 21, 2014

Spray Paint Safety


Spray paint is modern convince that has vastly improved the looks and quality of life over the last half century. In 1949 Edward Seymour was credited as the inventor of spray paint by adding paint to an aerosol can. Unlike using a brush or roller the aerosol spray paint leaves a smooth and even coat of paint. It even works great for uneven surfaces and can be applied to a variety of materials including wood, metal, and plastics.

Aerosol spray paint has become extremely popular because of the low price, the ease of use, and the portability of the cans. Because of the popularity, it is easy for consumers to overlook the negative trade offs that come with this convenience. Listed below are the safety concerns that you should read before tackling that next DIY project.

Never puncture or crush a spray paint can. Spray paint works by adding a compressed gas to a can filled with paint. When the valve cap is pressed the expanding gas forces the paint out through the nozzle. You must be cautious to never puncture the can because the internal pressure will cause it to explode. Not only does this result in a huge mess but pieces of metal will fly in every direction. This shrapnel can cause serious damage to the skin or eyes of anyone nearby.  

Store spray paint in a cool location and keep away from direct sunlight. Excessive heat from a hot car, a fire, or directly sunlight can cause the gases within the can to expand. When the can gets too hot it will rupture.

Do not use spray paint near sources of heat or fire. Be sure to remove all sources of ignition in your spraying area. This includes open flames, sparks, cigarettes, and pilot lights from stoves and heaters. Spray paint is very flammable and will combust quickly and violently. 

Always use spray paint in a well-ventilated area and use a proper respirator. Always paint in well-ventilated areas. When painting in doors be certain to open doors and windows to provide air circulation. Wearing eye protection will keep irritating paint and paint fumes out of your eyes. Inhaling paint fumes will cause nose and throat irritation along with headaches, dizziness, nausea, anxiety, and depression. Prolonged exposure can even result in liver and kidney damage. A respirator mask is highly recommended and can be found at most local hardware stores. 

Keep out of the hands of children. Children under the age of 18 should not be allowed to use or play with spray paint. The risks associated with improper use of spray paint may not be understood by a child. Graffiti is another reason why people under 18 should not be allowed unsupervised access to spray paint. Graffiti is popular among teenagers and can cause extensive property damage.

By following these simple guidelines you should be able to stay safe and keep your DIY projects looking great. 

Thank you for your time and attention.  Let’s make it safe this Monday.

Brad Lindemann
Sales Coordinator, Lift’n Buddy, a Southworth Company 


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