fiberglass question

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berserk wolf

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do i need a respirator when i sand fiberglass? I'll be working on an Iron Man Mk VI armor and this will be my first time working with fiberglass. any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

-Regards,

Marvin
 

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shaka-zulu

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Yes, you need a respirator, latex gloves and some kind of eye protector for the fiberglass mat particles.

I had fiberglass particles in my eye before. The eye is irritated for weeks and is permanently stained red in the area.

I guess this is part of the reason many people don't like working with fiberglass.
 

hez1

New Member
It's mainly been covered, but yes. Wear a long sleeved shirt if possible, some kind of gloves, respirator and eye protection. There's only one way to find out if your skin will be irritated by the fiberglass dust, and that's to not cover up. Given how badly some people react to it, it's easier just to cover up.
 

Darth Pinhead

Active Member
I react BADLY, to the point I've considered a hazmat suit for future use, SHOULD I ever even consider it. Well, that and to freak out the neighbors by pressure washing the house while wearing it...
 

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WhiskeyBeard

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Hopefully, if you are doing this indoors you have a window. Set an old-school fan in the window blowing towards the outside. It will at least help pull some of the air out of the room and provide some ventilation. If you have two windows, set up another fan blowing into the room to keep it somewhat fresh.
 

berserk wolf

New Member
Another question guys. I can get a respirator at Home Depot right? And (I kno this is off topic) I got some fiberglass Iron Man armor and I tried on the thighs without putting gloves on. Will my skin get irritated?
 

hez1

New Member
No, it's not that bad. What irritates the skin is when you sand it, and the fiberglass gets ground up into a fine powder, which can get into the pores of your skin, and make it itch. After all, it's essentially microscopic shards of glass. Merely wearing a fiberglass piece without protection won't do anything, unless it's been badly made, or is continually rubbing against your skin.

You should be able to get a respirator from a hardware store, yes. Tell them what you're working with and they should be able to point you to the right kind.
 

berserk wolf

New Member
No, it's not that bad. What irritates the skin is when you sand it, and the fiberglass gets ground up into a fine powder, which can get into the pores of your skin, and make it itch. After all, it's essentially microscopic shards of glass. Merely wearing a fiberglass piece without protection won't do anything, unless it's been badly made, or is continually rubbing against your skin.

You should be able to get a respirator from a hardware store, yes. Tell them what you're working with and they should be able to point you to the right kind.

Thanks hez! So like when I sand the armor, I need to basically cover up my body?
 

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Cathat

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Thanks hez! So like when I sand the armor, I need to basically cover up my body?
Yeah -

Its a good idea to get

good respirator mask - nice rubber seal on it - one rated for fine particles
I Highly recommend a painters/mechanics jumpsuit/coverall -
Box of disposable rubber/latex gloves

I'll assume you've got a good ventilated space and fan (unless you can work in the open air)

Resin and fiberglass is BAD on skin - full on evil if you breath it when you sand it. Besides long tern health issues - its just a plain bugger to get off of skin.


Cathat
 

Simetradon

New Member
Hmmm... I've been looking into starting work with some fiberglass, having this information beforehand is very, very helpful. I'm extremely paranoid about getting anything in or around my eyes, to a degree that I despise eyeliner pencils.
 

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