Exposure to methylene chloride during bathtub refinishing. 

The chemical methylene chloride is commonly used in paint stripping and degreasing and has been linked to several deaths. The CDC alerted bathtub refinishers across the state and manufacturers of paint stripping products that they should use protective gear to prevent overexposure. The CDC found that thirteen people died from methylene chloride exposure between 1976 and 1999, and there have been at least five other deaths since 2000.

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The chemical is highly toxic and can cause respiratory problems if exposed in large amounts. Exposure to it can cause asthma, eczema, and contact dermatitis. Methylene chloride is a common ingredient in industrial solvents. It can affect breathing rates and slow heart rate and is extremely toxic when absorbed through the skin. 

The vapors of methylene chloride may be harmful to the respiratory system and cause drooling and irritation of mucous membranes. As a precaution, bathtub refinishers should wear a face mask and a respirator. The mask should be fitted with filters that will trap and expel the chemical from the respiratory system. Also, protective coveralls are recommended, including Tychem(r) model BR/LV coveralls. 

Health risks of inhaling fumes 

The health risks of inhaling bathtub refinisher fumes are very high. These fumes can be toxic to your lungs and body and can lead to coma and mouth cancer if you are exposed to high doses. It is extremely important to follow all safety precautions when refinishing bathtubs. 

First, it is necessary to remove the existing finish from your bathtub before you begin the refinishing process. This requires the use of chemicals, including methylene chloride, a chlorinated solvent used for paint and degreasing. Methylene chloride has a sweet odor, but it is heavier than air, and workers exposed to it are at risk of developing lung and nervous system damage. The CDC has listed 14 cases of fatalities linked to exposure to methylene chloride. 

There are no known safe levels of methylene chloride in bathtub refinishing. Even professionals know this chemical is dangerous and take steps to protect themselves from the fumes. The chemical can affect your concentration and brain function. It can also lead to nausea, headaches, and dizziness. It can also irritate your eyes, nose, and throat. 

Cost of refinishing a bathtub 

The cost of refinishing a bathtub can vary widely. Many factors can affect the price, such as the type of refinishing that you choose. Refinishing is a complicated process, and it’s best to hire a professional to do it. A reputable bathtub refinishing company should have experience in this area. 

The material of your bathtub also plays a role in the cost. Some tubs are made of porcelain, while others are made of steel coated with porcelain. Porcelain tubs require more prep work, which will drive up the cost. It will also be much more labor-intensive to repair a tub that has significant damage. 

Other factors that can affect the cost of refinishing a bathtub include the size and configuration of the bathtub. Larger bathtubs have a larger surface area than small ones, so the costs are much higher. However, basic inset bathtubs are the most affordable to refinish, as they only need to be finished on the exterior surface. Bath-shower combos, on the other hand, require more work because of the large surface area on the walls. A bath-shower combination can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000 to refinish.