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Old 11-30-2006, 08:45 PM
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Bondo Headaches

I must be sensitive to the smell of bondo. I now get a screaming headache with one good whiff of an open can. I wear my new SAS supplied fresh air respriator when applying bondo, and when sanding it. So, other than a pain to drag around a hose, and listen to the air, it's much better for my noggin. Anyone else have this problem? Are ISO's present in bondo?

PS. I've been using evercoat RAGE lately.

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No iso's in bondo. Not saying you aren't sensitive to some component in it such as polyester resin or peroxide or something. Everyone is affected by chemicals in different ways. I could practically swim in bondo without it bothering me. I've often come home covered head to toe in all metal dust at an old job I had. In fact me and another worker brought home some left over chicken from the boss, and both ate it. My coworker asked if I thought it tasted like bondo. I said no, why. He said he didn't notice anything either, but his girlfriend had some and said it did. Epoxy primer does bother me though and I will feel a little sick and get a headache if not wearing a respirator with new cartridges and have good ventilation.
If it is bothering you, I don't know what to suggest other then keep good ventilation, cover up, and wear your mask.
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It is possible to develope sensitivity to certain chemicals. Some people are more prone to it than others. When I was building radio control airplanes the CA adhesive gave me fits. I had been using it for yaers with no problem.

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"I've often come home covered head to toe in all metal dust at an old job I had. In fact me and another worker brought home some left over chicken from the boss, and both ate it. My coworker asked if I thought it tasted like bondo. I said no, why. He said he didn't notice anything either, but his girlfriend had some and said it did. "



Oh My! I will think of this every time I eat KFC.

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doesnt affect me, although its good practice to apply it in well ventilated area. Do not stand over it and smell in vapors as its drying. Don't sniff dust either.
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I used to work in a foundry pattern shop where we used bondo daily, after a few months I began to itch like crazy on my wrists, went to the doctors and they couldn't tell me what was wrong. Then I got a new job in a medical lab, plenty of chemicals but no bondo. The itch went away and I realized finally what the cause had been. The Bondo had never affected me before but when exposed daily I developed a reaction that comes back anytime I touch the mixture. Now I wear gloves everytime I am near the stuff.
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Bondo has a bunch of styrene.
You can get sensitized to it over time.
It will give you a nasty headache.

http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/styrene.html

Be glad you don't work with epoxy
http://www.fram.nl/workshop/controll...on/allergy.htm
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