Whilst most paints are now water-based, certain specialist paints are flammable. Many protective paints include both single-pack and multi-pack epoxies, such as polyurethanes and acrylic lacquers for automotive spray painting. These products usually have acute or chronic toxicity, corrosive and flammable hazards.
Solvents and thinners
Solvents or thinners are used with solvent-borne paints to achieve the correct application properties and are generally blends of solvents with a flammable grouping. Flammable solvents include methylated spirits and mineral turpentine.
Antifouling paints are used to treat boats and require particular care. Make sure you understand and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Storing paints and solvents
If you have paint, solvents or thinners at home, you should only store small amounts. Store them in their original containers, which should be properly labelled, and keep them closed when not in use.
Follow the directions on the label and safe use and storage practices.