Otto Nobedder wrote:Interesting topic.
SavePhace sells hoods with custom paint by professional artists. I'd like to hear the safety man's take on these, since it's both "paint" and "OEM".
Acrylic enamel, urethane, and epoxy paints that can be made to stick to a plastic hood have similar flash points to the material the hood is made from, so flammability is not the argument the safety man makes. It's the potential effects the solvents in the paint have on the integrity of the hood. This is bureaucratic double-speak, because the hood's only purpose is to protect you from the UV and IR of the arc.
For what you have in it, I say paint it to your heart's content, and buy a second like it so you're covered on "that job".
Yeah, that's why it never occurred to me that it might be a problem on a site. I've only worked as a helper/fitter in the field, so I'll be a newb as far as welding is concerned in the near future. That's good thinking Otto and I've already got another hood exactly like it. I just love how the entry level Jacksons feel, so I've got one for TIG and one for Stick. I guess I'll keep one plain.
I know there's all sorts of custom jobs out there, but again, I was just basically wanting to make something that says, "this one belongs to Ryan." No big deal.
Appreciate all the responses/advice guys. Thank you.