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Spray Paint Safety Tips

Krylon® makes using spray paint safe and easy. Prior to starting your spray paint project, read the safety tips provided on the label of every Krylon can, and take into consideration these five additional safety tips:

  1. Stay out of heat and away from fire.
    Make sure to keep away from heat, sparks and open flame. Don’t smoke. Extinguish all flames, pilot lights and heaters. Turn off stoves, electric tools and appliances, and any other sources of ignition.
  2. Keep aerosol away from heat sources, too.
    Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or heat from radiators, stoves, hot water and other hot items that may cause bursting. Additionally, for best finish, avoid using Krylon spray paint directly in hot, humid weather.
  3. Leave the spray paint can whole.
    Do not puncture, incinerate or burn aerosol cans. Do not discard cans in a trash compactor. But do recycle them when empty.
  4. Ventilate.
    Vapors are harmful; avoid continuous breathing of spray mist by spraying outside whenever possible. When spraying inside, open windows and doors to ensure fresh air entry during application and drying. Wearing respiratory protection is also helpful – most hardware stores sell a variety of painting masks.
  5. Keep spray paint on your project, not on you.
    Avoid contact with your eyes and skin. Wear gloves or wash your hands after using.
  6. Take the following precautions when painting lighting and electrical fixtures:
    Read and follow all lighting/fixture manufacturer stated safety precautions.
    Ensure corded lamps are unplugged from electricity.
    Inspect electrical cords for any damage that could come into contact with unwanted paint or overspray.
    Do NOT paint wiring.
    Do NOT paint light bulbs.
    Do NOT paint damaged cords which may have exposed wiring.
    Do NOT paint parts of fixtures that get excessively hot, unless using a High Heat paint specified for that purpose.
  7. Take the following precautions when painting objects in contact with open flame (candle holders, fire pits, etc.)
    Do NOT paint in the vicinity of an open flame.
    Do NOT paint any surface that will be in contact with an open flame, especially the insides.
    Do NOT leave open flames unattended in any situation.
    If using High Heat paint, read back of product label to ensure expected heat is within the recommended temperature ranges of the paint.

Still have questions about spray paint safety tips? Contact Krylon at 1.800.4KRYLON or through the Krylon Contact Us Form.