|Forum topic by live4ever||posted 06-03-2010 10:37 PM||1206 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
06-03-2010 10:37 PM
The first finishing I ever did was spray. I learned to spray before I learned to wipe-on or brush on.
Anyways, that led to me always using water-based finishes as I didn’t have a safe space to spray solvent. As I’ve gotten more into woodworking and making smaller things like boxes, I have started to use finishes like Danish Oil.
I understand how to safely (I think) dispose of rags – I lay them flat, let them dry out, then dispose.
What I am concerned about is the ability of some of these solvent-based finishes to spontaneously ignite/explode. I do my woodworking in the garage, which is where the water heater lives. Technically that is an open flame. Should I be concerned about vapors igniting if I am just wiping small amounts of finish? I am very careful about closing the finish container. Usually I am wiping on finish about 15 feet from the water heater.
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