It’s important to use safety tips when using paint thinner. As the do it yourself season is always ongoing there are many people who will be touching up their homes; both inside and out. of particular interest over the summer months is getting that big paint job done. Maybe you’re hoping to sell your home in the fall and you want to put a new coat of paint on your exterior; maybe your family’s expecting and you want to touch up the baby’s room in shades of blue or pink. Even if it’s none of those if you’re using paint, chances are you’re using paint thinner. Consider these five simple safety tips put together with assistance from doityourself.com when delving into paint thinner.
Safety Tips: Ventilation: Perhaps one of the most important things for paint thinner users to remember is to keep the space you’re using paints and thinners in well ventilated. That is more than just blowing cold air in via air conditioning; you need to have windows and doors open and it would help to have an industrial sized fan blowing out a window or door to keep the fresh air in and the stale air out.
Safety Tips: Protective Gear: Make sure you’re wearing the right type of protective gear for paint thinner use. That is, goggles to cover your eyes, a mask to cover your face, and don’t wear your party dress in to paint; make sure the clothes you’re wearing is expendable.
Safety Tips: Acidic Combustion: It is possible for paint thinner to react with acids or acidic materials in a very hazardous way. For that reason it’s important to keep acids and thinner away from each other at all times.
Safety Tips: Safety First: When you’re not using your paint thinner, make sure to keep all lids tightly closed. It is a noxious chemical and should also never be inhaled or ingested so also wash your hands when you’ve been using paint thinner and never eat while using paint thinner. Thinner also ‘hangs out’ so don’t use paint thinner as a substitute cleaner to clean floors or tables; that’s a big no-no. Lastly, don’t smoke around paint thinner.
Safety Tips: First Aid: Make sure that if you do ingest or become otherwise ill from paint thinner, that you don’t delay in getting assistance. You’d hate to be light headed one minute and pass out the next.
Do it yourself projects are some one of the most rewarding experiences. However working with paints and paint thinners is no laughing matter. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be safe and productive in your uses of paints and paint thinner.
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