When spraying any paint or primer, it is essential to protect your lungs and eyes. Almost all paints contain hazardous chemicals that can cause cancer and other health problems.
All spray-painting tasks should be accompanied by a spray paint respirator. Protect yourself from chemical vapors with a high-quality respirator spray paint mask. Pick one that fits well and feels good and be sure it’s easy to find replacement filters.
Spraying paint can be toxic, and cheap masks don’t offer much protection. The best way to avoid permanent brain damage is to use an activated carbon mask—more expensive, but worth the money.
It is always recommended to wear a respirator and not a dust mask, even if you’re only spraying paint one time for a small project.
The worst of all is spraying primer or painting with acrylic paint, especially oil-based priming, which emits a thick vapor that stays in the air for a long time after application. If you are directly exposed to the vapors, you can become ill. Even one hour of exposure to strong paint fumes can produce dizziness, confusion, headaches, and nausea. The best way to protect yourself from such harm is to wear a respirator. The respirator will filter all the harmful gases, fumes, and vapors to keep you safe. If you can smell or taste the paint through your respirator, it’s either not properly suited or you’re using the incorrect cartridge.
Remember these Respirator Safety Tips:
- Be Aware of Smells: If you notice any changes in odors or taste, or if your throat, nose, or lungs get inflamed, replace the filter.
- Breathe Easy: If your respirator becomes clogged and difficult to breathe through, you should replace it.
- Keep Dry: When respirators, especially disposable ones, get wet, they lose their effectiveness.
- Replace the filters according to the package’s instructions.
- Disposable respirators are not intended to be used more than once.
- If a respirator or filter canister is unclean or broken, it should be destroyed. If the rubber seals on your respirator are damaged, you should replace them.
- Always store active charcoal in a sealed airtight pack to keep the charcoal fresh. Make sure you replace the charcoal regularly to keep it active.
More than 20 million U.S. workers are exposed to substances that can cause airway diseases. Millions more do-it-yourselfers are unknowingly exposed. Don’t be one of them, buy a good respirator today!