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Old 12-20-2008, 01:43 PM   #1
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Rot Doctor - the fumes

Ok, I've done my research and decided on "Rot Doctor" as the product to use.

I plan to treat a bathroom section of about 2' X 2' in a well ventilated area, including a fan blowing over the surface, and using a 2" wide bristle paint brush.

Will I need to use the Respirator? Right now, my plan is "no Respirator".

Any advice? Bill
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Old 12-20-2008, 02:32 PM   #2
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Ok, I've done my research and decided on "Rot Doctor" as the product to use.

I plan to treat a bathroom section of about 2' X 2' in a well ventilated area, including a fan blowing over the surface, and using a 2" wide bristle paint brush.

Will I need to use the Respirator? Right now, my plan is "no Respirator".

Any advice? Bill
If you feel the need, use one with Organic Vapor filters. You can get them from a local auto paint shop about $50.00.
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Old 12-20-2008, 02:36 PM   #3
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The stuff is nasty. I would recommend one that is designed for organic fumes. After I used the stuff, I kept the trailer well ventilated (fan) for a couple of days.
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Yes, Rot Doctor is good. Realize that this high solvent product soaks in well but doesn't completely embed the wood with resin -- there are plenty of microvoids. I'm not sure that makes a practical difference -- it soaks into all the wood cellulose fiber and shields it. It's so much better having this protection. I like it.

I've used an organic cartridge respirator for a number of reasons. I just like it better. They are not overly expensive and are comfortable up to a point even in warm sweaty weather. I don't have a beard and the seal is so good you can hardly smell the stuff.

Under any conditions you must have plenty of air exchanges to actually deliver oxygen to you. I'd probably think more of having the fan direct air from elsewhere into your work space and wouldn't worry about pointing it at the work itself. Rot Doctor goes on quickly and you'll be soaking more and more into the surface. On an area like that you'll maybe remix once to make up more. But you'd be there for maybe 5 minutes?

Epoxy is a contact skin sensitizer like poison ivy. You can be sloppy a few times without any effect. And then watch out. You literally won't be able to use un-set epoxy ever again if you sensitize yourself. The solvent in Rot Doctor messes up normal rubber gloves. I used thin utility nitrile gloves. It will mess with them if you get some on them. Have some more gloves at hand to change and wash your hands right after.

There is little advantage to using the more solid boatbuilder epoxies. It really doesn't provide any more security. Moisture control for your shell & bathroom is still #1! Let us know how it turns out.
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Old 12-21-2008, 10:07 AM   #5
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Respirator

Thanks for all the advice.......you have changed my mind.....I will be using a Respirator and gloves. Bill
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When it doubt its always best to go for safety-use the repirator!
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When it doubt its always best to go for safety-use the repirator!
Ditto! I used it in the rear, with the door open, and I was outside, so respirator was not needed. When I went inside, WOW, strong, so I vented the AS and stayed out for 3 days.
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Unless you can hold your breath for a really, really long time use a respirator. I confess when I used Rot Doctor I cheated a little bit. But then again, I survived the 60s.
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