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Epoxy Fumes in the Evening

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Long day of glassing in new knees for my chain plates in paradise. Pleasant evening in the cockpit, but the smell of curing epoxy below has driven me to sleep with the mosquitos. Hopefully a little quinine will prevent any ill effects from those nasty critters.
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Epoxy... Fumes?
hmmmm we did lots and lots of poxy when buiding strip canoes .. the smell was never that bad imho, even pleasant to me ... but that's me .. I spray linseed oil behind my ears when I go to the opera....
humor Jerry.. humor! I love everything about boats. especially wooden boats, varnish, all the oils etc.
Curing epoxy fumes are dangerous, as is epoxy sanding dust - wear a good respirator with a carbon filter.
Health Effects from Overexposure to Epoxy
Respiratory Irritation
Breathing highly concentrated epoxy vapor can irritate the respiratory system and cause sensitization. At room temperature, epoxy vapors are unlikely to be highly concentrated. However, if you are already sensitized to epoxy, exposure to low concentrations of epoxy vapors can trigger an allergic reaction. At warmer temperatures and in unventilated spaces, the epoxy vapor levels increase.

Never breathe the sanding dust of partially cured epoxy. Epoxy chemicals remain reactive until they have cured. Serious health problems can result from sanding epoxy before it is fully cured. When you inhale these dust particles, they become trapped in the mucus lining of your respiratory system. The reactive material can cause severe respiratory irritation and/or respiratory allergies.

WEST SYSTEM fillers present few hazards by themselves. However, breathing any nuisance dust will worsen existing respiratory problems. Smokers and others whose lungs are under strain are far more likely to develop serious respiratory problems.
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