Powder paint damage: myths and reality
Powder paint has become more and more popular in many areas. Variety of products is painted with it. The coating is smooth and quality, without any defects. But not everyone likes powder paint. Some says about its danger to man.
You can hear about the health damage from powder paint, the fact that the powder contains dangerous substances, and it is absolutely impossible to use.
Damage from powder paint
There are several myths about the toxicity of powder paint that have nothing to do with reality:
Powder paints contain resinous which may be hazardous to health. This is not quite true. Most solid resins are not considered to be harmful to humans. Some may even come in contact with food.
Among the components of paints are toxic fillers and pigments. Indeed, powder paint toxicity is determined by these substances. But not all of them are dangerous. There are absolutely safe, there are relatively safe and dangerous. But most paint manufacturers have abandoned the use of components that harm humans, including quartz, lead and chromium pigments. The presence of a relatively safe substance in the powder composition must be indicated on the packaging. All other additives are absolutely safe.
The powder is harmful because it can settle on the lungs. Indeed powder can do this. But to work with powder paints, you must wear protective clothing, and in particular a respirator. In addition, it is necessary to paint in a special spray chamber equipped with a fan. In this way, the painter is completely protected from the possible ingress of powder into the lungs.
Paint irritates eyes, skin and is a mutagen. This is not true at all. Powder paint, the environmental friendliness of which confirms the corresponding certificate, even in the case of high concentration does not irritate the eyes, skin and is not a mutagen. Protective clothing should be worn to avoid direct contact of paint on the body. Even getting on the skin, the powder is not dangerous, but can cause irritation when rubbed.
Working with powder paints is dangerous – they can form an explosive mixture. Just like other organic materials, fine powder can be explosive. But, as a rule, this happens only if the technology of work with paint is not observed and in there is an ignition source.
During baking in the polymerization furnace, volatile decomposition by-products can be formed. In this case, the most important thing is the working hood of the furnance. If you do not use the highest quality paints, then the oven will remove all possible harmful secretions. But if you only use eco-label powder paint, then there is nothing to fear. It does not emit anything dangerous.
Quality paint is also absolutely not harmful to the environment. We recommend you to use only paint that has been ecologically certified. And do not forget to check the integrity of the equipment used for the application of paint. This way the painters will be fully protected during operation. And nothing dangerous will happen when painting them.