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PostPosted: Mon 20 Mar 2017 20:53 pm 
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Hopefully im posting in the correct place.
Im hopeing someone can help me out.Some of you lads know i have a chest problem.I need to know if theres a modelling cement and paints that has no vapours ,no fumes and no smell.I have had to limit my time on modelling over the last couple of months due to the "smell" of the cement and paints and its driving me nuts not being able to get on with modelling.Consultant has said small doses wont impact on my chest problem but can cause short term coughing and wheezing and its these problems i have to address.I hope someone can help as im running out of options.


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PostPosted: Mon 20 Mar 2017 21:42 pm 
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Paints with no vapours ,no fumes and no smell or at least virtually None at all, Acrylics.
As for the glue..I don´t think there is one that will bond Plastics but has no smells etc. Basically, if it doesn´t contain Toluene, the stuff that causes the Problems, the plastic doesn´t stick. There´s a "child friendly" one, Testors blue non toxic but apparently it doesn´t bond the plastic as well as the "smelly" ones.

Best Thing..use a nozzle (needlepoint applicator ) to reduce the exposure area, plenty of Ventilation and take breaks.

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PostPosted: Mon 20 Mar 2017 22:33 pm 
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Maybe the Tamiya Limonene cement might be worth a try? It's meant to be less noxious than the toluene containing versions.

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PostPosted: Mon 20 Mar 2017 22:37 pm 
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I think most of the glues are acetone rather than toluene based now (but still still smelly).
I would agree on on the other points, I use the 12.5g Revell Contacta applicators & acrylics.


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PostPosted: Mon 20 Mar 2017 22:50 pm 
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I'd be inclined to go down the route you might use for dealing with paint spraying. Use a paint booth with an extractor and wear a respirator. If that's a sledgehammer to crack a walnut, what about using adhesive glues instead of solvent cement? Does superglue affect your condition? Epoxy? Last resort would be white glue.

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PostPosted: Mon 20 Mar 2017 22:57 pm 
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There is available an odourless superglue
or build an open type building-area with an extrator unit close by your work

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PostPosted: Tue 21 Mar 2017 08:39 am 
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Half the problem is the after smell.Im on home oxygen bottled and condenser.i do use an extracter of sorts when painting and glueing. (Hover to outside.)


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PostPosted: Tue 21 Mar 2017 11:15 am 
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Maybe one of the thin solvent glues such as Mek-Pak. They do smell but as they vaporise almost instantaneously the effect tends not to linger very long. Also, as they are applied with a small brush to the closed up joint allowing capillary action to draw it into the joint, you tend to only need a very small amount.

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MY BLOG is all about how to build models while minimizing the smell (among other things). I use Micro Weld for gluing, paint only with a brush, use only acrylic paints, minimize sanding, etc. Check out the blog and my portfolio here. Some of the entries in the portfolio have links to the build threads, and I describe the techniques I use in those threads (usually group builds). If you have any specific questions, drop me a PM. I was forced, by medical necessity, to diminish the amount of stuff in the air about ten years ago (about the same time I found this forum). It's not an easy thing to give up spray painting, but it can be done. I know this sounds phony--but I wouldn't go back to it, even if I could.

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Acrylic paints are the lesser of two evils in smell , and maybe a small fan directed to move the glue smell away while building might help? Even a tiny usb type or size fan as a very light breeze would possibly be enough to take the fumes away ? Directed just above what your building and very light?


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PostPosted: Wed 22 Mar 2017 11:17 am 
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I don't know if this will work for you, but my modelling room is a separate room, and I keep the door closed when I'm not working to minimise the escape of solvent smells.

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