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Old 03-11-2003, 12:38 PM
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Default Can monokote fumes make you sick?

I'm not a covering guru being that most of my planes are ARF's. I mainly just do a little repair work here and there. Yesterday I spent a few hours sealing the hingelines of my UCD with clear monokote. Right out of the package the fumes seemed awful strong. I didn't think much of it at the time. I was in a non ventilated area. After sealing the stab and rudder I began doing the wing and started getting really light headed. My head started hurting and then it dwaned on me the fumes must be getting to me. My girlfriend came home and asked what "that smell" was. I couldn't believe how much it effected me. I had to open the windows in my house with 25 degree outside temperature. I had to lie down for about 2 hours and even had to vomit.

Does monokote usually give off strong fumes like that? I had never noticed it before. My previous covering expreiences were mainly with Ultracote.

I will be sure to use monokote in well vetilated areas from now on.
Old 03-11-2003, 02:22 PM
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Default Can monokote fumes make you sick?

I don't know if the smell is harmful but one of my fellow club members has been forbidden by his wife to do any covering work in the house. I stick to Ultracote.

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Old 03-11-2003, 03:07 PM
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Default Transparent Monokote Fumes

I too have noticed a distinct odor when using clear Monokote. I just finished a Metallic Monokote job and did not notice any odor at all. Just as different types of Monokote have different characteristics, it appears that they also have different odors. I don't believe that Monokote odors are harmful; unlike CA fumes. That **** is POISON!
Old 03-11-2003, 04:02 PM
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Default Re: Can monokote fumes make you sick?

Originally posted by coomarlin

I will be sure to use monokote in well vetilated areas from now on.
Doesn't matter if it's monikote or anything else.
If it gives off vapors it's also depleating o2 in your blood.
Anyone that got sick as you did should have gone to the emergency room.
Anytime I use *ANYTHING* that smells I open the window and have the fan blowing the fumes outside.
Since the covering has glue on it there should be a lable on the package saying to use in a well vented area.
READ THE LABLE ON EVERYTHING YOU USE!
Old 03-11-2003, 05:29 PM
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Default Can monokote fumes make you sick?

All of us guys who have been doing this for years actually look forward to fume-filled rooms. Of course we're all going to die of bizarre neurological diseases too.

Ventilation is the key. The problem with some of these fumes is that they impair your thought and judgement. This appears to be what happened with you.
Old 03-11-2003, 06:03 PM
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Default Can monokote fumes make you sick?

Originally posted by CafeenMan
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My Girl Friend is a Nurse (20 years now.)
I also have 2 years in the medical field.
I was also an exterminator.
I saw a few guys fall over from fumes and the same chemical didn't seem to bother others but it does show up in the blood.
I posted a PIC above and I always try to urge others to get one.
That person who got very sick could have used this and bring his o2 level back up faster
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Old 03-11-2003, 09:34 PM
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Default Can monokote fumes make you sick?

I always enjoyed the smell of freshly heated Monokote. I'm also the same sick individual that walks into a machine shop, inhales deeply, and savors the aroma of the distinct smell of metal and oil in the air.
Old 03-11-2003, 10:53 PM
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Default Re: Transparent Monokote Fumes

Originally posted by Bob Yeager


I too have noticed a distinct odor when using clear Monokote.


You guys are burning the wrong clear piece to the model. The plastic backing will make you sick!

Ok, just kidding. I have not noticed monokote smelling when I cover but I have a pretty well ventelated shop. Are you using hot socks when you are smelling this or is it with just the iron on the covering? Just was curious.
Old 03-11-2003, 11:06 PM
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Default Re: Re: Transparent Monokote Fumes

Originally posted by FLYBOY


You guys are burning the wrong clear piece to the model. The plastic backing will make you sick!
Funny you mentioned that. That was the first time using clear monokote for me and I did have a problem sometimes figuring out which was which. They should put some kind of pattern print on the throw away side. I eventually realized that the monokote would always curl around the clear backing so that helped me out a lot.

Although I don't have a headache now, I still feel weak and run down. I'm not sure if I can still attribute it to the fumes, but I'm not normally a pretty energetic guy.
Old 03-11-2003, 11:08 PM
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Default Can monokote fumes make you sick?

Flyboy, yes, I use a hot sock on my iron. I smell a really distinct odor (aroma) whether I am using my iron or heat gun. I'm not sure how to describe it, maybe like a fruit smell?? Who knows! Definately not a burning plastic smell (just in case you were thinking I was turned up to hot).
Old 03-12-2003, 12:19 AM
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Default Can monokote fumes make you sick?

FlyBoy - ALL Monokote has a strong and distinctive solvent odor. If you can't smell it (even with ventilation) then you have probably been around a similar solvent too long and have built up a tolerance to it. That's probably not a good thing.
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Default Can monokote fumes make you sick?

QUOTE]Originally posted by CafeenMan
FlyBoy - then you have probably been around a similar solvent too long and have built up a tolerance to it. That's probably not a good thing. [/QUOTE]
Your 100% correct.
Also remember that what you breath in goes into your blood and what is in your blood goes through your vital organs.
That one person who says he's still sick should go to the hospital.
You very well could have suffered some other illness that usually hits with very little warning like a heart problem or a mild stroke.
You may have a medical problem that your not aware of and the fumes triggered off some symptoms
Old 03-12-2003, 03:19 AM
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Default AAAAAAAAAAAh who can smell?

Keep on covering you will soon be past the running nose, eyes watering heck! CA and fiberglass don't bother me any more.
Old 03-12-2003, 01:42 PM
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Default Monokote Fumes

You guys are burning the wrong clear piece to the model. The plastic backing will make you sick!
What "plastic backing"? :stupid:
Old 03-26-2003, 04:16 AM
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Do you think that the plastic is PVC? I DO know that PVC is a carcinogen. My wife used to work in a shop that made vinyl letters and signs. That place reeked and so did she. A smell similar to scotch tape. I'm sure that the adhesive is yet another cancer concern.
Old 03-26-2003, 05:39 AM
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The only time I get any static is when I am doping fabric . After two coats I don`t care what they sayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
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Old 03-26-2003, 08:28 AM
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Default Can monokote fumes make you sick?

The smell reminds be of the cheap vinyl beach balls that used to be given away years ago. Very strong odour. If you aren't smelling it something is wrong. Definitely chemicals being given off. Whatever is used to keep it pliable. I would switch to ultracoat immediately but I have a supply of monokote on hand still.
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Default Can monokote fumes make you sick?

Originally posted by big max 1935
Way to go big max.
You can't beat the good old fabric for covering
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Originally posted by Bob Yeager
What "plastic backing"? :stupid:
Old 03-26-2003, 09:13 AM
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Originally posted by Bob Yeager
What "plastic backing"? :stupid:
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Old 03-26-2003, 12:45 PM
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Default Can monokote fumes make you sick?

one of my fellow club members has been forbidden by his wife to do any covering work in the house








Forbidden, ???????? .... Yea, Right
Old 03-26-2003, 02:49 PM
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Default Can monokote fumes make you sick?

I always enjoyed the smell of freshly heated Monokote. I'm also the same sick individual that walks into a machine shop, inhales deeply...
For sure! I like to sniff the balsa upon opening a kit for the first time, and, even though I'm allergic to it, I like the smell of CA.

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