Spray Paint Was Inspired By Insect Spray

Spray paint is probably the fastest and most convenient way to paint. There's no additional supplies needed beyond the can, usually no mess, and it dries very quickly. It's a relatively new invention too. It all began in 1949 when a man named Ed Seymour was looking for a way to to quickly paint radiators. His wife recommended taking inspiration from insect spray, and the rest is history. Get the whole story in the video below.

The History Of Spray Paint

It all began with a guy named Ed, and an innovative suggestion from his wife.

A Handy Spray Paint Hack

Here's what you need to do to prevent your spray nozzle from clogging.

Why are Barns Traditionally Painted Red?

Not just because red is pretty. There are a few logical reasons for this.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Certain early American settlers considered painting the outside of a house an act of immodesty and extravagance. For this reason, farmers didn't see the point in making their barns look pretty, so they left them unpainted. 00:32

  2. At first, the only wood-preservation method farmers used was to place their barn in a location they thought would be protected from the elements. Over the years, farmers began experimenting with other methods, one of which included painting the wood with linseed oil strengthened with milk and lime or turpentine, which turned it a burnt-orange color. The mold-inhibiting addition of iron oxide turned the concoction anything from burnt orange to a dark red-brown. 01:07

  3. When mass-produced paint became available in the late 1800s, farmers generally stuck with the red color since it was often the cheapest. That isn't true today, but most barns are still painted red in a simple nod to tradition. 02:44

Written by Curiosity Staff October 28, 2016

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