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PPG products should always be used by trained professionals, using proper equipment under controlled conditions. PPG products should only be used in applications in which the product has been designed for. Our products are not intended for sale to the general public and should never be used on household items such as toys or furniture.

safeguarding flammable materials

PPG refinish products contain volatile solvents, and are often flammable. Therefore it is extremely important that work areas be properly designed for use and storage of flammable liquids and that NO SMOKING be permitted. Proper fire extinguishers and other fire extinguishing systems should be readily available when handling any flammable liquids.

Be sure to check that your facility is designed in accordance with the guidelines set by the National Fire Protection Association and that it meets all applicable federal, state and local fire codes. In areas where flammable liquids are handled, make sure to use explosion-proof equipment that meets codes set by the National Fire Protection Association.

safeguards to follow:
  • The quantity of flammable liquids stored in the spraying area should not exceed what is required for one day's use.
  • Paint and solvent products should be kept away from all sources of ignition including heat, sparks, flame, motors, burners, heaters, pilot lights and welding.
  • Static electricity generated by liquid transfer must be prevented by proper bonding and grounding of solvent containers.
  • Paint- or solvent-soaked rags should be replaced frequently.
use spray equipment safely

Spray equipment can be hazardous if used improperly. Spraying with airless or electrostatic methods can cause static electricity and create a fire hazard. So be sure that careful grounding and bonding practices are observed. Refinishers should be aware that the high pressures of airless spraying can inject coating into the skin and may cause serious injury requiring immediate medical treatment.

safety in the spray booth:
  • Be sure the filtration system is clean at all times
  • Check frequently to see that exhaust system is operating at peak efficiency, at a rate up to the manufacturer's specifications
  • Be sure your spray booth is up to local codes and OSHA standards regarding electrical equipment and air velocity
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