3M Safety Professional Paint Respirator Medium 7512PA1
- For workplace/occupational applications only
- Provides at least 95% filtration efficiency against solid and liquid aerosols including oils
- Advanced silicone material for increased comfort and greater durability
- Each respirator comes with 1 face piece, 1 pair of 6001 cartridges, 1 pair 501 retainers and 2 pair of 5P71 filters
- NIOSH approved: OV/P95
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R-7512ES Professional Half-Mask Organic Vapour
At a Glance:
- For workplace/occupational applications only
- 3M Cool Flow Valve technology for heat reduction and easier breathing
- Silicone facepiece for soft, secure fit
3M Professional Paint Respirator
Used by professionals for certain paint spraying, solvents and pesticides, the 3M Professional Paint Respirator (model R-7512ES) provides at least 95 percent filtration efficiency against solid and liquid aerosols including oils. Designed and constructed for exceptional performance and comfort that lasts, the Professional Paint Respirator features 3M Cool Flow Valve technology for heat reduction and easier breathing.
- One facepiece
- One pair 6001 cartridges
- One pair 501 retainers
- Two pair 5P71 filters
Why 3M Safety?
Doing it right means doing it safely. That means choosing the right safety products before the project begins. With a full portfolio of personal protection and home safety products, 3M Safety Products are designed to help keep DIYers and professionals protected in and around the home. We strive to give consumers the confidence in knowing they are prepared with reliable products from a trusted brand, so they can stay focused on the task at hand, not on their safety products.
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The advantage/drawback of the 3M system is that they make a bewildering array of masks and cartridges and adapter combos. There are three major series of reusable masks - 7500 (this one), 6500 (also silicone; not sure what exactly is different between those two), and 6000 (rubber, less expensive, maybe less comfortable for long wear), each of which comes in Small/Medium/Large. Then there are gas cartridges - the 6000 series is just the gas cartridge, and and the 69000 series also includes an attached P100 filter. If you go with the 6000 series cartridges, you can then optionally attach a 501 clip and P95 or N95 prefilters, which you can change on a different schedule than the gas cartridge.
If you want JUST the particulate filter and not gas, you can either get the 2000 series P100 particulate filters which attach directly to the mask, or the 603 adapter, which then lets you use the 501 clip and the (cheaper) P95 or N95 prefilters.
To summarize, here are the most common sets of things you can attach:
69xxx (gas plus P100)
6xxx (gas only)
6xxx + 501 clip + 5xxx prefilters (gas plus P95 or N95)
603 adapter (AKA dummy cartridge) + 501 clip + 5xxx prefilters
2xxx (P100 only)
the 3rd row is what this mask comes with: 6001 organic vapor cartridge, plus 501 clips, plus 5P71 P95 prefilters.
Confused yet? If not, note that technically you can even get an adapter (part 502) to attach the 2000 prefilter to the 6000 gas cartridges, but this makes no sense to me; if you want that combo, just buy the 69000 cartridges instead for less money. And there's also 7000 series particulate cartridges, which have a hard plastic case, so that when you get hosed off they don't get wet. and there's a 5000 series of masks, in which the cartridges are permanently attached and NOT replaceable.
Anyway, the point is this mask is part of a very flexible system. However, I didn't like this specific mask, because it came with a yucky rubber smell which is taking its time to go away.
I love the variety of filters available for this mask. I will be buying separate N95 particulate filters so that I can use this really comfortable respirator when I work in minor dust/mold situations. P100/N100 are not required for less than 10 square feet as per the CDC. I see some reviewers speaking about the P100 filters, but there's no real use for P100/N100 on this respirator. It's better just to get full face protection when your goggles don't fit snugly (comfortably). Do you really want to work in an environment where you can't fully protect your moist eyes from mold spores and bits of poo? Don't take Half-measures. If I find myself in a tough mold situation I'll say no thanks and burn the place down instead.
If you need a good everyman respirator - this is the one. If you have major mold issues to remediate, I suggest you go 'full measure' and consider your options (full-face mask, flame thrower, brother-in-law) before buying this respirator.
The final thing is the mask does not seem to seal well around facial hair; a goatee would be OK at the largest. Note that the back strap is hard plastic. If you've undergone chemotherapy or have no hair, the upper strap may irritate your skin so wear a hat.