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Forum topic by William posted 07-06-2011 11:10 PM 2075 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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#1 posted 07-06-2011 11:26 PM

They can be a pain, especially on a hot day, but I can relate, its much better to breather later that day than to feel horrible because of breathing fumes and particles.

I too was spraying this morning an it was already getting close to 100, boy did I seat in that thing today, but now I breathe clear.

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#2 posted 07-06-2011 11:34 PM

It’s been my mantra for about the last six months: just wear the darned thing … almost all shop time.

My sinuses are garbage. Why risk it ? And my 3M 7500 is darned comfortable. No real excuse.

Heal up quickly :-)

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 07-07-2011 02:17 AM

With over 10 years painting in the military that it must be worn. Almost all safety issues are given due to them happening to more than one person. That is why they post warnings, precautions and safety alerts.

And also due to my lung condition DO NOT forget to ware them in wood dusty conditions.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#4 posted 07-07-2011 04:11 PM

dont forget to wear the proper cartridges. Black bands mean organic vapor, purple or magenta are p100’s for particulates. the carbon in organic vapor cartridges have a life span. for finishing i would wear a ov/p100 stack.

i do hazmat for a living. you would be surprised how many people dont realize that color on the cartridges mean something

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#5 posted 07-07-2011 07:46 PM

The only time I wear respirators are for sanding only. For finishing, I love the smell of it.

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#6 posted 07-10-2011 02:50 AM

I finally have a fully functioning voice again today. The last couple of days it has come and gone. At times it sounded almost like I was going through puberty all over again my voice was changing so much.
I completed my latest project today. As I was about to put away my respirator like I always do on a shelf on the back wall, I thought about it. Instead, I screwed a hook into the side of my paint rack so I could hang it there. Now it’s right there with the paint so that even when my mind is elsewhere, when I go to get paint, I’ll see it and not forget the experience of the last few days.


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#7 posted 07-10-2011 06:06 AM

About 6 years ago or so I decided to wear a respirator when spraying “harmless” run of the mill red spray paint. Seeing the red coloration of the prefilter convinced me to always wear a respirator when spraying anything.

I try not to take too many chances these days.

Anyways, I’m glad that you’re feeling better! Your experience reminded me that it’s time for me to pick up a new/extra respirator faceplate. I’m going to give the 7500 a try, been using the 3M 6000 for a while.


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#8 posted 07-10-2011 09:57 AM

You, did not ! Wear your respirator !!!!! :)

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#9 posted 07-11-2011 01:50 AM

Bad news, it’s good to see you are recovering. Take the respirator requirement seriously folks- if you had been painting a car with diisocyanate, you’d be dead, now. Some finishes are that bad. Though I do love the smell of spray lacquer, I’ll have to get my protective gear, now that I’m getting older.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#10 posted 07-11-2011 02:18 AM

i wear them all the time as well as ear protection but I dont wear it often enough. I do A LOT of sanding which is my most common time due to the fine dust.

-- M.K.

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#11 posted 07-11-2011 02:19 AM


-- M.K.

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#12 posted 07-11-2011 03:10 AM

Ha ha ha, Mark! My name is Steve, too! :) But just because I spray lacquer doesn’t mean I’m huffing it, either. I just don’t inhale while I’m finishing that whole bookcase…

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#13 posted 07-11-2011 04:33 AM

I will be sure to wear mine from now on.
As for the huffing, I also am always sure to wear it when shellacing. I don’t know what it is about shellac. I guess it’s the alcohol in it. If I don’t wear protection while using shellac, I get that whoozy, light headed sensation.


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#14 posted 07-11-2011 05:08 AM

Local High School shop teacher was working some iron wood almost a year ago. He is still suffering. It settled in his lungs. I do not know if he was wearing a filter/respirator and it failed or what but he is in bad shape.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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