Another tip to the casual rattle-canner: pick up a decent respirator. Yeah, you can probably “get away” with filling your lungs with chemicals and your nose with paint a few times, but why take a few years off your life when you can pick up the a bare minimum decent respirator for under $30?
We picked up the AO Safety model pictured above at Lowe’s for $29, though they list it online for $28. Better yet, we found it on Amazon for $25. It’s not the finest available, but it’s quite reasonable. We didn’t have any trouble adjusting it for a good fit, and it made a big difference in how we felt after painting for a few hours.
The Froogle search below shows you some of the other options, including full-face models from 3M for around $125 and some higher-end nose/mouth models for more like $50, but the point of this post is to encourage you to use something other than a dust mask alone.