Good Idea/Bad Idea: Use Spray Paint To...

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Good Idea, Bad Idea

Chris Philpot

Protect Animals (Good Idea)

In Finland, reindeer herders are spraying antlers with a reflective paint to make the animals more visible to nighttime traffic. You can do the same for pets. Albedo 100's washable "Horses and Pets" blend is safe and effective on short-haired animals. In daylight, it appears as a semitransparent gray. On a clear night, it can reflect a vehicle's headlights from more than 500 feet. Cut a stencil from cardboard and use it to apply fun patterns, such as stars or paw prints, to your pet's fur. Or, if your pets are skittish, skip the stencil and tag collars and leashes instead.

Cremate Creepy-Crawlies (Bad Idea)

The propellants in a can of spray paint are often highly flammable. Just ask the Seattle man who tried to torch a spider using a lighter and spray paint in July. He set his house on fire and caused $60,000 in damage. No word on whether the spider survived.

WARNING: Follow Albedo 100's safety instructions: Only use it in well-ventilated areas, and avoid Fido's face.

This article was originally published in the November 2014 issue of Popular Science.*