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Re: Valspar hardner

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Rod (NH)

11-22-2013 17:07:26

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A supplied-air respirator is the only way to safely spray modern paints using hardeners. Some individuals may have a higher tolerance for the adverse effects of isocyanates in hardeners than others. Not everyone is the same though and like you, I learned the hard way many years ago that a cheap mask, even a charcoal one, was NOT sufficient. Painting outside is not a solution either. I have always done all my painting outside. Not long ago I repainted the moldboard of my Fisher snowplow - also outside. Because of the curvature of the moldboard, I was totally enveloped in overspray being redirected directly into my face. I could barely see where the paint was actually being applied, only 2 or 3 feet away. My full-face supplied-air respirator protected not only my lungs but my eyes also.

Unless someone is required by employment rules, using a supplied-air respirator when spraying paint with hardeners on a DIY basis is a personal choice, as it should be. No, the equipment is not cheap, but it's always best to minimize a real risk to your own safety and good health. Using hardeners is, for the most part, optional for enamels except for the urethanes. My advice to anyone contemplating using hardeners in paint is to get the proper supplied-air equipment or simply don't use optional hardeners (or urethanes, which require such additives).

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Formerly PaMike

11-24-2013 07:52:59

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 Re: Valspar hardner in reply to Rod (NH), 11-22-2013 17:07:26  
I bought a full face supplied air system after painting for several years without one. I dont know why I didnt do it sooner. Yeah, it costs some bucks, BUT I can actaully sleep at night after painting. The chemicals used to make me have trouble sleeping for a few days. Plus, when I am on the ground under a tractor you dont have all the over spray falling in your eyes. Plus, the air blowing on your face keeps you cool and refreshed....

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David G

11-24-2013 08:45:12

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 Re: Valspar hardner in reply to Formerly PaMike, 11-24-2013 07:52:59  
That is what I have, love it.

I have 50' of hose. It is important to keep the blower in the fresh air. I had it too close once and suffered for that.

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