Avoid Dangers In Spray Painting

Wearing safety equipment is one way to avoid the dangers of spray painting.

Spray painting is a quick way to add an attractive finish to objects both large and small. This form of painting can have some dangerous effects on your skin, eyes and respiratory system, which is why you must take precautions before beginning any spray-painting project. You can ensure your safety during the process with pre-planning and some inexpensive safety equipment.


1. Put on safety goggles to protect your eyes from any stray paint droplets. The aerosol pressure that sprays the paint projects thousands of droplets of paint out of a hole no bigger than a needle point. These droplets commonly spray outward, which is why protecting your eyes (and eye sight) from errant spray is crucial.

2. Wear rubber gloves while preparing to paint as well as when painting. Rubber gloves will keep your hands clean and protect them from irritation caused by any cleaning products used and paint exposure.

3. Wear a face mask any time you are working with spray paint. As stated in step 1, thousands of airborne paint droplets spew forth through a tiny hole in the spray paint can. The droplets fly in all different directions. Breathing in the paint or the fumes can cause breathing problems, throat irritation and dizziness, all of which can be avoided simply by wearing a mask.

4. Hold the spray paint can away from your body, and make sure the tip is pointed outward before spraying. Never spray back toward your body or toward another person.

5. Work in a well-ventilated area to prevent respiratory problems and dizziness. If you’re painting indoors, open all of the windows in the room.