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Respirator safety while painting?

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  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: Hayward, CA
Respirator safety while painting?
Posted by MikeV on Tuesday, May 6, 2003 7:16 AM
I was just curious if you modelers wear a respirator while painting your models? I know some of you use a spray booth but even with a booth it is still possible to get some paint inhaled if the suction of the fan is not 100% effective.

Just remember that enamels like we use are the most toxic paints out there. Because of their slow drying time they are inhaled while still wet! Not good for the lungs at all. Dead [xx(]

I use a Comflo, dual-cartridge, charcoal filter respirator when I spray with enamels. What about you guys?


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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Canada / Czech Republic
Posted by upnorth on Tuesday, May 6, 2003 3:56 PM
I use a dual cartridge respirator myself.

Enamels are bad if inhaled, but so are acrylics. Acrylics are essentially plastic suspended in a liquid form, the liquid part evaporates out in the curing proccess leaving a think plastic coating.

Heard about a guy once having to have emergency surgery to remove good sized chunks of both of his lungs because they'd become so clogged and coated with plastic. Guess where it came from. Yep, acrylic spray paint without a respirator.

"Non toxic" on a label doesn't mean fool proof. I want to be around a long time to tell everyone about my plastic airforce, so the respirator is a sound investment that pays for itself easily.

Note: for some hobby applications, the cheap dustmasks don't always help, lots of things can get through them (resin fumes for example) and do you a world of hurt. Respirators, safety goggles and occaisionally latex surgical gloves can be you best friends.
  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, May 6, 2003 4:25 PM
Yep , always wear a respirator. I use one at work, I finish kitchen cabinets, and the stuff I use at home is no better for you.

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  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, May 6, 2003 4:42 PM
I use one too. Better safe than sorry...

  • Member since
    May 2003
  • From: Lewisburg , Tenn
Posted by fuzzy on Wednesday, May 7, 2003 1:53 PM
I use a respirator and gloves with all model paints and clear coats.
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