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Old 08-28-2015, 02:19 PM   #1
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Another Stupid Question

I'm in the process of repainting my propane tanks, So I'm at Lowes picking up a can of Gloss White paint & one of the employees comes by ask if I'm finding everything alright & i say yes I'm fine , She ask what I'm working on & tell her I'm painting a couple of propane tanks & she says

"You shouldn't use Rust- Oleum because it's oil based and if the propane touches it it could cause an explosion"

Now I know about liquid Oxygen & petroleum based products causing explosions but I never heard of propane & paint, anybody else ever hear this?? ops:
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I knew about gaseous high-purity oxygen and spontaneous ka-BOOM, so I could believe it could happen with liquified oxygen too. Don't oil the screws in the oxy-fuel pressure regulators, don't grease the plastic tubes on grandma's nasal cannula for her oxygen, etc..

But propane? Or oil-based paints?? I thought oil-base meant petroleum solvent base, and the solvent evaporates away as the paint dries. Once the solvent has dried away I'd think it'd be safe for pure oxygen.. and certainly for propane. Ya gotta have oxygen to burn, and if all you have is fuel (some kind of oil) and more fuel (propane gas) there's no oxygen. Not the same as fuel (oil) inside an oxygen system where there's lots of.. oxygen, ready for combustion. Or no?
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It sounded silly to me when she said it.
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New one to me. Lemme guess...Home Depot?
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Hahaha... I think they may need to see the "Fire" triangle
Fuel, Oxygen, Ignition...
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