Fact or Fiction: Spray Paint

By: Lance Looper

Fact or Fiction: Spray Paint
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About This Quiz

So you think you know a lot about spray paint, huh? OK, smartypants -- let's see if you can tell fact from fiction when it comes to aerosol paint.
Spray painting is dangerous.
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fiction
While there are some dangers if used improperly, spray paint is fairly safe if you follow the manufacturer's instructions and paint in a well-ventilated space.

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Spray Paint is only for outdoor use.
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There are several varieties designed specifically to be used indoors. These are typically low-odor and fast-drying.

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You should use a primer before spray painting any project.
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Yes! A primer is a great way to reduce surface imperfections and achieve a smooth, final look.
fiction

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You can't use spray paint to stain wood.
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fiction
Most manufacturers offer options for applying spray finish to wood.

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You can spray paint your lawn.
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In addition to using spray paint to mark sports fields, there are also paints on the market that you can spray on a dead lawn to turn it green.
fiction

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Spray paint is damaging to the environment.
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Modern spray paints use chemical and organic propellants that are safer for the environment.

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Spray paint fades faster than regular paint.
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Spray paint will last as long as traditional roll-on paint, and there are even options formulated to withstand harsh outdoor conditions.

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Spray painting is faster than using a brush or roller.
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It's not only faster, but spray paint offers coverage in hard-to-reach areas.
fiction

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Spray painting takes practice.
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It may take some time to learn just the right amount of pressure to apply and to achieve the smooth, even strokes required for the desired finish.
fiction

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Spray paint always makes a mess.
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fiction
If the surrounding area is masked to protect it from splatter and the can is held the proper distance from the object, clean-up should be a breeze.

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Spray paint doesn't store well.
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The valve in the can automatically seals itself and should prevent unused paint from drying up.

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The rattle means the can is empty.
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fiction
The rattle is caused by the pea, a small metal ball place inside the can to help mix the paint/propellant mixture.

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Spray paint can be used to get high.
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Huffing, or the intentional inhalation of aerosol compounds, can result in intoxication.
fiction

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Graffiti artists use special spray paint.
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As this art form has increased in popularity, manufacturers have started formulating supplies to cater to this group.
fiction

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All spray paint is the same.
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Spray paint comes in a variety of options designed for specific surfaces, color palettes and weather resistance.

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My color isn't available in spray paint.
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This one's probably false. Spray paint comes in virtually any color, shade or finish.

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Spray paint dries quickly.
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Spray paint dries very quickly compared to regular paint, and many brands boast curing times of less than 10 minutes.
fiction

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Spray paint was invented during WWII.
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WWII helped spur the popularity of aerosol sprays as a means of administering bug spray, but it wasn't until 1949 that Ed Seymour used it for paint.

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Spray paint is always toxic.
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Many manufacturers use non-toxic compounds in their paint formulas.

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Spray paint is ideal for any project.
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For painting large, featureless surface areas, using a brush or roller is probably most effective.

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