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Side Effects Of Inhaling Spray Paint: Spotlight On Safety

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Inhaling paint fumes isn’t the greatest idea at the best of times, but even more so when using spray paint. There are numerous side effects of inhaling spray paint that can range from small irritations, to major respiratory issues. How is this so?

Well almost all spray paints, meant for professional use, contain what are known as VOCs – Volatile Organic Compounds.

VOCs are emitted as gases when certain spray paints and other similar products are used. This contains a variety of chemicals that may have unfavourable health effects, depending on your level of competence and protection.

It’s not just spray paint that contains VOCs either! Paint strippers, certain adhesives and other types of paint contain these compounds too, as the following article reveals…

 

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): The Lowdown

The chemical composition of VOCs makes it possible for them to evaporate; especially in normal atmospheric conditions. It’s important to note at this stage that VOCs aren’t actually all that toxic, in most typical samples.

Instead of short-term poisoning, these compounds cause long-term health effects, especially after over-exposure. This makes proper research into the side effects of inhaling spray paint difficult, as concentrations are typically low, and effects take a while to develop.

So if you think about it, it’s almost like having to spend every weekend at that aunt or uncle’s house you really don’t like. The first few weekends are fine, right?

But over time, slowly but surely, your hyper little spoilt brat cousins are going to grind and wear you down! By weekend 16, you may start to think VOCs are more appealing.

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Irritation to the eyes, skin, nose and throat. Vomiting, nausea and abdominal pain are common with over-exposure. Dizziness, drowsiness and in-coordination are short-term symptoms too

Three Common Types of VOC Symptoms

Health Hazard No.1: Acetone Symptoms

Headaches and/or dizziness. Irritation to the eyes, nose and throat. Dermatitis is also a common symptom of Acetone exposure.

Health Hazard No.2: Xylene Symptoms

Irritation to the eyes, skin, nose and throat. Vomiting, nausea and abdominal pain are common with over-exposure. Dizziness, drowsiness and in-coordination are short-term symptoms too.

Health Hazard No.3: Toluene Symptoms

Irritation to the eyes and nose are all symptoms related to Toluene. This can also cause anxiety, muscle fatigue, insomnia, liver failure and kidney damage.

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At home, the chances are you will not have the same level of safety equipment, or the right training to use it. This isn’t a product you’d use as part of a typical DIY decoration job

Side Effects Of Inhaling Spray Paint: Additional Causes For Concern

Of course, the extent of the side effects of inhaling spray paint will depend on the situation, the conditions and level of exposure. There’s also safety equipment and training to consider. If you are qualified to work with spray paint, and take all of the safety measures necessary; you should be fine.

You have to consider how much of the chemical is present in the space, how often you may come into contact with it and how harmful the actual VOCs are. An individual’s sensitivity will also change from person to person.

Reported Side Effects of Inhaling Spray Paint

  • Itchy or burning eyes
  • Nose & throat irritation
  • Skin irritation
  • Nausea, headaches & dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Hallucinations, lack of coordination & delusions

Moral Of The Story? Take Spray Foam Safety Seriously

In some cases, the use of spray paint is mandatory, or certainly the most suitable. Take cars and other vehicles as an example. Spray painting is the perfect method for colouring products such as this.

However, this is a professional example, where the process is completed within controlled and safe environments.

At home, the chances are you will not have the same level of safety equipment, or the right training to use it. This isn’t a product you’d use as part of a typical DIY decoration job.

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This innovative, unique wall coating has been created using the latest technology. Application is easy too, as you simply paint or spray the cream onto your brickwork

Protect Your Property With External Wall Paint

If you’re thinking of your exterior, maybe its time to consider an alternative to outdated paints, and choose a more modern, more effective product instead: external wall insulation.

By adding external wall insulation to your property, you can reduce heat loss from your home in the colder months, and increase heat gain during the warmer months as well.

We all want to reduce our carbon footprint and save money by reducing our energy bills. So you shoulder seriously consider external wall insulation over just a new makeover for your property!

A Modern Product That Can Do Both!

Wait! What if we told you that there is a product that can do both? Yes, that’s right, a product that can give your property the facelift it needs, whilst also protecting it for years to come! Plus there are none of the unwanted side effects of inhaling spray paint.

Home Logic Wall Paint is the only option when it comes to making your home look good and protecting it from the elements.

This innovative, unique wall coating has been created using the latest technology. Application is easy too, as you simply paint or spray the cream onto your brickwork.

Our team of experienced installation specialists have all the right training and safety equipment to execute the task professionally. In doing do, we will provide your home with a protective layer that sinks up to 17mm deep into the wall.

By preventing up to 95% of water absorption, your brickwork can remain thermally efficient all year round. Your property can still breathe, but water will just bounce right off!

That’s just a small pinch of the total benefits offered by Home Logic Wall Coatings-for further info, or additional advice, give us a call on 0800 1700 636, or, alternatively, click the button below to talk to our team direct!