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#1 posted 07-01-2012 11:06 PM

If you are doing anything other than sawing/sanding, such as staining, painting, media blasting, etc.. you should get a respirator that will do a good job of filtering VOCs as well as dust particles. I do a lot of spray painting, sand blasting and work with polyester/epoxy resins, and if you have ever worked around styrene based products, then you know how bad that stuff can stink up a place! With a good respirator/filter combo, you don’t smell a thing, even when you are confined in a small working space. I’ve tried the ones that just have the pink pads (like in the link Paul gave) and while they are supposed to provide ‘organic vapor relief’, the stink still gets through (meaning that some of it is still getting through the filter). I would spend the extra $10 or so and get one that has the charcoal filters as well as the pre-filters like this:

I bought that thing over 20 years ago (maybe closer to 30!) and it’s still going strong. I have replaced the filters (~$10 for a pair + pre-filters) and straps (free using stuff found around the house) a couple of times since then. I figure over its lifetime it has cost me less than a $1 a year and has provided a lot of protection during that time. Don’t bother with the paper dust masks.. they may be alright for very light duty stuff, but as has already been pointed out, they are leaky and I would only use them if that was the only thing available (anything is better than nothing!).


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