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Old 01-26-2002, 05:11 AM   #1
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I have become sensitive to solvents and have discovered that air filters can help a lot. I would love some feedback on how other "sensitive" artists deal with health issues in the studio.
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Old 02-14-2002, 12:18 AM   #2
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I've been using HEPA air filters for years but still got sick...I just posted the following on toxic materials:
http://forum.portraitartist.com/show...=1966#post1966
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Old 07-24-2003, 05:52 AM   #3
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I just wanted to relate my own experiences with Liquin to Karin, Elizabeth and other artists who use or used the product.

I paint using underpainting and glazing, and when it comes time to glaze I can count on the accompanying nausea, headache, dizziness, irritability and general feeling that I'm acquiring some ghastly nervous system disorder. If there's a large area to be glazed, like a shirt or the entire background of a painting, then I usually get my affairs in order, making any last minute changes to my will and the like before I proceed.

I made an important observation though after my last major reaction to the medium. The symptoms seem greatest when the product is several months old. There must be some chemical change that takes place as the product ages, heightening its toxicity. (And not because I don't shake it thoroughly before each use.) When I'm working with a recently opened bottle, the symptoms are hardly recognizable.

So nowadays, I buy the small size Liquin and discard the half-empty bottle before it has a chance to change its viscosity and color.

Changing technique or materials is not really an option for me. I'm looking into a better ventilation system, but the Dutch are very picky about what can be installed outside one's window.

Well, time for some fresh air.

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Old 11-12-2003, 07:15 PM   #4
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Scott,

If you are that sensitive to your materials, and find them essential to your art, have you considered wearing a respirator mask and barrier gloves when glazing? I have used them at work, and while they may are not totally comfortable, it is better than cutting short your career (not to mention your life!)
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Old 11-13-2003, 07:26 AM   #5
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Dear Chuck:

I just bought a 3M 7500 respirator mask. What an improvement in my appearance! Thanks for the kick in the pants--you probably saved my neck.

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