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Jim Budde
07-10-2001, 08:06 AM
Probably a dumb question, but is there any way to prevent the itching associated with sanding fiberglass other than long sleeves and long pants?

Am repairing a friends small day sailer. Wear a good mask and face cover, but here in the heartlands, summer temps and humidity can push 100 and 80% respectively making coveralls almost unbearable ... any suggestions?

07-10-2001, 08:26 AM
Ah, it seldom lasts more than a day....


07-10-2001, 09:07 AM
Use "baby diaper rash skin cream"---it keep the crap out(no pun intended) and if some does get to the skin it helps to heal it up fast! Really http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/cool.gif It's made to stop itch twices as fast as the other leading brand---sounds like commercial---no?

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07-10-2001, 09:30 AM
Uhhhhh.........why are you working with Fi%&$#Gl@#$ any how???????We don't use that stuff here.

Stephen Hutchins
07-10-2001, 09:36 AM
If it's a small enough area, you could wet-sand it.

Mike Vogdes
07-10-2001, 09:47 AM
I've had pretty good results with a big 42" fan setup to blow the dust downwind. Also throw away tyvec suits are very efective, although they can be hot in the weather your describing. I know I would rather put up with swet than itch.

07-10-2001, 10:48 AM
I'm sure you're just building a new potty, or a battery box and not attempting to infiltrate the pure and honest world of wooden boats http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/wink.gif So here are my fglass tips.

Tyvek suits work really well. Once I'm done I take a piece of duct tape and stick it to my skin around the writst and neck, when you pull it off it will pull the glass fibers (and the hair) out. Finally if you do get a good dose, try taking a cold shower and give yourself a good scrubbing, followed by a hot shower and another scrubbing

Ed Harrow
07-10-2001, 11:02 AM
Never having stooped so low as to sand fiberglass, LOL, how about the use of a vacuum cleaner.

When sanding I have vac attached to sander and nary a speck of dust seems to escape. Not only that, but the paper lasts, and lasts, and lasts...

07-10-2001, 11:32 AM
If the reason you don't want to wear long clothing is the heat, pick up some of the disposable white coverealls.

Work great!

07-10-2001, 01:13 PM
Jim Get yourself one of rhose plastic pot scrubbers. Load it up with soap when your in the shower and use it on your arms. Really scrubs out those glass fibers.
Oh yeah- Don't ever put your fiberglass loaded work clothes in with SWMBO's wash. Lost one that way. http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/wink.gif

Gary Bergman
07-10-2001, 03:43 PM
Mebbee Heroin?

07-10-2001, 10:13 PM
What kind of sander are you using? For most standard type sanders, you may be able to find a dust shroud that will hook up to your shop vac. These are flexible plastic shrouds that clamp to your sander and then connect to the vac.

I used one helping a friend a few years ago. It captured 90% of the dust. Can't remember the brand name though. I don't think they were very expensive.

Once saw a boatyard worker stuff a blowing shop vac hose into his tyvek suit to keep cool. He inflated like a balloon but kept working on a hot day. Havn't tried it myself.

Barrier creme on wrist, hands and neck before you start seems to help.

I concur that water, the colder the better is best for washing after exposure.

07-11-2001, 04:22 AM
Protective lotions help but I have found that avoiding sweat helps most. Try to stay cool and take a cold shower imediately after finishing. DO NOT use any hot water. The goose bumps seem to squeeze out the glass.

07-11-2001, 07:11 AM
A swim in cold salty water is a great cure for glass itching. I always presumed that it was because it closes your pores.

07-11-2001, 12:31 PM

07-11-2001, 02:23 PM
Before scrubbing, slather on some cheap hair conditioner to the dry skin that may have been exposed to the glass dust.

Follow with the cold/hot shower route to avoid the itchies. http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/smile.gif Don't know why, but it works.


Ron Williamson
07-11-2001, 08:42 PM
The solution is the same as for seasickness and fear of heights.
DON'T THINK ABOUT IT!Just stay out of the dust stream and shower as normal when you're done.
Have fun

07-14-2001, 03:22 AM
Crisco!! Slather on lots of crisco alllllll over..... wherever that F*#@!js dust might get. http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/biggrin.gif

Mike Field
07-14-2001, 07:00 AM
Hey, Scratch, just run that one past me again will you? You lost a wife just by washing your work clothes? Hhmmm....

07-14-2001, 08:46 AM
Crisco can be fun.... http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/wink.gif

But even for effective would be PVA glue, white glue. Paint in on, let it dry and peal it off. It might take a little hair but it should also pull out the glass spicules. Hey! It works for those little cactus spines.


07-14-2001, 12:05 PM
Originally posted by Mike Field:
Hey, Scratch, just run that one past me again will you? You lost a wife just by washing your work clothes? Hhmmm....

Put 'em in with her scanties.[or she did]
May be other reasons for the eventual break up but some how I like that one best.
Mike, I make my living fixing plastic boats.
Ya gotta figure the old work pants get pretty loaded with ground glass. So...if they get put in with m'ladies underthings all that ground glass don't always get washed out. I imagine one could spend an uncomfortable day at work. http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/rolleyes.gif

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07-14-2001, 01:12 PM
What does SWMBO stand for?? http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/redface.gif

07-14-2001, 01:38 PM
Originally posted by pkcwhitney:
What does SWMBO stand for?? http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/redface.gif

"She Who Must Be Obeyed"

07-15-2001, 06:50 AM
Originally posted by scratch:
"She Who Must Be Obeyed"

Taken from BBC's TV Show 'Rumpole at the Baily'..

Someone else in here posted a more appropriate one:

"She Who Married Boat Owner" http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/smile.gif

Mike Field
07-15-2001, 07:05 AM
Thanks for that explanation, Scratch. That's a story to dine out on. (I've filed it away as a future tactical plan, too.....)