He may not have been a geek at understanding chemicals, but he did know that he would have both angry mechs and humans, including a upset girlfriend after his skin.
By all rights, he shouldn't have even been in the lab without a technician there to supervise any and all experiments that he would do.
But what he wanted to do, meant not having anyone around to stop him in case of something like this.
Though apparently, he managed to pull antic that only Wheeljack could do and now he had to hide from everyone until things cooled down.
But really that was easier said than done, especially when there Cybertronians around.