(Topic ID: 248061)

Finger Tip Numbness from Spray Painting


By mrm_4

10 months ago



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    #1 10 months ago

    So safety is talked about significantly on this site around spraying from a chemical stand point but I havent seen anything on this subject. Last week (7/15) i was spraying my cabinet with Ace Hardwares brand of paint which was a thinner nozzle than the Rustoleum 2x that I normally use. Later that day my index finger had a tingle and the next day it was numb from the knuckle up. Well its been 10 days and my finger is still numb and its driving me crazy, especially at work, every time I roll my mouse or even typing this out I'm constantly reminded of this pretty much dead finger tip. I searched online to see if this is a common issue and there were several sites talking through it. Basically can take up to 3 weeks for the nerve to heal.

    So for what its worth, pay attention to how you spray and either switch up fingers when spraying for long periods or get attachments to put on the can that are more ergonomic. No one wants a numb finger for weeks at a time!

    #2 10 months ago

    The stranger!

    #3 10 months ago

    You can get one of these- or one similar- at a hardware store for around $4-5. I use mine a lot- it gives you more control and easier on that finger
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    It just clips on over the top of the can, and when you squeeze the 'trigger' it depresses the nozzle.

    #4 10 months ago

    They use to sell a clip on handle for spray cans that added a trigger finger style of actuation... But I haven't seen them for a while. Why any paint manufacturer still uses those narrow tips is beyond me... It probably saves them a fraction of a penny. I've found myself alternating between my thumb and my index finger when I have a big job with a narrow tip can.

    #5 10 months ago
    Quoted from Wmsfan:

    You can get one of these at a hardware store for around $4-5. I use mine a lot- it gives you more control and easier on that finger[quoted image]

    Aha! They DO still make them.

    #6 10 months ago

    Anyplace like Home Depot, Menards, ACE Hardware.

    #7 10 months ago
    Quoted from Wmsfan:

    You can get one of these- or one similar- at a hardware store for around $4-5. I use mine a lot- it gives you more control and easier on that finger
    [quoted image]
    It just clips on over the top pf the can, and when you squeeze the 'trigger' it depresses the nozzle.

    Quoted from mrm_4:

    or get attachments to put on the can that are more ergonomic.

    Yes this is what i was referring too! thanks for posting it

    #8 10 months ago

    Sounds like you damaged a nerve or have something else going on causing peripheral neuropathy. Do you suffer from carpal tunnel? You mentioned you work at a keyboard.

    Also, if it keeps up go to the doctor.

    #9 10 months ago
    Quoted from Wolfmarsh:

    Sounds like you damaged a nerve or have something else going on causing peripheral neuropathy. Do you suffer from carpal tunnel? You mentioned you work at a keyboard.
    Also, if it keeps up go to the doctor.

    No to the carpal tunnel. I'm confident this is directly related to spray painting, I'm going to give it over the weekend to see if feeling comes back. If not I'll be scheduling an appt.

    #10 10 months ago

    Bummer about your finger. Thanks for the heads up though. I picked up one of these at Home Depot for like $8 after I saw a guy using one in a YouTube video. I haven't opened the package yet tho.

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    #11 10 months ago

    Go ask your wife if you could put it in cider.
    That may help.

    #12 10 months ago
    Quoted from Jjsmooth:

    Go ask your wife if you could put it in cider.
    That may help.

    Drinking a few ciders would also help.

    No need to ask the wife.

    rd

    #13 10 months ago
    Quoted from Jjsmooth:

    Go ask your wife if you could put it in cider.
    That may help.

    Zing!

    #14 10 months ago

    No dead finger is gonna stop me from being productive

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    #15 9 months ago

    So did the 'spray gun topper' help with the finger? And how did you like using it?

    #16 9 months ago
    Quoted from Wmsfan:

    So did the 'spray gun topper' help with the finger? And how did you like using it?

    Yes and Yes
    I loved the topper if you havent used one i would recommend spending the $5!

    as for the finger its about 75% back to normal, i tried the cider trick..... not sure that helped

    3 weeks later
    #17 9 months ago

    Ok today is the first day I can push on my finger and it feels completely normal again. So just a little over 6 weeks of partial numbness finally comes to an end.

    #18 9 months ago

    Damn man that would have freaked me out a bit.

    #19 9 months ago

    A couple weeks ago I was starting to wonder if it was permanent. Nothing you can do but wait it out.

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