Dangers Of Lacquers

Dangers Of Lacquers

Lacquers are a type of paint that is often used for finishing furniture, interior trim, and cabinets. They are available in a variety of colors and finishes, and they can be sprayed with an HVLP or airless sprayer to create a smooth, even coating.


However, lacquers can also be dangerous if they are not used properly and the dangers is why I no longer use lacquers but have transitioned to using water based 2K poly coatings.


Here are some of the dangers of lacquers:


Inhalation of fumes: The fumes from lacquers can cause a variety of health problems, including headaches, dizziness, and respiratory problems. In severe cases, the fumes can cause death.


Skin irritation: The skin can be irritated by contact with lacquers. This can cause redness, itching, and blisters. In severe cases, the skin can be burned.


Fire hazard and explosion: This is the primary reason why I no longer use lacquers. Lacquers are highly flammable and with enough concentration can explode.  if they come into contact with a heat source, static, and even electric current.


Environmental damage: lacquers can pollute the air and water, and they can also harm wildlife. This can have a negative impact on the environment.


If you are using lacquers, it is important to take precautions to protect yourself from the dangers. 


My short story.  A student came to my Paint Life Cabinet Academy.  Later on his employees were coating an interior log cabin with lacquer sanding sealer in the winter.  A lack of proper ventilation and the flipping of a light switch ignited an explosion with major consequences including an employee suffering burns to 40% of his body and the cabin burning to the ground.  


Lacquers are dangerous and should be avoid if possible.


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