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Full Face Respirator: N95, P95 and P100 (HEPA)

A full face respirator mask is the best you can buy without an oxygen tank: it protects your eyes, nose, and mouth. Here is a recent list of available virus-proof paint respirators and chemical masks.

For total protection, the very best mask to have is the full face respirator. These are also important to use when cleaning mold and asbestos, etc.

The best thing about a full-face mask respirator is the tight fit to your skin. Unlike the paper masks that allow air in around the sides, the full-face respirator is air-tight.

‘P100’ which means 99.9% of particles:
better than a doctor’s N95 or a painter’s P95. Worth every penny.

1. The 5400 from Honeywell

This is excellent and but remember it is for the MASK ONLY: you need to add a Honeywell filter (not 3M):

This full-face mask respirator is a great facial mask for the money.


2. The 3M 6900 respirator

Check the price here.

Comes with the basic HEPA: removes 99.5 % of particles, very adequate protection but you might want a chemical filter for painting and all kinds of toxins.


3. Size?

Don’t worry too much. In doubt get medium for adults and small for children and small people. I am 6’1″ and a large also fits me. My wife uses a small, but the small feels fine on me too and does not leak, but I prefer the large.

While the best respirator mask for the full face protects your eyes too, you can also be completely protected from breathing toxins by using the normal painting respirator mask which does not protect your eyes


4. Kill airborne and surface bacteria and viruses by burning sage leaves.

Here are the bundles I bought. I burn them in my car when out picking up food etc.

Read about burning sage: “Sage is an herb that is antimicrobial, and therefore, has the potential to improve our air quality tremendously. Such a reduction in bacteria in the air can aid against getting ill. Its antimicrobial properties work against viruses, bacteria, and fungi.” It smells nice too.

respirator mask
Lady wearing a respirator mask

Bonus: How to Make HEPA Facemask Without Getting Gouged.

I used a vacuum cleaner bag and make a HEPA quality respirator filter in this video (also at bottom of this page).


Rating Letter Rating Number
N: not oil resistant 95: removes 95% of all particles
R: oil resistant 99: removes 99% of all particles
P: oil PROOF 100: removes 99.97% of all particles (HEPA)

* NOTE: If you are working with a particularly nasty paint or spray, you need to contact the maker.

Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions or concerns.

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