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Unread 02-04-2013, 09:14 PM   #1
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Rustoleum Spray painting without a mask

I've used rustoleum spray paint on various projects over the past few years, like painting metal brackets, bumpers etc. Most times the painting project is small and only takes a couple cans so I decide to open the doors in the garage and spray quickly without a mask, exposure <30 mins. What exactly is the harmful substance in rustoleum spray paint and will short exposures realistically do any long term harm?

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Unread 02-05-2013, 11:26 AM   #2
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I've used rustoleum spray paint on various projects over the past few years, like painting metal brackets, bumpers etc. Most times the painting project is small and only takes a couple cans so I decide to open the doors in the garage and spray quickly without a mask, exposure <30 mins. What exactly is the harmful substance in rustoleum spray paint and will short exposures realistically do any long term harm?
It's probably just harmful enough that you won't know what it is that gave you lung cancer 20 years from now. Just Sayin
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NONE if you are healthy. A headache if you thinned it with acetone.
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I was reading the warning label on the back of the rustoleum can which says it contains xylene and acetone. I find it interesting on the label the manufacturer does not require a mask be worn. They suggest you spray where there is adequate ventilation, but they say you only need to wear a mask if you start to feel dizzy. It must not be too dangerous as long as you are not overexposed.

Lung cancer is one thing but I'd more than likely get it from all the metal dust inhaled from a career in welding/fabrication, or from all the second hand smoke created by the j***a** sitting next to me at rodeos. I just wanted to make sure short uses of spray paint without a mask wont make you automatically end up with nervous system problems or anything like becoming sterile.

I'll where a respirator when I have one ready. Problem is they make them like sh**. I have always had problems with the 3m respirators from lowes. The plastic covers that hold the paper filters on the canisters are poorly designed and always pop off rendering itself useless.
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