Thanks to all who have added their voices to this discussion. There
are so many products out there that don’t work for this process,
it’s incredibly informative to learn from the posters that there are
products that really have worked for them.
There is a major caveat, however, and that is, many of these
products noted produce fumes and/or airborne droplets, neither of
which should be breathed. Putting on a respirator, even when
designed for this, is insufficient, since the fumes, etc. remain in
the air once you remove the respirator, defeating the purpose of the
The best protection in this case is always adequate, active
ventilation to remove from your breathing space anything you don’t
want to inhale! The key words in that sentence are: always and
active. ‘Always’ means that every time you use a product that
creates ‘stuff’ you don’t want to breathe, you turn on your
ventilation. ‘Active’ means the ventilation must not simply be an
open window (in this case air can blow in and nothing insures that
air from you direction will be moved out), but must be a strong
enough ventilation system that will actually draw out any dangerous
airborne stuff. And it’s important to remember to leave the
ventilation system running for awhile after you are finished using
whatever product you are using.
And if I were using anything with urethane in it, or solvents, or
anything I could smell, or anything I couldn’t smell that had nasty
ingredients in it, I would use a respirator AND ventilation!
Read the manufacturer’s warnings, check out the MSDS on any product.
You only have the lungs you were born with, and they are delicate.