We all have tried spray painting at least once in our life when we were kids. Infact, we would try doing it whenever we had the option. Unaware of the consequences, we applied every technique and process we could think of and went on with creating our self-imagined projects. However, if you are teaching your kids how to use spray paint today, there are some important things that you need to consider. Since kids love spray painting for a variety of reasons, it is only important that we discuss how to use them safely.
Kids Health and Safety
When it comes to using spray paints with your kids, you should be thoughtful about their health. The reason is that spray paint consists of fumes that can be harmful to health. Constant exposure to these fumes can lead to unhealthy side effects. Therefore, if you are helping your kids learn how to use spray paint in a room without proper ventilation, you should totally drop the idea.
At the same time, spray booths tend to give both students and teachers as well the false idea of security. If the filters are not clean or not replaced when due or the vents are not powerful enough, your spray booth is going to be bad news. On the other hand, if you are a teacher who is teaching spray painting activities to the kids, it is better to take them outside the classroom.
Apart from avoiding the harmful fumes, your projects are going to dry quickly as well. Otherwise, not only can the students expose themselves to the toxic fumes but cause the stink to remain there for days as well. If spray painting inside the classroom is the only option, make sure that you open all the windows, etc.
Spray Paint Effectiveness
While protecting the kids from the harmful toxins is one thing, the spray paint effectiveness is another. Depending on the area where you live, your spray-painting projects might be influenced due to rain, humidity, and wind. For instance, if you happen to live in a city like Iowa, the weather will play a big role in the ability of the kids to spray paint. If it is rainy, foggy, or windy, the kids will not be able to spray paint. During the process, the kids should be made to engage in other activities until the weather is clear.
Furthermore, you should also teach or use spray paint before the winter season kicks in and it becomes too cold. Once the season arrives, you throw the spray paints away and pick them back up when the spring season arrives. The reason being that certain weather conditions make it difficult for the paint to either stick or last.
Rain is easy to understand because it will simply destroy your projects. However, cold and wind might not be that obvious. When it is windy, you can expect the spray paint to spread and stick to unwanted places. On the other hand, if the weather is too cold, the spray paint simply does not stick well.
Spray Paint Storage
The hardest part of spray painting is returning the caps on the bottles. Believe it or not, no matter how careful you are, your kids or students are going to keep losing them. This has to do with spray paint storage and etiquettes. No one should be allowed to use the spray paint disrespectfully. The reason is that if someone was to forget the spray cans behind, someone might pick them up and spray them on the school property without no one but you to be blamed at the end of the day. Therefore, you have to be super diligent about how you collect the spray cans and store them as well.
There was a time when spray painting was not considered an art, however, today it is. Whether you choose to participate with your kids or students in spray painting beautiful objects or crafts, you should always follow the rules. Plus, with a little preparation and a lot of frontloading, your kids are going to have an interesting experience.