What is Aerosol Paint All About?
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First, let’s go over the basics. Aerosol paint, you call it “spray paint”, is any paint that comes in a sealed, pressurized container that is released in an aerosol spray when a valve button (that small plastic cap on top) is pressed down. The great thing about aerosol paint is that it has the ability to leave a smooth, even coat, unlike rolling or brushing on paint.
Quick and Handy Aerosol Paint Facts
Spray Paint Ingredients – Common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in spray paints include Acetone, Xylene, and Toluene.
Shelf Life – Spray paint cans tend to have a shelf life of 2 to 3 years from production date.
Aerosol Paint (or Spray Paint) Safety Tips
When using spray paint, there are some things you will want to keep in mind. Some common sense, some not so much.
- Keep the aerosol paint can away from direct heat and away from fire. That’s how explosions happen.
- Keep the work area ventilated with open windows or doors if possible, but at least a fan to push or suck the errant aerosolized paint particles away from you, and subsequently, your lungs.
- Keep it clean. Make sure the spray paint goes on your project, not on you.
Yes, There are Some Risks Associated with Aerosol Paint
With anything, there are upsides and downsides. The upside of aerosol paint being the smooth finish on your project and the short amount of time it took to complete. The downside is that some mild health risks and short-term side effects have been reported while using spray paint that include:
- eye, nose, and/or throat irritation
- loss of coordination
Of course, you may not experience any side effects from spray paint, but we needed to mention this in the spirit of full disclosure before we do business. With that said, please connect with us if you need custom aerosol paint matching today!