I hate being itchy all the time.

Discussion in 'Fiberglass and Composite Boat Building' started by Frosty, Mar 10, 2007.

  1. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member

    Under those conditions I would be using a hose pipe too.

    I was refering to situations that need a reshape or grinding back, cutting out etc etc.

    I worked in Aus for a while on my boat before it was shipped --one day the temp dropped, and it rained -- I just clammed up I had to go back to the hotel.
  2. SamSam
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    I don't think the brush thing is helping. The best solution is to somehow get someone else to do it.
    Also, grinding and cutting aren't always required. A hammer and chisel or axe sometimes works without creating much dust. Sam
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    duct tape!
  4. Ari
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    Ari Patience s/o Genius

    Itchy man cure.

    Heh..heh..heh..sorry Jack..can't help it..I mean the 'itchy' :D part but I do really know on how to get rid of the fibre dust or carbon. For first line of protection a proper Personal Protective Equipment(PPE) is a disposable coverall made by Tyvek,safety boot,sock,glove,goggles with dust canister, safety helmet etc.ect. These will prevent dust from settling on your skin - covered part of your body. Please use shower cap at least to cover your hair. I prefer to use home made shawl like those used by muslim ladies, cover my neck right until the shoulder. If you use Tyvek disposable coverall it come with head cover/hood.

    Now on how to remove the dust from your skin.

    1 kilogram of Wheat flour.
    1 cup of water.
    Mixing bowl.

    1.Mix one cup of flour with a little bit of water at one times and mix it properly until it turn to one lump or stick of flour(doh).You can bake it and make bread if you like.
    2.Take the doh and run it over the itchy area. Just roll it , there is no need to plaster your self with the doh but if thats what needed..go ahead.
    3.Make sure the used doh are dispose of properly, all the dust are embedded in the doh now.

    Try it. All my 'insulation team' workers used this method.Maybe plasticin can be used to substitute the flour. I had never used plasticin before but it may work.:cool:
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    Jack Frost,

    This worked for me last summer. Strangely enough, we had it quite warm in the UK, so I constructed a ducted cooling suit from a set of disposable overalls and PVC rubbish bags with the bottoms slit and taped together to create a long tube, which was taped to the cold outlet of a portable air conditioner. Bizarre as it seems, this worked very well. The disposable suit inflated and the surplus air leaked out through the weave of the cloth. I was after comfort, but with a little ingenuity and a full face mask, the sanding dust should be kept well away from the body and face. As for how I looked, well I certainly frightened the ladies and stampeded a number of horses.:D :D :D :D

    I don't think this could work in colder weather as heat would melt the plastic tube.

  6. Alan M.
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    Alan M. Senior Member

    apply barrier cream before work, shower with a pumice stone after. I also think you get used to the itch after a few months....
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    Keep surface being ground constantly wet;Grind in small bursts to allow any 'dust' to settle. Wear gloves, mask, goggles and a large condom.
    Shower in cold water, soft soap and scrub with nail brush.
    But before beginning coat your arms, hands and any exposed area with 'Rozalex' or similar industrial barrier cream.
    Or simply build with timber - nature's own way....:rolleyes:
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    Bergalia, then Jack would be complaining about splinters.

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    Bergalia Senior Member

    I hate being itchy

    I suppose you're right Poida. Perhaps he should try building with Plasticine. Or might it be a problem with his personal hygiene... :)
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    Try not to grind!

    I believe the best way to avoid grinding dust and the resulting itch is to do just as little grinding as possible. There is a time between when you finish your layup to the point when the glass gets completely hard that it can be cut with a razor knife or surform. If you "clean up" your work at this stage you can avoid a lot of grinding. I worked as a moldmaker in a production glass shop and I remember we had guys we called "grinder monkeys" who worked all day long out on a black asphalt parking lot grinding fiberglass. These guys would be covered head to toe with grinding dust, you couldn't tell what color their clothes were, I felt really bad for families who had to deal with a washing machine, car, or bed that's just ate up with glass dust, but these guys seemed to take it in stride. Makes me itch just to think about it. regards rusty
  11. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member

    Well I am itchy right now( scratch -scratch). I got one on my foot and I drew blood scratching it, at least it dont itch now.

    Any way I found that a bottle of washing up liquid and a yard brush ( the type your mum used to scrub the steps with) does the trick.

    But its not for whimps. It hurts a lot but you feel good after too.

    Whimps should stick to vaseline-- no pun intended.
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    DJMOBILEFIBER Junior Member

    all you need is baby powder you wont itch no more....
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    Lancerbye Junior Member

    Are we still going on about fibre glass itch. Use the Zen Buddist approach. Mind over matter, if you don't mind , it don't matter. Think non itch. Ahhhmmmm. Remember your Mantra. LOL
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    Deeman Junior Member

    Always wear protective clothing, mask, gloves, eyeware. Tyvek coveralls are $10.00. (Lowes) Tape your gaps up. Set your mind on to getting it done. no breaks, no smokes, no beer. Run a water hose while grinding or cutting. Use air tools, No electrics! It makes a mess but maintains the dust 99%. You, the family and neighbors won't be breathing it in (the worsed). Shop vac sucks the muck up. Wash'r all down when done and have clean start the next day.

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    Pat yourself down with packing tape(cheaper than duct tape) after drying, after the cold shower.
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