Prevention and removal of Fiberglass from Skin ?

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2024 10:35 am
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I been working a very large Fiberglass project lately. :knockout:

I am not as Young as I once was, Fiberglass never used to bother me too much, But now I look at the stuff and I get it all over myself just by looking at it and it sucks!. Worse I think I may be allergic to it now days. Is that possible ? Can you become sensitized by Fiberglass???? :splat:

I am using Talc Baby powder Powder on my skin before starting, I am wearing a full new fresh White suit head to toes + head sock full face mask respirator with face shield heavy gloves and a big Good size Dust collector with an operator to work hoses to collect dust from Sanders.

Today will find me out their again fighting this stuff, I will be all suited up again, Always using fresh clean new PPE meaning I am using a fresh new suit, fresh new head sock, and new gloves each day and I am still getting bit by the glass. :splat:

After I get out of PPE which I only use ONCE, I am very careful when removing it not to get it on me, I use a fresh Nylon to try to rub skin down to remove any fiberglass but still its no help. Its still getting on my Arms today I will Tape up my sleeves to my Gloves, BUT I change gloves multiple times a day this may prove difficult. :rolleyes:


Dealing with the stuff:
I Been using Very HOT and Very Cold water back and forth showers to try to get pores to open and close under open water to flush the glass out, I also use Nylon stockings on Dry skin to try to remove fibers, I am also using Calagel and Hydrocortisone to cope with the resulting Itch. ****


Anyone have any good tips ?
This is a Big project and its not going away till I get it done, I cant get out of it and its Kicking my BUTT! At the rate I am going this project may not get done in my lifetime.

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I got a wild hair and ordered a Body Waxing Kit yesterday to melt the wax pour it on my skin then rip it off in an attempt to remove the fiberglass I do not know if this will work yet and I have never heard of anyone doing this before either BUT I am getting so much on myself I see little choice but to try the stuff in an effort to relieve the Itch. BUT Bye bye Hair of any kind in the interim that wont be any fun either. I need some help I am in a bad place right now I have to finish this project and its literally killing me I think Well I am wishing I was dead any way NO FUN!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2024 5:33 pm
Feel ya pain, mate.

No solutions that I can offer except for more and/or better PPE, but it sounds like you're all over that already.

About the only consolations are that the job won't last forever and the itch will go away.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2024 7:32 am
No help here. I work with it sometimes, and just put up with the itch for a day or 2. Nothing seems to work perfectly in PPE, though a mask (absolutely necessary) , gloves and long sleeves seem to help a bit.



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Thanks Guy's
Yup I got the PPE its just not working as well as I think it should even when you have the right stuff and wear it properly its still getting through.
I am going to try some different things today to try to keep it off of me.

Then wearing all that and we are having record Hi Temps early in the year OMG! Why do I do these things to my self?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2024 9:19 pm
Dennis, if I had to guess, well, based on other people I know in various related businesses what you have developed is resin/solvent sensativity. The fibers are just a carrier for the stuff. As you get older your immune system tends to weaken and a lot of stuff that did not bother you when you were younger will actually almost "attack" you now. A friend of mines father worked for 20 years at the Columbus Coated Fabric plant near me. It started with a minor irritation with him and developed into full blown boils all over him later. He couldn't even spray a rattle can of shellac without needing to go to an emergency room.....
I think you are already doing about as much as you can other than just avoiding it completely....
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2024 10:01 pm
Agree, this could be making it worse for you, Dennis.

DarrelK wrote:As you get older your immune system tends to weaken and a lot of stuff that did not bother you when you were younger will actually almost "attack" you now


Agree with this too. Manifests most commonly with stupidity.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2024 9:03 am
Well I was out their some more yesterday b4 my Dental appointment but just doing Lay up not sanding Have a lot more to do today, Then more Sanding.

They kind of Go hand in hand Fiberglass work and Dental work.

I have found that Old Calagel clear liquid medicated anti itch GEL does help to re-leave the Itch be leave it or not, At least it is for me, Its no silver bullet but it does help a lot!
I was amazed at how it dried out and lifted a matrix of Fibers off surface of my skin in the Gelatin layer from the gel?

I am Going to be Taping down my Sleeves to my gloves from now on when sanding, This last time around thats the only way it got in under my PPE I figure.

I am just having way to much fun with this stuff. :flatten:
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2024 5:44 am
Doright wrote:Hey Guys

Anyone have any good tips ?



I stay away from the devils fibers at all costs.

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