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  1. RPF Premium Member Nils's Avatar
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    May 16, 2009, 8:21 AM - How harmful is resin? #1

    For example when you is sanding it?
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    May 16, 2009, 8:51 AM - Re: How harmful is resin? #2

    Wear a mask.
    It's not a Cobra, but you shouldn't breathe it. A search on the Internet will give you all the tech info you need.
    Laffo.
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    May 16, 2009, 9:17 AM - Re: How harmful is resin? #3

    You should not breath it in PERIOD !!!

    There are fumes when its still a liquid
    and dust when you sand it.

    Wear a mask
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    May 16, 2009, 12:56 PM - Re: How harmful is resin? #4

    Bah.... thats what nose hairs are for....it'll put hair on your chest


    Kidding of course...what the other guys said for sure...real nasty stuff to breath in...vapor or sanding dust.
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    May 16, 2009, 1:17 PM - Re: How harmful is resin? #5

    less harmful that polyester. But always take care and wear a mask and gloves!!!

    DL 44 Blaster. Had to laugh out loud of your comment :-)
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    May 16, 2009, 2:51 PM - Re: How harmful is resin? #6

    Hopefully not too bad, considering the amount of it that's probably in my lungs. Seriously, wear a mask. I didn't think about stuff like that when I was younger. I would air brush in a room with no mask back then and have whatever color I was using coming out my nose for the next day or so. Can't believe I did stuff like that back then.
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    May 16, 2009, 3:14 PM - Re: How harmful is resin? #7

    try not to drink it.. unless you want a resin casting of poop.

    If you inhaled some - it's not the end of the world. You're not going to die, chances are you're not going to get cancer 30 years down the road. But if you're doing a lot of it over a consistant amount of time - do what everyone has said above... wear a mask.
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    May 16, 2009, 3:25 PM - Re: How harmful is resin? #8

    I guess I missed something here, what resin are you guys using????Urethane? the resin I've used for years is not toxic or vapor harmful, nor does it have an odor... you could eat it but it would break your teeth off, so I wouldn't recommend it for eating, now if some of you are cheaping out on the resins using that hi gasoline petroleum content stuff, that would definitly cause a bad odor and be vapor harmful. Vegabond comes to mind..nasty brown cheap resin, usually get alot of leeching with that stuff, and man it stinks if you sand it.
    Cheers,
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    May 16, 2009, 3:40 PM - Re: How harmful is resin? #9

    Thanks guys,
    Im not making any kits on my own from resin, Im just wondering as Im currently working on a Neisen TIE and Im using my belt sander alot.
    What about the resin dust that eventually drops on the floor and the bench, is it really necessary to clean that up just in order to be in the same room without a mask?
    Sorry for all this corny questions...
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    May 16, 2009, 3:43 PM - Re: How harmful is resin? #10

    Even the stuff that seems odorless and non-toxic can be harmful. Epoxy, which most think is harmless, can also be harmful. Some resins are just toxic (like polyester) and will cause damage right away. Others may cause problems from exposure over time.

    No one knows for sure (or will equivocally state) exact what might happen to you as that would be cause all sorts of marketing and liability issues.

    Don't let any resin touch your skin while it's still uncured (i.e. in liquid form). Not only are fumes harmful (whether you can smell them or not) but you can get skin irritation, possible poisoning, or develop a reaction over time, through contact with your skin. Always wear some sort of protective gloves when working with it. This includes when sanding to keep the dust off your skin.

    You should not breathe fumes emitted by curing polyurethane or epoxy resins even if you can't smell anything. You can develop a sensitivity over time, which means everything could be fine but then one day you will have a nasty reaction. Once that happens, you won't be able to go near the stuff again.

    Never breathe dust generated by sanding any resin. Always wear at least a dust mask, though I now wear a NIOSH-approved respirator whenever I am working with potentially harmful compounds (including resin, epoxy, CA, solvents, paints, and sanding dust).

    I was also guilty of working with stuff without protection in years past. There is no way to know for sure what the potential long term health effects can be. For sure, a lot of what we modelers use can cause cancer. Some chemicals can also cause BRAIN DAMAGE. That's not worth taking a chance, so better safe than sorry.

    Now, what were we talking about again? LOL
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    May 16, 2009, 4:00 PM - Re: How harmful is resin? #11

    Everything said above is correct,


    also dont forget the Catalyst, thats a big one too. The MEKP is very dangerous to handle too. always wear gloves and eye protection, this stuff can blind you if you get some in your eyes.


    Al
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    May 16, 2009, 4:35 PM - Re: How harmful is resin? #12

    And keep it out of your hair, that's all I can say.
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    May 16, 2009, 4:42 PM - Re: How harmful is resin? #13

    ROFLMAO!! Good one, Richard!
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    May 16, 2009, 4:44 PM - Re: How harmful is resin? #14

    Whatever you do don't bath in it!!!
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    May 16, 2009, 4:47 PM - Re: How harmful is resin? #15

    sskunky said: View Post
    Whatever you do don't bath in it!!!



    Could of used that info a week ago
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    May 16, 2009, 4:48 PM - Re: How harmful is resin? #16

    IED BOUNTY HUNT said: View Post
    Could of used that info a week ago
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    May 16, 2009, 5:14 PM - Re: How harmful is resin? #17

    As stated, glove up,wear a mask,and "ventilate" the area if you are laying up fiberglass and resin.The resin is just as smelly.Just because you can't smell it,resin(be it pollyester or epoxy),both are very toxic.
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    May 16, 2009, 5:16 PM - Re: How harmful is resin? #18

    cough, cough, hack . . .there's nothing . . . .cough, cough . . . . harmful with breathing the . . . hack, hack, cough . . . .stuff. Don't be . . . .cough, hack cough . . . paranoid!!



    Will
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    May 16, 2009, 11:33 PM - Re: How harmful is resin? #19

    wait wait wait...DONT drink it?........Dammit

    ave4uevoli said: View Post
    try not to drink it.. unless you want a resin casting of poop.
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    May 17, 2009, 11:32 AM - Re: How harmful is resin? #20

    Oh no...you can drink it.It tastes great.I like my polyester shots with about 5 drops of catylist.It gives a nice "warming" as it goes down and cures. J.K
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    May 17, 2009, 1:53 PM - Re: How harmful is resin? #21

    Whoa, I guess I'll just build everything out of all original parts.

    Good info. Also, don't drip uncured resin on the crotch of your workpants or they will look like man-stains forever.
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    May 17, 2009, 9:33 PM - Re: How harmful is resin? #22

    OK newb alert, I have purchased some resin castings that smell like gasoline. Is that polyester, or is gas used as a release agent? It seemed to wash off just fine, and the casting didn't have a noticable odor afterward.

    Just wondering,
    -DM
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    May 17, 2009, 9:43 PM - Re: How harmful is resin? #23

    Just a thought...WD-40 or a similar release agent can smell like gasoline.
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    May 17, 2009, 10:14 PM - Re: How harmful is resin? #24

    Scott Graham said: View Post
    Just a thought...WD-40 or a similar release agent can smell like gasoline.
    I am pretty sure it wasn't WD-40. I was wondering if gas was an old industry secret. I'll stop now with my paranoia.

    -DM
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    May 17, 2009, 10:31 PM - Re: How harmful is resin? #25

    Every resin casting business owner I've know has retired due to severe lung illnesses. Granted, they're in the vapors all day, everyday for years on end, but it's still obviously not safe stuff. For a casual modeler, or even someone who casts on the side for extra cash, it's not going to kill you or even really harm you. Still, you should always wear a mask and eye protection and play it safe.

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