Forum Title: Fire safety using acetone based paint
We use acetone-based paint and I want to be sure we are taking the proper precautions to avoid any kind of fire. The paint cans are clearly labeled Flammable and I expect the fumes are the greatest risk. We are careful to not open cans and pour paint in the trailer and we have a fire extinguisher with us. The striper has a piece of chain hanging from it which I presume grounds the machine. It also has a small green wire with clip that I am not sure what it is for.
Category: Paving Post By: SALLY NEWMAN (New Braunfels, TX), 01/01/2020

The green cable is to ground the machine to a fence or sign post. The chain was to remove the static from the machine but then they found out it did nothing the new machines do not have the chain. Using this paint for over fifteen years, static electricity is your biggest enemy. DO NOT use paint buckets with acetone paint. Plastic invites static. When blowing the gun back in the pail, keep the gun the gun touching the metal pail. We have hoppers on all of our machines, the plastic they are made from does not cause static. Just remember its the vapors that are flammable not the liquid itself.

- GERTRUDE SHELTON (Encinitas, CA), 01/31/2020

I am not clear on the issue with using plastic paint buckets? I would have expected more static electricity with a metal bucket.

- Lyndi (Utica, NY), 01/31/2020

Originally posted by jpanz View Post The green cable is to ground the machine to a fence or sign post. The chain was to remove the static from the machine but then they found out it did nothing the new machines do not have the chain. Using this paint for over fifteen years, static electricity is your biggest enemy. DO NOT use paint buckets with acetone paint. Plastic invites static. When blowing the gun back in the pail, keep the gun the gun touching the metal pail. We have hoppers on all of our machines, the plastic they are made from does not cause static. Just remember its the vapors that are flammable not the liquid itself. Jim is spot on, but just to clarify he means don’t use plastic paint buckets with acetone paint or clean out. Metal ones are fine, but you still need to use caution to avoid a static spark. I’ve never had a fire, but seen others that have, and the best case situations are those where an extinguisher is near. In the cases I’ve seen, guys tend to panic, so it’s prob a good idea to go over fire situations with the crew.

- ANITA MENDEZ (League City, TX), 01/31/2020

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