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toycrafter

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Just starting to make wood toys and puzzles for small children. My question is: are Krylon spray pints safe to use on toys and puzzles for children in an 18 month to 48 month age range?
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Hi toycrafter,
   That's a great question! All Krylon paints are non-toxic when dry. However, we wouldn't recommend painting a toy if the child that will be playing with it is teething. And for the child's safety the toy must be made with Hard Rock Maple. A softer wood could splinter when chewed.
 One of our most popular natural finishes is our Non-Toxic Beeswax Finishing Paste. You can view the video on how to make your own here: http://www.toymakingplans.com/website/how-to/non-toxic-wood-toy-finish.html.

We look forward to seeing photos of your toys!
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Great answer Cynthia
   One thing I always wondered was how do you know when a paint is fully cured or dry?
   This is what I was told when I asked the experts about painting: You can tell when a paint is fully cured or dry when you smell it and can no longer smell the paint.
   This is the reason I quit painting toys a week before I go to a craft show. If I have other toys cut but not painted they will go to the show as plain wooden toys. I like to use the plain toys on a play table for children. These toys on the play table are often demo's only and have no beeswax/mineral oil on them at all.
   I have been known to take the demo toys and cut off the wheels, then lightly sand the toy, and then paint them if I needed a toy for a customer in a hurry.
Note: When you cut the axle off the car you do not ruin the wheel, because you can easily drill out the wheel axle hole again and now you have plan wheels that are ready to paint.
   Cynthia is right about finishing the plan wooden toys that are on the table for sale with her Beeswax/Mineral Oil Paste Wax.  This gives a natural wooden toy a great look and feel.

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Hi all, I am in Australia, and I would like some information on the Krylon paints the ones I have found here say they are for plastics, are they for wood as well or are there some other krylon paints that are for wood as well, I know a stupid question but I do need to ask stupid questions sometimes
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Kangaroopaws
There are no dumb questions here.
   My Wall Mart does carry both Krylon for wood and Krylon for plastic, so I am assuming there must be a difference in the way they will react.
   Might go to your store and see if they could bring in Krylon for wood.
Also you might go to Krylon.com and poke around.  they have all kinds of information there.
You might want to ask their experts about the differences.
   Sorry I know this is not much help.
Maybe someone from down under has another spray paint they use there and would like to share.

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Kangaroopaws - All the reply posts have some great points made. If Australia is anything like CANADA the paint stores are full of paint products focused on plastic, metal, and wood, as stand alone products. Many of them cross over and satisfy a range of base materials you can paint. I guess all you can do is read the label, give them a try, one at a time and you be the judge if it is a good product for you and what you are painting, be it brush or aerosol.
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   thanks all will investigate and see what I can find
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