2010 Safety Tip
read and follow the instructions on the label. You will have much better
results in terms of how the paint covers, how it looks and how long
it lasts. You will also learn how to avoid hazards, such as those posed
by flammable paints.
paints will require you to work with paint thinner. Also, you must minimize
exposure to oil-based paint vapors. Open windows and doors to let in
fresh air; a box fan in a window will help.
attention to potential sources of flame or sparks. If you are painting
in a kitchen, for example, where a gas stove has a pilot light, turn
off the gas to the oven while you are painting and while the paint dries.
you spill paint or thinner, clean it up right away.
cans of paint and thinner closed.
your skin by wearing a long-sleeve shirt and long pants; this will also
minimize the amount of skin you might have to clean with paint thinner.
solvent-resistant gloves and splash-proof goggles while cleaning brushes
and equipment; some people wear gloves while painting, as well, because
no matter how hard you try, paint ends up getting everywhere. The less
contact your skin has with paint thinner, the better.
you feel dizzy or nauseated while painting, get into fresh air immediately.
you do get solvent on your skin, wash right away with soap and water.
the instructions for how to store paint and solvents. Make sure containers
are tightly sealed. Don't store paint or solvents near furnaces and
paint away from children.
re-use empty paint cans or solvent cans.