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Old 19-04-2018, 11:13 PM   #1
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Default Suitable spray painting face mask

I'm looking for a suitable spray painting face mask. If possible I want to avoid the cheap disposable ones as I've used them in the past and wasn't too impressed, although that was for dust not paint particles.

Most that I've found say not for particles or spray painting. It will mainly be for modelling, but as I intend to also spray the shed and fences (not with the modelling airbrush I hasten to add ) it would be handy if it could be dual purpose.

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Old 19-04-2018, 11:18 PM   #2
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I had visions of various joke shop masks then. Not sure where you get a suitable mask. Have you tried somewhere like B&Q? How about Tool Station or a place like that?
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You need to go to an industrial safety equipment supplier. Maybe an overkill for railway modelling but not for big jobs like sheds and fences.
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Have a search on ebay or machine mart or on the internet for paint supplies they will have one.
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Have a look at the 3M 4251 specifically for spraying with solvents.
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I had seen and considered that one Steve. It seems quite good the only down side being that you can't get replacement filters for it so it's disposable. Having said that I guess the small amount I'm going to use it means it should last quite a while.

What, if anything do most people use and am I being too over cautious here
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Old 20-04-2018, 09:27 AM   #7
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Tony, the 3M was recommended to me when I resprayed my car - it worked well and was comfortable to wear. I find the ones with replaceable filters a bit heavy.
I bought 3 or 4 to do the car but didn’t use the last one but kept it in it resealable bag - I’ve used it occasionally over the last few years and it's still going strong.
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I remember some details about this from a health and safety course some years ago firstly the mask should be individually fitted as our faces are all different shapes and sizes and the main fault with masks is air entering around the sides. There are regulations in force which require maintenance and inspection of the mask and the way round this is to make them disposable. In industry they probably factor in the cost but for us it’s a problem and it means that the only choice is between a disposable mask or a full face respirator.
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Thanks again Steve that's good to know. I'll give that one a go.
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