Respirators and protective masks
Today, I will show you how to effectively protect yourself when using an airbrush or spray paints. A spray gun works on the principle of atomizing paint into the space, and therefore, the relatively large amount of molecules of paint get into the air, which you are breathing. Fumes from solvents and other toxic substances, which we use during model building, are not pleasant or healthy too.
There are several ways how to protect yourself against these harmful substances. In the following instructions I will present you the options. The most important thing, as all manufacturers of paints and adhesives advise, is to work in a well-ventilated room. This means to have either active ventilation or at least open windows. In the summer, I am using a desktop fan, which blows spray paint out of the room. This process is quite effective, but there is a risk of stirring up settled dust and it can stick to the model.
After finishing a few models, I decided to get a respirator. The common respirators are relatively inexpensive and are usually sold in large quantities, but they may not be as effective as some more expensive ones and they prevent vapors inhalation only a little.