Hello there resin artists!
When working with resin, wearing the proper respirator mask is the only way to protect yourself from the fumes produced during the resin mixing process.
Even if you are working with a "non-toxic" resin, there are still vapors (odorless or not) that you want to keep out of your lungs. Safety first!
Let's talk about the proper respirator mask for resin and which mask is best for working with resin.
There are many respirator masks to choose from when working with resin, but finding one that checks all of the safety and comfort boxes can be difficult. We are going to tell you what exactly you need to look for when purchasing the proper respirator mask when you are working with resin.
The best respirator mask for resin will be a full-face respirator as opposed to a half-face respirator because it covers your whole face including your eyes so a full face mask gives you added value in eye protection. Some people choose to go with the half-face respirator for resin and wear goggles with it for their eye protection, and many of those people end up upgrading to the full face respirator. But it is also a matter of preference.
A big consideration when looking for the best respirator mask for resin is comfort. You are going to want a mask that feels comfortable on your face and one that is adjustable to the size of your head. Having an adjustable respirator mask is very important as you will want it to have the proper seal for safety and feel good at the same time!
Here is the most important point. How do you know if you have the proper respirator mask when working with epoxy resin? A quality respirator mask will have an N95 or N95 equivalent rating which means that it will block 95% of small particles. A small particle means somewhere around the size of 0.3 microns.
To put this into perspective, the cross-section of an average human hair is between 50-75 microns, and a human red blood cell is 5 microns. So 0.3 microns is microscopic protection for your lungs from the proper resin respirator mask.
The filters on a proper respirator mask for resin will be able to filter organic gasses and organic vapors. Organic vapors are typically liquids that evaporate quickly and become vapors such as paint solvent, varnish, and resin. If your mask does not have organic vapor filters, it won't protect you from resin fumes.
Whether you are making resin jewelry, geodes, tumblers, doing countertops, river tables, resin cutting boards, resin coasters or just creating beautiful resin art, you will need the proper respirator face mask to protect yourself. We believe the best respirator mask when working with resin, is the PD-100 Respirator from Parcil Distribution. Continue reading to see why it is our top choice.
This respirator mask has filters that are rated N95 equivalent and they filter gasses and organic vapors. This safety mask also ticks off the boxes for comfort (as best a full face mask respirator can!) as it has a 'flex-fit' head harness, which means it stays in position once you adjust it to your head. It is silicone-based around the nasal area, so it is as comfortable as it can be. It also has 5 very easy to adjust straps which can be tightened with just one pull.
The PD-100 mask from Parcil is a one-size-fits all mask due to its adjustable harness. It also has an anti-fog face lens, so don't worry about your breath fogging up the inside visor!
This respirator is a lightweight mask and has high-density elastic straps to make sure the mask actually stays in the place you set it at. No constant adjusting while you are creating your resin art. Simply put it on, adjust it, and forget about it.
And to make sure you get the proper mask and not a knock off, I recommend purchasing it directly from the company, especially since it comes with a 1-year factory warranty.
We hope you found this article useful and informative. Nothing is more important than safety when working with chemicals and vapors, and we hope you armed yourself with knowledge and are ready to continue or start creating beautiful resin art safely.
If you would like to learn more about working with resin safety, check out our full resin safety article right here. You are welcome to share this article with friends and online resin groups, and be sure to Pin this article to your resin Pinterest board. We would appreciate that!
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