|Review by Vrtigo1||posted 10-27-2011 12:41 AM||3640 views||2 times favorited||30 comments|
I recently purchased an HVLP system and wanted to buy a respirator to go with it to avoid inhaling the atomized overspray. I went with the 3M 7500 because Marc (The Wood Whisperer) did a segment on his podcast about respirators in which he recommended it.
I purchased the bare respirator with no filters, then added a set of the P100 filters. The resiprator is quite lightweight and isn’t a nuisance to have on your face, which I think is important because is your safety gear is a hassle to use, you won’t use it. I wear glasses and was initially worried that the respirator would interfere with them where it covers my nose, but thankfully it does not.
As far as the filtration, it seems to be good but I don’t really have any way to quantitatively measure this, and since this is the only respirator I’ve used, I don’t have anything to compare it against. However, I will say that before when I used to cut MDF, I felt like I needed to hold my breath to avoid breathing in all the fine dust , now I can breathe normally and the dust doesn’t bother me. The straps are a little itchier than I’d like, I think they could’ve used a different material to make it more comfortable for long term use, and that’s primarily why I’m only giving it four stars.
As far as breathing with the respirator on, I do notice that it takes more effort to breathe, and I have to breathe a bit deeper to feel like I’m getting enough air, but again coming back to the fact that I have no point of comparison, I would imagine that this is probably the same with any respirator.