Respirator for Silica Sand Blasting and Painting
Getting ready to sand blast the rear suspension parts on my Buick and while getting the logistics sorted noticed my paint respirator is not for media blasting, especially silica sand. That put me on the quest for an all-in-one solution for a full face mask with external air supply. I think the air supply kits from most sites are way overpriced. Sooo, I'm now looking at the full face mask with the hose (reaches to belt length I believe). That is $229.00 alone. If I was going to make a living with this, no problem, I'd lay down a grand and be done but it will only be for occasional use on small jobs/parts (until spring anyway). Years ago I would've used a bandanna for quick spurts, but hopefully a little wiser now. I'm working on plans for a Blast/Spray booth, but that will have to wait for the next project whereas I need this car on the road.
Can anyone recommend a stand-alone ambient respirator for blasting and painting or options for a cheaper self contained fresh air respirator? DIY ideas welcomed. I have a blast hood, but need better respiratory protection. I know this is a touchy subject and I have no problem with scolding for safety's sake. Thanks.