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Old 08-04-2009, 08:06 AM   #1
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Default How to get fiberglass off your skin ITCHY STUFF!!!

So i wrapped my headers in the cheap stuff for 40 bucks a pack that you get at autozone and, as i am sure the case is with most other header wraps, i go back down there to change the gaskets and i get the itchy fiberglass stuff all over my arms. I would just like to post some kind of relief or see if anyone else has some other suggestions about how to get rid of the itchiness.

1. First thing i tried was washing my hands with dish soap (didnt have any fast orange)

2. Next thing i try is of course taking a shower and scrubbing

3. None of that worked, so i... yeah... i shaved my arms, because i read that it helps as the fiberglass particles can't cling to it.

4. I rubbed deoderant on my arms (read that would help, too)

5. I took an extremely painfully hot shower, and kept the parts of my body (arms) that were affected under the water for a long time, then once my arms had turned completely red, i switched the water to painfully cold water.

6. During the shower i also rubbed face stuff on it, (Clean n Clear daily pore cleanser) since fiberglass also gets into your pores.


The last step helped the most and really cut down on the itchiness. I might be able to go to sleep tonight. I dont know if the shaving thing helped or not, but the important thing is that it doesnt itch as bad. I know i am not the only one that wraps his or her headers, so i hope that this, as well as any future info that can be posted to get rid of it will help someone.
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Yeah man, I know where you're coming from. I deal with fiberglass on almost a daily basis at work at the Caterpillar Proving Grounds. We wrap almost all of our exhaust components in a figerglass insulation. Best way to not deal with it is just stay away from it or if you have to work around it wear long sleeves/gloves. Really, you just kind of have to let nature take it's course when you get into it though. I've never had anything work besides just toughing it out for a few days til it clears up on it's own...

lol at shaving your arms though... lol
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yeah i know what you mean. Working at a body shop is how i developed my deep disdain for fiberglass. This header wrap just reminded me how much i used to hate this stuff, so im gonna go take another shower and put some more clean n clear on my arms
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Never try to wash it off with hot water. it opens your pores and lets the fiberglass get embedded into the skin. The best thing I have found to do is to wash it off in cold water first to get the majority of it off. still going to have fiberglass on you but atleast it wont be as bad
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12 pk of miller lite should take care of the problem
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used to deal with it every day in hvac take a cold shower as it will close your pores and keep it from imbedding any deeper. try to wear clothing that will keep it from being an issue longs sleeve loose fitting shirt and gloves. hot showers only open your pores and get it in deeper.
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12 pk of miller lite should take care of the problem
I would say this would probably be the best solution!

I used to work at a Yacht Yard and as you know those Boats are completely made of fiberglass, so these guys who had to put the fiberglass layers in or had to grind the hardened stuff, all of them used full body protection.
So if I have to deal with header wrapping I use one of these cheap painters overalls and thin rubber gloves, no itch at all!
Just make sure you pull the gloves all around your sleeves so nothing can get to your ams
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If you know you are going to be working with fiberglass put baby powder on your hands/arms before hand.

Also as mentioned don't take a shower in hot water it only makes it worse. Stick with cool/cold water.
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also, earlier today i wrapped myself in masking tape and peeled it off. Suprisingly, this helped the most out of all. Interesting. I was like a mummy, pretty neat!
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LOL, you must have had it really bad... or your a wuss.


I just try to protect myself from it as much as possible, but usually its something i forget about. Washing with soap works the best for me... and like stated above, you just live with it for a couple days.

Id much rather wait then shave my arms and all that. lol. That would have to itch too.


And thanks for reminding me... next time im under the car i need to wrap the hot side to the turbo again.
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Shaving proballly made it worse for you. I would try some lotion, on the itching parts, it seems to work well when I did my headers a while back. If you ever do that again soak the header wrap in water, it makes working with the headers wrap 100x better, and it also keeps down on the air borne particles as well.
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Like a few of the others said, make sure you wash with cold water.
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i to wrap my headers and it sucks but im used to it i am a mechanical union insulator and deal fiberglass every day but it doesnt really bother me

for future refrence dont do any of those things u listed that just made everything worse and drove the glass deeper

if it bothers u that much dont mess with it or wear long sleeves and gloves and tape your wrist and rub baby powder on your arms before u start will help keep it from getting in your pores

and just take i normal shower when your done no scrubbing
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LOL, you must have had it really bad... or your a wuss. .
lol. i eat that **** for breakfast. between boats, attics,duct work and corvettes ive had enough fiberglass to kill a small village but the stuff doesnt bother me at all. must be one of the lucky ones
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I helped a buddy put down another layer of the pink stuff in his attic(returning the favor for the work he did on my car stereo install). I wore short sleeves and gloves, didn't have a single itch the whole time.
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I think housing insulation is a easier type of fiberglass cause I have been around a lot of it and never have had an issue w/ it either, and I know I'm not immune...
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Blow it off first, but not at a close distance or try and vacuuming your arms and exposed areas! I deal with this stuff and other stuff doing HVAC!
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Ive heard that rubbing your arms with panty hose will snag it.... The painter at my last shop told me this.... of course he was a grade A weirdo and just might of been into that stuff..
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pant hose does work,never take hot shower........
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quit being a beyetch and take a cold shower. why do we use hot water before we shave, oh yea to open the pores. Cold showers don't let the fiberglass get any deeper.
i used to clean my boat all the time and i'd just where gloves and long sleeve shirts.
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