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Old 02-09-2006, 09:41 PM
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Respirator for lead work?

I'm thinking about taking a shot at some lead work that will need to be sanded down to be shaped. I'm wondering if the regular paint respirator that I have for painting will work for keeping the lead dust away from my lungs, or if there is some other sort of protection I need.


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Old 02-10-2006, 03:47 AM
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MR... Keep in mind that lead dust will enter your body thru any way that it can. That means a good respirator of course, but also gloves, eye protection, and cover the rest of your body as much as you can. I would then strip off your clothes and immediatly wash them, when you are done, to keep the stuff from spreading in your home.

As far as the respirator goes, they do make a dust respirator, with large filters on the side, that I believe would do the job. I also use that type of respirator when doing grinding and heavy sanding of any type of filler.

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Remember others such as small children and clean your work area throughly after working with that lead..A good niosh repirator and the paper body suits hoods and booties are cheap protection..Lead is a known issue with contamination..one of the reasons it is no longer used..

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There are too many negative aspects of lead exposure to even think about messing with it. I would suggest you give up that idea.

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lead is dead !!!! and so are the men who used it. i can lead with the best of them but refuse to use the stuff anymore. too many new products out there.
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You might want to look into the new leadless body soder that the Eastwood company sells. If it was myself, I would not use real lead body soder, your health is more important.
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It is VERY important to remember that you are dealing with more than just the dust! The FUMES from heated lead will get you in short order if you are not careful so take care and use the respirator and other protection when working lead even if you are not making dust at the time. I know you will hear about the "old body man" who used lead for a zillion years and it did no harm but you would be well advised to ignore that nonsense and listen to what these guys are saying and use more modern methods. Shine said it best
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Yeah, I saw that new stuff that Eastwood sells. That may be the way to go. I'm thinking of doing something similar to what Bill Hines did with that chevy's antanae on the Monster Garage build. The scallops he did were pretty cool I thought. I just don't think you can do that with body filler.


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That guy cracked me up... burning the lead, smoking a cigar at 80+ years old.

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I'm new here but not to bodywork. I still will use lead from time to time . U will need to use a respirator and proper clothing protection during the whole process . The new lead free will be much better suited for the home DIY . As it can be sanded . Dont sand 70/30 it will contaminate everything around. All u are to do with lead is shape with a file.
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