How To Stay Safe Customizing Model Horses | Ultimate Safety Guide

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Model horse customizing is so much fun. But there are a lot of safety and health concerns
with all of the methods and products we use, so today, let’s talk safety! Absolutely everything, and I do mean everything,
we use for model horse customizing has some sort of toxicity level or safety risk, from
the dust we breathe when pasteling to the cutting risk when we dremel. There’s also a lot of misconceptions about
what is safe, what is dangerous and how dangerous it really is. So let’s run through the most common customizing
products and practices that could put you at risk if you are not careful. The biggest misconception I hear is that it’s
okay to paint with pastel dust, or airbrush without a mask. Pasteling forces us to breathe tiny particles
that are difficult for our lungs to filter, and over time you can damage your lungs. It is also not good to breathe in any paint
fumes, as they can cause brain damage over time. Airbrushing makes this even worse. Airbrushing shouldn’t be done in a common
household area like a living room, kitchen or bedroom, unless the room is fitted with
professional ventilation. Unfortunately, a household fan will not cut
it and will just spread fumes to other parts of the house. Similarly, primers and sealers should never
be used in a poorly ventilated area or living area. They should not be used without the proper
mask filter (hint, not all filters are the same). The act of sanding to prep, or dremeling to
remove parts, puts us at risk of breathing in fine particles. The dremeling also puts our skin and eyes
at risk of damage from little chunks of plastic or resin. Bondo and similar filling putties are also
toxic when used over a long period of time without gloves. Don’t apply it with your bare skin and avoid
eye contact or ingestion. Bondo in particular outgasses very quickly,
which means you need to work in a well ventilated area with a vapor mask. Epoxies are probably the worst for long-term
damage, and did you know many of our best sculpting clays are two-part epoxies? They are particularly worse when mixing the
two parts. They are fine after they have cured, by the
way. Lastly, some of our best tools are a safety
risk, such as saws and dremels. When not used properly, these could slip and
cut our fingers. The heat gun we use to reposition horses is
a great burn risk when not used properly. By now, you are probably noticing the theme,
“when not used properly,” and “repeated exposure.” All of these products have the warnings they
have because there is a risk of exposure or bodily damage when used improperly, and repeatedly. With the exception of the heat gun and cutting
tools, most of these won’t cause harm worthy of an appointment to the doctor if you are
exposed once. However, you should always consult a physician
if you get products in your eyes, mouth, open sores, or if you start to feel different,
like feeling nauseous. If any of this happens, flush out the products
with water and call if you feel you need medical assistance. 90% of these concerns don’t happen to us,
but you can avoid it 100% of the time with the proper tool safety and work environments. These products shouldn’t scare you, unless
you use them improperly. To start, always work in a well-ventilated
area, or outside. I don’t yet have a properly vented room,
so I make sure to do all of my sanding, dremeling and painting work in a garage that is not
attached to the main house. By opening the car door and the back door,
I get instant cross airflow that vents outside, and not to other parts of the house. When dremeling and sanding, use the right
eye protection. How do you know it’s right? When it’s a pair of glasses that creates
a seal all around your eyes. You won’t believe how easy it is for a tiny
chunk of plastic to get into your eyes from the weirdest places if you are using any other
sort of eye protection. Face masks also need to seal tightly around
your mouth. For prepping and pastelling, you can use a
particle mask like this, or a general purpose mask with the particle filters. But when painting, you need to use the general
purpose mask outfitted with vapor filters to properly keep the paint fumes at bay. To keep your hands safe, wear gloves when
painting, priming and sealing. These also have the added bonus of protecting
your models from finger grease, which can damage paintwork over time. When using a heat gun, be sure to wear oven
mitts or BBQ gloves. You can also buy special gloves for cut protection,
which is great when using saws and dremels. To prevent slipping and add additional protection,
make sure you fasten your model horse in a vice. You can see my Thursday Tip video for more
on that. Now before you start thinking “oh my gosh,
who in their right mind would customize? There’s so much risk!” know that the risk
really comes from improper use, especially over a period of time. If you follow common-sense safety procedures,
you can customize all the ponies without concerns. And remember, if you are ever in doubt, always
seek professional medical attention, which is just a phone call away. This video isn’t meant to scare you. It’s meant to give you the mental tools
to empower you and help you make the best customs you can in a safe and healthy way. Now go customize those ponies! For more videos like this, please subscribe,
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