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Old 01-13-2018, 08:33 PM   #1
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I am a cabinet and furniture finisher in Oakland California. I started with a college company painting that gave you a license took work with and took 50 percent off your jobs. I finished number 1 in California and kept the business going after the internship was over.
Now I work in a shop and spray clear and pigmented conversion varnishes, oil finishes, mix dyes and stains etc. We are a custom finishing shop so we try to achieve any finish the designer or architect is looking for with a small crew of two people. I do not own the shop but plan on taking it over next year around this time.
The reason I had to find a forum to talk to other painters on is because i think i am having side effects of formaldehyde.
I spray at least two gallons of conversion varnish a day. I feel like i am having anxiety/depression coming from no where and I feel a little manic while I am painting. I usually get a one time head ache after Iíve taken a vacation and come back. The worse part for me right now is the shortage of breath Iím experiencing. I was wondering if anyone else felt these symptoms and what they did to stop it.
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I am a cabinet and furniture finisher in Oakland California. I started with a college company painting that gave you a license took work with and took 50 percent off your jobs. I finished number 1 in California and kept the business going after the internship was over.
Now I work in a shop and spray clear and pigmented conversion varnishes, oil finishes, mix dyes and stains etc. We are a custom finishing shop so we try to achieve any finish the designer or architect is looking for with a small crew of two people. I do not own the shop but plan on taking it over next year around this time.
The reason I had to find a forum to talk to other painters on is because i think i am having side effects of formaldehyde.
I spray at least two gallons of conversion varnish a day. I feel like i am having anxiety/depression coming from no where and I feel a little manic while I am painting. I usually get a one time head ache after Iíve taken a vacation and come back. The worse part for me right now is the shortage of breath Iím experiencing. I was wondering if anyone else felt these symptoms and what they did to stop it.
Hello and sorry to hear you are having theses symptoms. Are you wearing all the appropriate PPE? Most importantly respiratory protection?

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I wear a spray sock with a 3m respirator, latex gloves and cover allís. Itís almost impossible to escape the smell compelety even though we have a 11,000 sq ft shop
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I wear a spray sock with a 3m respirator, latex gloves and cover allís. Itís almost impossible to escape the smell compelety even though we have a 11,000 sq ft shop
It seems highly likely that what you are experiencing is from the chemicals you work with. If it is then you need to figure out a way to protect yourself. These things cause damage to your nervous system. You should verify you have the appropriate mask and the correct filters for it, contact 3m if you need to. You should not smell chemicals through it.

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Don't panic, but you need to make a doctors appointment as soon as possible.
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What makes you think it's formaldehyde? I looked up a Lenmar conversion varnish SDS (Safety Data Sheet) for comparison, and it shows a number of aromatic solvents and benzene, but no formaldehyde. I suggest you read the SDS of the product you're using and as suggested in a reply to your post, I would use the appropriate PPE.
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I have been to a doctor, he thought it was anxiety due to a lung infection. Do you know of a specialist I can see about VOCs like acetone, xylene, formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is also called Formalin,
Formic aldehyde, Ethanediol, Methanal, Methyl aldehyde, Methylene glycol, Methylene oxide. I am using Sherwin Williams conversion varnish
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I am going to the doctors again this Tuesday also
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You may want to also contact CalOSHA.
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What is CalOSHA?
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California Occupational Health and Safety Administration. It basically follows the federal OSHA regulations and often is more stringent.
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