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Frequently asked questions about paint safety

What products are suitable for children’s furniture? At this point, I need advice on how to paint a baby’s cot, but I would be grateful for other instructions as well.

What type of paint or lacquer is suitable for finishing wooden toys?

How can I protect children’s wooden climbing frames from the elements?

Is it safe for pre-school-age children to use paint for doing “artwork”?

How should I protect stable walls, ceilings and fencing? Horses both lick and chew the dividing walls between stalls, so the products should also be safe for use with animals.

Is it possible to paint a jetty deck with a coloured wood preservative if pressure-impregnated green looks unappealing? Are wood preservatives harmful to fish?

What products should be used to protect wood and metal components in a greenhouse? Should the plants be protected or even removed for the duration of the work?

I am extremely sensitive to all odours and suffer from allergic reactions. What products can I use when redecorating my home?

I am three months pregnant. Can I help to redecorate my home?

We decided to protect our new sauna steam room walls properly with clear Valtti Color. Now we seem to have a strange odour in the steam room. Can we bathe safely?

How long will particle boards release formaldehyde for? We have a detached house built 15 years ago with internal walls made of particle board. The board next to the living room window is probably damp because it is bulging slightly. Is there any paint av

For how long do paints release various compounds after application? How long should I wait before sleeping in a freshly painted room?

How should I dispose of waste generated during painting – left over paint, empty cans, rags, cotton waste.

All liquid waste (paints, lacquers, solvents, white spirit used for cleaning tools) must be taken to a municipal hazardous waste facility for disposal. In larger communities, hazardous waste collection vehicles make regular rounds a couple of times per year. Large service stations also accept such waste material. No liquid paint products may be poured into drains or onto the ground.

Dry waste paint may be disposed of in a landfill along with other household waste. If a small amount of paint is left in the can, allow it to dry by leaving the can outdoors with the lid slightly open.

Dry or empty paint cans may be disposed of in a landfill along with other domestic waste.  Paint cans recycling is still in the experimental stage, but in the future consumers will probably be able to take empty paint cans to collection points at large grocery stores, etc., from where they will be recycled as raw material for the metal industry.

Plastic containers previously used for lacquer or latex paint may be re-used for household purposes after thorough cleansing. Never store any food or drinking water in such containers.

Porous materials, such as kitchen rolls, cotton waste or rags soaked in varnish, linseed oil, wood oil or other natural oils are highly combustible. Such materials must be soaked with water for storage before disposal, dried outdoors, or burnt immediately after use.
Dust produced by sanding alkyd lacquer surfaces may also self-ignite.

We are planning to repair my old house. How should we dispose of the waste produced when we remove the paint from the external walls and tin roof? Nobody knows exactly what products were used when the house was originally painted, but evidently several la

Your working instructions recommend treating tin roofs with a special cleaning agent before painting. Is this agent toxic if left to soak into the ground?

Can I allow paint residue to be carried away by the wind when I scrape anti-fouling paint off the bottom of my boat?

Can painted wood or wood treated with preservative agents be burnt in a sauna heater, for example?

What should I do if paint or wood preservative gets into my eyes?

What should I do if someone has swallown solvent, paint or wood preservative?