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post #11 of 29 Old 03-23-2009
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About $120 for the full face mask... well worth every penny though IMHO. Far more comfortable than goggles and a half mask, since the googles let more dust in and fog up to boot.

If used properly, with a tyvek hooded bunny suit, you don't have a whole lot of clean up to do...

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I personally try NOT to think, as it usually pulls my pea sized brain muscle.

But if I had to choose, the mask would be first, not sure about vasoline on my face or not, but there are some gels you can put on your hands if doing auto work that will keep motor oils or equal from getting into you skin really bad, so I would imagine that there is some similar products you could do to protect your face, and make the scrapings and sanding particles come off easier. Whether vasoline is the best product or not......I'll let someone else think about that one!!!

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Just to answer your question though, yes the vaseline will help create a barrier against you and the dust layer. Experiment with hand cleaners to see what dissolves it the best before you help again. good when painting too for those nasty oversprays.

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There is a product called clear skin that puts a thin coating wherever you apply it. Non greasy
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you really want to use that vaseline for some bottom stripping with your buddy sway, don't you? Where do you really want to stick your head with all that vaseline?
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Fiberglas stripper, $50.
NIOSHA respirator, $40.
tjk working down wind with the sander, priceless!

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It's very interesting how things differ from country to country.

I can't think of a single hard-stand anywhere in New Zealand (or South Africa for that matter) where they would allow you to dry-sand a boat. If you did, they would insist that the boat be completely enclosed in a structure of some sort or that your sanding machines are fitted with strong vacuum extractors.

Every vessel that gets sanded here (NZ) is wet-sanded, the run-off is trapped by temporary dams and the dust swept up when dry. Run-off that makes it past the dam is washed into drains that are located around the complete perimeter of the hard-stand and flushed through filtration systems before going into the drainage systems.

Maybe that's why the water off the US is so beautifully torquoise.


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The last full face respirator I bought was around $200. A fiberglass guy I know uses a hood with a clear shield you look through, and it has a hose that attaches to it that supplies fresh, clean air so you have positive pressure inside that keeps all the dust out. I don't know the brand or the cost, but that is what I am using next time the bottom needs sanding, and a tyvek suit of course. I'll see if I can find something like it and post a link.

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$800 for the hood and air line and electric pump. A little spendy for something that isn't going to be used all the time, but if 3-4 people split it, you are down to the cost of a full faced respirator and you don't have to buy cartridges and a lot more comfortable, and you don't get that toxic dust all over you.

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Omatako- I don't know about other parts of the US, but any sanding of bottom paint here (PNW) has to be done in an enclosed area with a tarp underneath so all dust can be picked up and properly disposed of. If you are not in a building you must build a tent around the hull with tarp underneath. Pressure washing the hull is the same as NZ, all run off is sent through a filtration system. Sorry to ruin your US bashing, but the US has some of the most stringent environmental laws in the world.

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