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Resin Dust
Posted by lcb248 on Monday, January 02, 2017 7:46 PM

Hey everyone,

Does the smell/dust from sanding resin parts give anyone else a headache? Or am I just weird? And no, you're not allowed to ask my better-half!!

LCB

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, January 02, 2017 8:17 PM

It'll also give you serious and permanent lung problems. Always wear a mask.

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Posted by lcb248 on Monday, January 02, 2017 9:51 PM

Thanks GM!

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  • From: hamburg michigan
Posted by fermis on Tuesday, January 03, 2017 12:31 PM

If I know there's going to be a fair amount of dust, I go outside. Some dust, go to the paint booth, vented outside. It's bad stuff.

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Posted by Revenant on Tuesday, January 03, 2017 2:04 PM

DO NOT BREATHE RESIN DUST>>>JUST SAY "NO"...

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Posted by lcb248 on Tuesday, January 03, 2017 3:19 PM

Thanks for the info guys! I only work with it occasionally when adding accessories to my vehicles. I just hadn't thought about it! Will certainly use a mask from now on!

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  • From: The Redwood Empire
Posted by Aaronw on Saturday, January 07, 2017 1:33 AM

There are a lot of myths about resin dust, most making it out to be worse than it is.

Resin dust is inert, there is nothing particularly bad about it.

 

That said all dust is bad to breathe, wood, resin, plastic etc. If you are making a lot of dust definately protect your lungs, and control the dust to the best of your ability then clean up well afterwards.

I primarily use hand tools with resin, sanding by hand or using a small razor saw etc so I don't create clouds of dust. I will typically work over a small trash can or other surface that will allow me to collect the dust for disposal.

 

Edited to add, that as with many substances, there are people who react more strongly to resin than others, so do keep track of your reactions particularly if they seem to be getting more severe.

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, January 07, 2017 12:20 PM

A headache is a commonly reported effect.

Asbestos is also an inert substance, although there's a big difference in severity here.

its up to the individual modeler.

Do your pets a favor and control the dust.

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, January 07, 2017 3:20 PM

" G "

    The reason for the headaches ? Lack of ability to eject the stuff from lung tissue . If it doesn't trigger coughing that makes it as bad as talcum powder .  Yup , even the stuff used on babies shouldn't be inhaled . This means the airborne cloud of course .

 Not good for you or the baby ! After all it is another refined dry product with chemicals and odoring chemicals added .    Old Grampa T.B.

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Posted by lcb248 on Saturday, January 07, 2017 10:07 PM

Tanker - Builder

    The reason for the headaches ? Lack of ability to eject the stuff from lung tissue .  

Not this time. I get a headache as soon as I pull it out of the bag it's stored in. I just don't like the smell. Maybe I'm allergic somehow to the chemical that gives off the odor. From now on, I'll wear a dust mask and have my ceiling fan on low to distribute the smell (but not blow around the dust too much).

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Posted by Weird-Oh on Saturday, January 07, 2017 10:37 PM
A few years ago I bought a Rhedosaurus model at Wonderfest that I didn't realize was a recast. It was the one and only faux kit I ever bought. When I started grinding away the mold extensions on the feet, I was enveloped in a big cloud of stinky, petroleum-scented dust that I'm sure took several years off my life. But I was young and stupid. My advice would be to sand or grind outdoors, as someone else suggested, AND to wear an air filter mask. Take it from us doomed people.
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Posted by RockyD on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 2:18 AM

my motto is breathing anything other then air is usually a bad idea, I always wear at least a partical mask

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Posted by gerics on Thursday, January 12, 2017 3:47 AM

When I sand resin, I try to wet sand to keep down the dust. When I saw resin, I use a dust mask and I also have a small shop dust collector that I set up beside me.

Gerald

 

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Posted by Jon_a_its on Thursday, January 12, 2017 4:50 AM

Use an OLFA or Tamiya P-cutter instead of a razor saw, produces 'threads' of swarf instead of dust.

WET SAND whenever possible, a small plant mister/squirty-thing will help keep dust down, and/or use a particle mask.

Just remember that the dust is still in the air for a while after you finish, so  if you got a spray booth for extraction, use it, especially if you use power sanders.

 

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  • From: Raleigh NC USA
Posted by BobsYourUncle on Friday, January 20, 2017 11:12 AM

Actually OSHA and other governing agencies have determined Resin Dust to be significantly hazerdous. It is NOT inert, over time in the lungs it releases several chemicals which will lead to respiratory issues. These are not myths, do the research, you do a disservice to suggest it is anything less than dangerous. I do agree that breathing any dust is harmful but Resin dust is a significant hazard. 

Cheers,

 

Robert

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