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As someone who has been doing a fair amount of work on the bottom of his boat, one thing I highly recommend that you get is a full-face dustmask/respirator, like this one pictured below. It doesn't fog up as much as goggles and a half-face mask, and it keeps the grit and gunk out of your eyes much better.

You probably won't need to have a bunny suit, unless you're allergic to the bottom paint, since it generally isn't as bad as fiberglass is. The bunny suits are hot and sticky. Earplugs are highly advised as well... keeps the crap out of your ears and has the benefit of protecting your hearing.

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Hey Stan,
Good to hear from you, and thanks for the advice. The problem is finding a yard that will let me do it myself. If I can find one, I definitely will. One question for you: Did you have to wear a suit during your prep work, or was the orbital with the vacuum sufficient?
I wear a suit and cheap mask most of the time for sanding and just the suit for painting - a real 'respirator' type mask should be worn for sanding.... one of these days all my lack of precautions will catch up to me In our area most require a vacuum and some require a protective drop cloth.
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I wish I had a full face-mask respirator like SD's - would be a big improvement on using eye protectors which always seem to fog up. I do use a 3M dual cartridge respirator though - have been for over 10 years of bottom painting and home shop work.



Many years prior to that though, I only used standard nose/mouth paper filters. Who knows what nasties became imbedded in my lungs and chemicals ingested into my blood system? It might explain my sometimes erratic behavoir.
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I wish I had a full face-mask respirator like SD's - would be a big improvement on using eye protectors which always seem to fog up. I do use a 3M dual cartridge respirator though - have been for over 10 years of bottom painting and home shop work.
I got tired of having the goggles fog up over and over again...and having grit get in through the tiny vent holes in the goggles. They even make disposable shields, that go over the visor part of the mask, so that if you get paint or epoxy on the eye protection section, you don't have to pitch the mask—just peel the shield off and put a new one one.

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Many years prior to that though, I only used standard nose/mouth paper filters. Who knows what nasties became imbedded in my lungs and chemicals ingested into my blood system? It might explain my sometimes erratic behavoir.
Nope, that just when you're off your meds...
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I think I'll skip the mask and respirator so that I can blame my behavior on the inhalation of 20 coats of ablative paint. It might get me off the hook for some of the inappropriately lude comments I made about TB's dog...
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Nope, that just when you're off your meds...
That reminds me . . . need to call my supplier for a refill before I run out again.

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Where'd you pick up that full-face mask/respirator?
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You can get them at most home improvement stores. I think I got mine at Home Despot... or Lowe's. You can also get them from JamesTown Distributors. They also make a hell of a good start on a decent Halloween costume. JTD is a bit cheaper than Home Despot currently, but I got mine on sale for abit less than either.
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