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Forum topic by MrRon posted 06-03-2014 05:20 PM 1047 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-03-2014 05:20 PM

I had a can of spray paint sitting on the bed of my wood lathe. When I went into my shop a few days later, I found the can had leaked it’s contents under pressure all over the lathe and floor. I asked why this happened on another forum, and I was told UV radiation from fluorescent lighting could cause the cans to leak. I don’t understand that explanation and don’t have any other reasons at hand. All I know; is I now keep rattle cans well away from any place I don’t want accidentally painted.

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#1 posted 06-03-2014 06:20 PM

Someone is pulling your leg, bulbs don’t put out enough UV to deteriorate metal. The shop probably got very hot or the can was just defective.


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#2 posted 06-03-2014 06:39 PM

Twilight Zone

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#3 posted 06-03-2014 06:48 PM

Sorry to hear of your mishap and I bet the cleanup was not pleasent.I am afraid however as for an explanation I am with Clint. I wish you well brother for the future. Alistair

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#4 posted 06-03-2014 06:49 PM

That remind me of the time when my wife left a can of coke in my car which was parked in full sun.
What a mess to clean!

-- Bert

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#5 posted 06-03-2014 06:54 PM

That reminds of a time I was on a tree marking crew and one of the guys unknowingly dropped an aerosol can and then stepped on it w/ caulk boots. Thought he stepped on a rattlesnake, you should have seen him jump.

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#6 posted 06-03-2014 08:50 PM

No way in hell was the lighting responsible. The can was defective. It happens.

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#7 posted 06-03-2014 09:08 PM

So most importantly, what color is your lathe now?

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#8 posted 06-03-2014 09:17 PM

I don’t think its the lightning ; it’s impossible. You probably just overlooked that the can is defective.

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#9 posted 06-03-2014 09:31 PM

The can didn’t open or split. the leak was around the nozzle area. I lied. It wasn’t a paint can, but a can of Dykem Blue marking fluid which uses the same type of aerosol can. The lathe is now a dark blue. I can probably remove it with Dykem ink remover.

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#10 posted 06-03-2014 09:35 PM

Same reason you find the spray paint cans with paint and no propellant.

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#11 posted 06-04-2014 01:12 AM

Did you read, understand, and follow all the warnings on the label? {:o)

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#12 posted 06-04-2014 07:13 PM

The propellant didn’t leak out, it forced the Dykem blue out of the can as it sat there upright.

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#13 posted 06-04-2014 07:30 PM

Is it possible that any pressure was on the nozzle? Perhaps the can was resting on it’s side and a slight pressure allowed some dye to bleed out? Otherwise just a bad can.

Seriously, there is nothing that your fluorescents can do to that can.

-- -Dan

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#14 posted 06-04-2014 08:23 PM

I’ve had cans of lacquer weep a little from the bottom before, making a small crystal clear ball of hardened lacquer, but not one that’s sprayed everywhere. If your lights put out enough UV radiation to deteriorate a steel can, they would have melted you a long time ago.

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#15 posted 06-04-2014 08:39 PM

“The propellant didn’t leak out, it forced the Dykem blue out of the can as it sat there upright.”

Gremlins then.

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