Monday, September 1, 2014

Controlling Toxic Fumes

     Many head cements are made of chemical compounds that can produce harmful vapors. If you are having this problem, water-based cements can work just as well if not better than traditional lacquer cements. Other toxic products can include thinners, chemical-based paints and glues, so keep these containers well sealed when not in use. Also, you may want to work in a well-ventilated room.  

     All of these products can present another problem: after repeated use the lid on your head cement may become glued shut. To prevent this from happening, wipe off the bodkin and clean the neck of the bottle periodically. Unfortunately, you may have to use a rag saturated with solvent to clean it up, so proper ventilation may be necessary.  

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