Warning - modern paints can kill

July 1990

Scott Finnigan, a real up-and-coming acrobatic contender in a Pitts S-1-S died suddenly last December. There is a lesson that can be learned from this tragedy and you should be aware of what it is. Last year, Scott painted some airplane parts in a small, un-vented paint booth without using protective breathing equipment. Scott was spraying Imron. This material can be quite lethal and some of it got into his lungs. The damage was great and, sadly, incurable. Be sure to use protective equipment whenever it is required by the manufacturer. Follow all safety guidelines - many of the modern painting materials are dangerous if not used in accordance with the manufacturers instructions. Modern polyurethane paint is just not like the old butyrate dope and enamels so many of us used to use.

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