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Old 12-04-2013, 11:47 PM   #1
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I went to open a gallon of previously used latex paint(last opened about 2 months ago) in a finished furnished room and as soon as I cracked the lid it blew off in my face and all over the room.

I've never experienced this before and I was the one who put the lid on last. I've always used the same method - rubber mallet around the radius of the lid until it's nice and snug. Never had paint blow in my face before in 10 years. I did notice the paint looked bubbly.

Any idea why this would happen? LOL

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Old 12-04-2013, 11:59 PM   #2
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Heat comes to mind. If the can got hot in the sun or something, that can cause it to build up pressure. Especially if you shook it up.

Sounds like a mess.

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Old 12-05-2013, 12:35 AM   #3
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No heat that I know of. It's been stored with the rest of my cans in a shelf away from any direct heat source and the last time I used it was at room temp.

Luckily my body took most of the splatter and since it's latex the rest cleaned up with.... effort, and lots of it.
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like spontaneous combustion of humans- rare/strange event, no explanation. LOL
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Some contaminate may have caused it to ferment---I've seen mold growing on bad paint----It might be possible that a yeast got to growing---
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We did try to add some glitter(wife of course) which didn't turn out as expected. Wonder if that caused a weird reaction?
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Same thing happened to me with a can of sorghum molasses, blew the lid across the room with a big puff of blue smoke. It had fermented, that is the first thing that popped in my mine about your paint.

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