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    Paint filter housing? My arms are so itchy

    When we opened the filter housing to clean the Pentair cartridge filter, we got a lot of fiberglass stuck in our arms. Packing tape took a lot of it out, and wearing long sleeves the next time helped but I'd like to paint the fiberglass if possible to seal in all that fuzzy fiberglass that is so itchy.

    Does anyone know what can or can't be used for this? My husband first thought of spar varnish, but I've had bad experiances with spar varnish on a front door and on a wooden bench. It cracked badly in just a few years -- maybe spar varnish needs to be kept wet? I dunno, but I hate to mess up the filter housing by using the wrong stuff.

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    Re: Paint filter housing? My arms are so itchy

    Excellent question and I too, will wait to see what the experts say on this. I itched for a week after opening mine up the first time! Seems like a logical idea to me.

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    Re: Paint filter housing? My arms are so itchy

    I've only bothered painting one tank, and I used an outdoor spray paint for the job. This filter will be replaced next season, so there was no need to spend hours making it look pretty on the customer's dime. Two cans covered a 225lb filter to the point that I don't get fiberglass on myself anymore.

    If you wanted to go fancy I'd suggest a good marine paint that is made for fiberglass hulls, since it can handle the both the glass and the weather.

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    Or just spray your arms down with hairspray before opening the filter. It'll stop the fiberglass from going in your arms.
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    Re: Paint filter housing? My arms are so itchy

    Quote Originally Posted by Aquaman95
    Or just spray your arms down with hairspray before opening the filter. It'll stop the fiberglass from going in your arms.
    Aquaman, that's a great approach! (I always just keep a long-sleeved shirt handy for the 'fuzzy' filters, etc.) Any clue as to WHY it works? and does the hairspray irritate you and easily wash off?

    When I get 'filtered' (itchy arms) - I use duct tape to remove the fiberglass 8) a preventive measure would sure be nice

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    Re: Paint filter housing? My arms are so itchy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquaman95
    Or just spray your arms down with hairspray before opening the filter. It'll stop the fiberglass from going in your arms.
    Aquaman, that's a great approach! (I always just keep a long-sleeved shirt handy for the 'fuzzy' filters, etc.) Any clue as to WHY it works? and does the hairspray irritate you and easily wash off?

    When I get 'filtered' (itchy arms) - I use duct tape to remove the fiberglass 8) a preventive measure would sure be nice

    Thanx


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    It's never irritated me and it washes right off. I think it works by putting a film/layer over the skin so the fiberglass can't work its way in but that's just my hypothesis.
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    Re: Paint filter housing? My arms are so itchy

    Thank you for the quick reply !!! (I think I'll have to 'liberate' one of my wife's hairspray cans next spring )
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    Re: Paint filter housing? My arms are so itchy

    Quote Originally Posted by Aquaman95
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquaman95
    Or just spray your arms down with hairspray before opening the filter. It'll stop the fiberglass from going in your arms.
    Aquaman, that's a great approach! (I always just keep a long-sleeved shirt handy for the 'fuzzy' filters, etc.) Any clue as to WHY it works? and does the hairspray irritate you and easily wash off?

    When I get 'filtered' (itchy arms) - I use duct tape to remove the fiberglass 8) a preventive measure would sure be nice

    Thanx


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    It's never irritated me and it washes right off. I think it works by putting a film/layer over the skin so the fiberglass can't work its way in but that's just my hypothesis.
    As someone who still holds active Barber and Cosmetologist licenses in the State of Florida for over 35 years I can tell you that you are right on the money with your hypothesis. Hairsprays are made from water soluble polymers that do create a film.
    Aerosol sprays will do a better job then non aerosol ones since they are faster drying and create a more even film.

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    Re: Paint filter housing? My arms are so itchy

    I would be reluctant to paint a new filter housing in the event you needed warranty work. Paint would likely void the warranty. I like their suggestions..."Hand me the hairspray. I'm goin' in!"
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    Re: Paint filter housing? My arms are so itchy

    Nothing like having a can of Aqua-Net in your pool supply box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 257WbyMag
    Nothing like having a can of Aqua-Net in your pool supply box.
    And just think how useful it could be on a windy day...
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    Re: Paint filter housing? My arms are so itchy

    Hhhhmmm you can tell it's getting quite on TFP. But we are always swimming here and thanks to you guys my pool is trouble free. think i'll have a dip right now, oh and a cold one temp 80 f
    Hello all from the land of smiles. Thailand. 5mx9mx1.5 63000L 16300 gall, pebbletex,
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    Re: Paint filter housing? My arms are so itchy

    Quote Originally Posted by frankthailand
    Hhhhmmm you can tell it's getting quite on TFP. But we are always swimming here and thanks to you guys my pool is trouble free. think i'll have a dip right now, oh and a cold one temp 80 f
    Oh sure, rub it in....
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    Re: Paint filter housing? My arms are so itchy

    wow fpm that looks like a winter wonderland. You know, i have never seen snow, and havn't worn a jumper for 19 years. Looks really beautiful maybe i should buy some skates and come over , maybe even make a snowman . great photo, ohh and by the way everyone, best wishes for the season. merry christmas and a happy new year.

    happy swims Frank
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    Re: Paint filter housing? My arms are so itchy

    House Swap! Love it. Thailand is probably a bit too exotic for my hubby though, but I sure could handle it right about now. Snowed again and the temp dropped into the teens. The older I get the less and less I enjoy Winter. I'll be in Florida with Waterbear before you know it.
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    Re: Paint filter housing? My arms are so itchy

    I hear you there about getting older and not handling the cold as well. Right now it's
    -6 with -25 windchills.
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