Paint Personal Protective Equipment

Comfortable chemical protective clothing for paint applications

Workers who apply paint need dependable protection against dust, sprays and light liquid splashes. But they also need garments that can stand up to bending, crouching and scuffs from rough surfaces like metal, concrete and wood.

Protective garments from DuPont, thanks to the inherent properties of their fabrics, combine protection, comfort, and durability, to safeguard people as well as the sensitive processes in which they are involved.

Paint can be divided into three major categories:

  • solvent-based paints,
  • water-based paints and
  • powder paints.

Each requires a specific level of protection against the risks users are exposed to when preparing

surfaces or when applying the paint.

Protection of the wearer

For many types of painting and finishing work requiring liquid and particulate protection, DuPont recommends the use of DuPont Tyvek® protective coveralls, combining protection, comfort and durability that have already proved tremendously popular in the motor industry. This range of Category III chemical protective clothing is especially effective against water based and powder paint, given the size of the particulates.

Just as important, garments made with Tyvek® are always soft, lightweight and air-permeable, providing workers with a high level of on-the-job comfort. Their non-restrictive design gives workers a greater range of movement with less binding—no matter how many hours they put in.

Some specific types of paintwork present risks not only when applying the paint, but also when preparing the paint or cleaning tools, using solvent washers. For all potentially hazardous tasks, DuPont™ Tychem® 6000 F accessories are strongly recommended and effectively complete the high-level protection offered by Tyvek® protective clothing range.

Protection of the process

In some cases, protective clothing must not only protect employees, but also the manufacturing process against human contamination. To avoid additional costs and prevent any quality issues, it is important for the garments used during paint spraying and surface treatment operations not to shed fibres or cause contamination. Tyvek® is highly resistant to abrasion, and its low linting surface is less likely to affect the final product.

Material tests carried out by an independent test laboratory in accordance with BS 6909 showed that Tyvek® sheds considerably fewer particles in comparison with other protective garment materials, e.g. SMS (Spunbond/ Meltblown/ Spunbond) used for ProShield® 20 or MPF (Microporous Film) used for ProShield® 60. This can significantly reduce the need for additional polishing work.

Protective clothing and accessories from DuPont for paint application

Choosing the type of protective clothing best suited to the situation therefore depends on a number of factors, including the products handled, the type of paint or surface treatment product, the concentration of the chemicals used and the type of application (projection, spraying, etc.).

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