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    Do you use face mask doing detailing?

    How many of you guys wear face mask whether a dust mask or gas mask while detailing? To avoid inhaling harmful coating chemical or compounding/polishing dust.

    Don't you guys think its a precaution step to secure our health?

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    Re: Do you use face mask doing detailing?

    John i started to wear a mask especially when polishing as dusting can be expected. When waxing or sealing, not usually. But great question and its a quick and easy precaution.

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    Re: Do you use face mask doing detailing?

    I never used a face mask ever,since last year I started doing so only when I'm spraying silicone like wheels wells ,acidic wheel cleaners etc.coatings I will wear gloves but no mask.

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    Re: Do you use face mask doing detailing?

    Yes, absolutely. Especially when cutting.

    I've made the mistake of not wearing it during an especially heavy compounding session, and had a headache the next day, as well as a raw nasal cavity and throat.

    My girl made me take some coriander seed, and oregano oils. For whatever reason, they seems to do the trick making me feel better.

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    Re: Do you use face mask doing detailing?

    I've always woren a dust mask and or a respirator & hearing protection. Been detailing for almost 35yrs. No regrets.

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    Re: Do you use face mask doing detailing?

    I wear a dust mask when cutting and interior details that require extraction.
    Respirator is used applying coatings and using any wheel/tire cleaners
    Vinyl gloves used all the time, chemical resistant gloves used during wheel/tire cleaners.
    I seen my grandma die from COPD and that's one way I'm not checking out.

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    Re: Do you use face mask doing detailing?

    I also wear vinyl gloves & a mask, & when I'm using a spray I now wear goggles. Last summer I was doing the interior while outside, doors were open. I sprayed Meg's Natural Shine on a rag & the wind blew it into my eyes. Burned like hell & even though I quickly rinsed my eyes with a hose I still went to the E.R. where they flushed my eyes again & said there was no damage done. A sigh of relief and a warning to be extra careful when spraying chemicals.

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    Re: Do you use face mask doing detailing?

    I'll say that, even before you are feeling the effects
    of detailing/detailing chemicals, wearing a dust
    mask...even a respirator (3M)...is a "best practice"!

    Even at the hobby level:
    is your body not worth a few dollars in PPE?

    And speaking of PPE:
    Wearing the proper gloves is imperative:
    As the saying goes:
    "If it's on you, it's in you!"

    Black nitrile gloves are my favorite:
    Makes me feel like Dexter.


    Bob
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    Re: Do you use face mask doing detailing?

    I used to hate wearing one when doing anything with chemicals but 3M makes disposable dust masks now with a check valve so you can get rid of all the hot air you exhale. They aren't expensive and aren't uncomfortable so I really have no excuse. I have a contractor pack sitting on a shelf in the garage.

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    Re: Do you use face mask doing detailing?

    I bought one of each safety kits on here during Black Friday. After having a hard time breathing after doing a coating I figured it would be a good idea. Got the respirator for me, the the masks for people who may be helping me.
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