Are paint fumes corrosive?


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.cheese.
May 1, 2008, 01:23 PM
I just installed the doors to finish my gun cabinet. It's a big heavy wooden cabinet that locks closed, and inside are metal cabinets bolted to the wooden cabinet that also lock (stack-on type). I originally built it in April of last year, but just finally got around to adding the doors.

My question is, the paint is mostly dry, but technically won't be 100% dry for another 12 hours. I've mounted them to the cabinet, but can smell fumes still.

The guns are inside the metal cabinets. I know I worry too much (but then again I've invested much of the little money I have into my guns). Those fumes aren't corrosive at all are they?

Note: this gun cabinet is only a temporary solution until I get my own house in the near future. Then I plan to buy a real gun-safe. Logistics issues (narrow stairs) prevented me from being able to get one for the moment. So I had to build this whole thing upstairs.

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.cheese.
May 1, 2008, 01:27 PM
btw - I know it's annoying that I asked this, and the other day I asked about the Vikane gas that will be used on my house in 3 days. Ironically, I finally got around to building these doors BECAUSE of the fumigation. I wanted to make sure my guns were thoroughly locked away because after exhausting my options, I've come to the conclusion that they must stay in the house during the fumigation.

scrat
May 1, 2008, 01:33 PM
well if it were me i would keep the doors open and well fanned for the next 12 hours. Same time though if its varnish its going to smell no matter what. now as for bein corrosive. no. Depends on what kind of paint used. Most varishes are petroleum based. Even the laytex based paints are laytex based. it will smell but do no harm. For piece of mind though keep it open and fan it. Now even if it dries in 12 hours. You know being in a closed container will just keep in the smell So thats why i say fan it out.

primlantah
May 1, 2008, 01:38 PM
what kind of paint is it? google the base of the paint and the term 'msds'.

really, just leave the doors open for 12 hours. got a blow dryer or a fan?

.cheese.
May 1, 2008, 01:41 PM
The paint I used was Rustoleum Hammered FInish specialty spray-paint. It was supposed to look like metal. It just looks weird though. Not necessarily that bad, but weird. I primed it and everything with latex paint.

http://www.rustoleum.com/cbgimages/products/SRHmsGrySpL.jpg

I can't tell if it's latex or oil based.

http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=29

.cheese.
May 1, 2008, 01:51 PM
Rust-Oleum Stops Rust Hammered
Product Name: Metal Finish Aerosol
Identification: 7214830, 7215830, 7218830, 7219830, 7210830, 7211830, 7212830, 7213830,
Number: 7216830, 7217830, 210849, 210880
Product Use/Class: Hammered Finish/Aerosol
Corporation Rust -Oleum
Preparer: Regulatory Department

Composition:
Acetone
Liquefied Petroleum Gas
Naphtha
Xylene
Ethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether
Ethylbenzene
Aluminum Flake
Propylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether Acetate
Stoddard Solvents
Naphtha (petroleum), heavy alkylate

So I assume it's oil based.

primlantah
May 1, 2008, 02:07 PM
Acetone
Incompatibilities:
Concentrated nitric and sulfuric acid mixtures, oxidizing materials, chloroform, alkalis, chlorine
compounds, acids, potassium t-butoxide.

pH is not applicable and compound is stable

Should be safe.

Liquefied Petroleum Gas AKA propane
Incompatibility With Other Materials: Oxidizing agents.


pH is not applicable and compound is stable

should be safe

Naphtha
Stable. Highly flammable. Incompatible with strong oxidizing agents.

should be safe


Xylene
Incompatibility With Other Materials: Oxidizing agents.

pH is not applicable and compound is stable

should be safe


Ethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether
Incompatibility With Other Materials: Oxidizing agents.

pH is not applicable and compound is stable

should be safe

Ethylbenzene
Incompatibility With Other Materials: Oxidizing agents.

pH is not applicable and compound is stable

should be safe


are we seeing a pattern here?:) IMO, if paint protects metal it shouldn't hurt it right?

.cheese.
May 1, 2008, 02:30 PM
yeah, but that would be the logical way to think about it.

Thanks. :)

mbt2001
May 1, 2008, 04:18 PM
to the brain

brickeyee
May 1, 2008, 08:28 PM
to the brain

The pigment and binder (large molecules usually) are rarely very damaging.
It is the solvents used to keep everything liquid that cause neurological damage.

Keep in mind that the warnings are based on occupational exposure, 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week.

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