Spray Painting Safety

I was working in the garage this weekend in between coats of spray painting outside.   
As I was moving back and forth between projects, I was reflecting on a few emails I have received regarding painting techniques. 

I am always happy to help a fellow DIYer out. In general, it's a light sanding, prime, and several coats of paint that gives the best finish. 


I am NEVER asked about spray painting safety.

I am concerned that many of you are wearing this for protection
This is a dust mask and does not offer any protection against harmful fumes.
I wear this when I am cutting wood or lightly sanding something.

I know I have shown you the mask I wear for spray painting, 
but I have never stressed the importance of it.



This is the exact mask I wear EACH AND EVERY TIME I spray paint. 

The warning on the side of the paint can is there for a reason.


This mask has changeable filters designed for paint fumes. I like to have extra filters on hand

You can purchase these masks in many hardware stores. The price can vary greatly, so if you buy it online (the best price) make sure you get free shipping....we can have safety and a bargain, too.

Want to know how serious I am about this.....check out the comment I left for Cathy when I saw her husband spray painting without a mask
I want everyone to be safe...and then crafty!

Decades from now we probably won't be blogging, although I might want to make changes to the Senior Center I will be frequenting.  
And hopefully we will all have our health.

Do you wear a good mask?

36 comments:

Sadie + Stella said...

Admittedly, and do not scold me, I do not use a mask :/ I guess I should be...Thanks for the tips!

Kim said...

I have never used a mask ... oh my ... I better invest! thanks for the health tip!! xo

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

oh wao! I had no idea!! I thought if I'm just outside and hold my breath a little it will be ok.....will be picking one up before my next project.

Cathy Wall said...

My hubby is a pretty conservative and safe kinda guy, but seriously, he/I had no idea!!!!! No more spray painting in this house without "the mask," I want to be able to change things up at the senior center too!!!

LiveLaughDecorate said...

Jeez. I've spray painted a LOT and have never worn a mask. I usually just wrap a scarf around my face and make sure I'm outdoors. Sigh. Lord help me, I'm ordering one today because I have a spraying marathon on my calendar.

Nancy said...

Thank you for speaking to ME. I have NEVER worn a mask for spray painting. I will get this one, and thank you for looking out for us!
xo Nancy
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Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

I wear the lame mask…..I am glad that you posted about this topic Linda. Thank you! Going to check out your mask right now.

Tiffany Leigh Interior Design said...

I've always worn just a dust mask...oopsy. Thank you for bringing this to light!

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Good advice, Linda! I myself am afraid of spray paint in general (afraid of the mess I would make!) which is why I leave the DIY up to you, my dear!

Enjoy your day!! xoxoxox

My Interior Life said...

I'm in the clueless bunch too. Thank you for bringing this issue to light. I've always done it outside and make sure I don't stand "downwind" from the fumes. I feel like a first-class idiot. Off to check out your mask now. Thanks for keeping us healthy!

charmaine said...

Guilty. I've never worn a mask before. Thank you for reminding!

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Hi, Linda - I did not know this! I thought the dust mask was sufficient :( We do not spray paint much (but have in the past). I will share this with Tom asap. Thanks so much!!!
Loi

The Pink Pagoda said...

No, never have worn a mask, and I always get a terrible headache from the fumes. Will the mask help with that?

Mimi said...

I always hear people say to spray paint in a well ventilated place which I do, but never really thought too much of the ramifications. I guess because I tend to spray very small things outdoors. Thanks for the tip.

Junell said...

Great POST!!! I wear a mask & learned about the mask when I first started volunteering for Habitat. I am curious what you were working on with the gold paint???

Danylle McLain said...

I so wish I could spray paint right now! But it's 19 degrees and snowing. I wear my mask even when I am on the front lawn for all the world to see. Safety first!

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i am the worst - i do not take ANY of the precautions u should about anything - i had to touch up my paint in my living-room this weekend - and yup, i got a nice shot of gray paint on my white leather sectional *boo*

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

I have never even thought of a mask...I always paint outside in the lawn so I never even considered it!

Chateau À Gogo said...

Thanks for the tips! I've never worn a mask....oops. - Brandy

Vicky said...

I've never worn a mask before. Thanks for saharing!
Xx Vicky

Vel Criste said...

Linda, I will be honest, I am GUILTY of NOT WEARING ANY MASK!!! I know, I know, me of all people! The thing is when I do spray painting projects I usually think it will be quick and easy, which more often than not NOT. So I end up skipping the good ol' mask. But you are absolutely right on this. I will get a mask before my next painting project! THANKS!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

You've scared me into compliance. I've never worn a mask but I will now. Thanks my friend!

Jessica said...

I'm guilty of not wearing a mask, too. I know I need one but it's just one of those purchases that keeps getting put off. I'm not spray painting much lately, but I will make getting a mask a requirement before I paint again.

Nicole Scott said...

I want to live in your senior center :)

Jessie said...

I have never spray painted anything before but I will keep this mask in mind. Thanks for the reminder, Linda!

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pam {simple details} said...

Another guilty one, I've never even thought about it with spray paint! Thanks!

Calypso In The Country said...

I barely ever spray paint but I never even thought about the difference between that and the dust one. Good tip!
-Shelley

Priscila Peters said...

I have never used spray paint. So far I've painted furniture using the traditional-old-school way, but can't wait to use spray next time. It seems easier...

Decora Adora said...

I have never used a mask ... oh my ... I better invest! thanks for the health tip!!

My Crafty Home Life said...

I am so happy everyone wants to protect themselves.

SHERRY HART said...

Well crap...I have been spray painting for 40 years with out wearing a darn thing. I always wondered where my craziness came from.....

Jane Gomez said...

Hi Linda. I echo Sherry, I've been spray painting for decades without wearing a mask and I've never had any ill effects. That's not to say that it hasn't shaved a few years off my life, I've been wearing a mask for the past six months since reading an article on it.

As for the gold spray paint in your first photo, is that a USA-exclusive brand? I've been trying to find the best plasti kote paint in the UK, the lesser of many evils, but all of our aerosol seems to gum up on coating. No matter the sanding or the priming, it's awful. I'd love a recommendation of the best brand you can find?

Thanks,

Jane.

Lisa Hamel said...

Glad I read this! When the weather cools off, I will be spraying some old picture frames. If it weren't for you, I probably wouldn't have thought to wear a mask at all!

Christine said...

It is great to see someone writing about safety! I found your post on Pinterest, and I often want to write safety tips on other people's project posts, but don't want to be Negative Nancy when others write so many nice comments.

I restore historic buildings professionally, so I often wear a respirator (for working with old windows that have lead paint or toxic fumes) and other safety gear. It is important to know that while wearing a respirator is important, it is just as important that the respirator fits properly. Great videos and more information on proper safety can be found on OSHA's website.

Keep up the safety quest!

Diana Lorenz said...

I too wear a respirator mask. Even when sanding because I never know with old furniture what is underneath or used as a product. Sometimes taking apart old furniture that had mice or rats has happened as well. I would rather be safe than sorry. Not to mention a pair of safety glasses as well, and surgical gloves.

Diana Lorenz said...

I too wear a respirator mask. Even when sanding because I never know with old furniture what is underneath or used as a product. Sometimes taking apart old furniture that had mice or rats has happened as well. I would rather be safe than sorry. Not to mention a pair of safety glasses as well, and surgical gloves.

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