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Want To Be The BEST Professional Painter On The Job?

Trevor L Drinen

Problocker was established in Hawaii in July 2011 by Kendall Kikuyama.  The purpose of the company is to bring to market a proprietary new approach to OVERSPRAY EYEWEAR for use by painters, especially spray painters.  Spray painting is a process that produces paint mist from the jet of the spray gun.  Spray painting is universally used in industrial fabrication, such as automotive production; the furniture industry; and in painting ships, aircraft, building structures and machinery.  Spray painting is well used in the residential and commercial construction industry.  However, the drawback to spray painting is the out of control overspray paint mist from the spray gun.

SPRAY EYEWEAR should be worn while utilizing spray painting techniques.  The part of the body most frequently ignored or abused are the eyes.  The eyes are a sensitive and important external organ, yet workers daily ignore basic steps to protect themselves.

However, the reason why spray painters do not use safety glasses is because they are frustrating and require constant handling to work.  When safety glasses are used, it's generally quickly covered over with paint overspray that impairs visibility to a point which demands the user's attention.  A search of one blog for painters that discusses these issues reveals comments such as "I don't wear them (safety glasses) when spraying.  They're a waste of time if you ask me and not that practical," or "Back when we did a lot of commercial painting, while we were in the man lifts, we would pop the lenses out of glasses, so that no one could tell from the ground."

Kendall Kikuyama is the President of Aloha Painting Company, Inc., of Honolulu, Hawaii.  Mr. Kikuyama started Aloha Painting in 1976 and is a long-time observer of the problems of providing eye protection while spray painting.  As the owner of a commercial painting company, he is sensitive to the industry issues of health and safety, as well as the concerns of his employees.  Mr. Kikuyama has spent the last several years developing his own proprietary design of overspray eyewear specifically for the professional spray painter.

The NINJA™ Spray Goggles is designed to guard against overspray and yet, the painter can still see and continue to spray without the need to manipulate the eyewear. Click here to read what other professional painters are saying.  The eyewear consists of a plastic frame that wraps around the head in such a way as to conform to the user's face, with view slits.  The stagnantly interior space creates an invisibile air barrier in front of the painter's eyes.  The painter can see through the silt even if airborne paint mist is deposited onto the frame.  Also, the user's body heat expands the air barrier outwardly somewhat to resist the intrusion of airborne particles through the slits.  The overspray cannot accumulate on the slits to obstruct the painter's vision.  

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Spray Goggles

Durability + Design, March 14, 2014

PROBLOCKER™ Spray Eyewear has introduced NINJA™ Spray Goggles to shield sprayer from overspray.

The patent-pending goggles "use air itself to create a barrier where paint cannot accumulate and that resists paint particles from entering the eyewear," according to the Hawaii-based manufacturer.

NINJA™ Spray Goggles "guard the eyes and allow vision without requiring cleaning or adjustment so that painters can continue working without interruption," ProBlocker says.

'Raccoon' Eyes

The goggles were developed by company president Kendall Kikuyama, who reports more than 45 years of experience in the painting industry. Kikuyama "became concerned about eye health and safety after seeing too many workers with spray-painted 'raccoon' eyes after finishing spray jobs," the company said.

“I constantly see and hear about painters who forgo eyewear when spraying because they find it
too inconvenient,” said Kikuyama.

The NINJA™ Spray Goggles consist of a plastic frame with an open viewing slit in the center of each lens. By sealing the air space around the user’s eyes, the goggles create a pocket of dead air that acts as a barrier to paint particles, allowing painters to see through the slits even if airborne paint mist is deposited on the frame, the company says.

The goggles can be used alone or as an enhancement to safety glasses.

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Eyewear That Lets Painters Paint

BY CATHERINE LEE

What's the problem:

Painter need to wear eye protection, yet rarely do.  That's because safety glasses and other gear protect their eyes from overspray, but the paint soon covers the glass and blocks their sight.  Repeatedly cleaning the glasses takes a lot of time.  That’s because safety glasses and other eyewear in the industry protect their eyes from overspray, but the paint soon covers the glass and blocks their sight. Repeatedly cleaning the glasses takes a lot of time and decreases the painters production.

With more than 45 years of experience in the painting industry Kendall Kikuyama says, “Painters cover themselves from head to toe. They wear gloves, long pants, long-sleeve shirts, they wear respirators. But the one place they don’t cover is their eyes.  They’ve tried just about everything on the market and most choose to use nothing at all.

What's a possible solution:

Just over three years ago, Mr. Kikuyama started working on a pair of goggle he had thought about for years.  This summer he unveiled the patent-pending NINJA™ Spray Goggles that guard the eyes while allowing the painter to see through small slits that don't allow paint inside. 

The spray goggles consist of a sleek plastic frame with an open viewing slit in the center of each lens. By sealing the air space around the eyes, the goggles create a pocket of dead air that acts as a barrier to block paint particles from entering. Paint lands on the rest of the goggles and elsewhere, but doesn’t block the slits, so painters can see even in the mist of overspray.

Where can I purchase the product:

At the present time, the product was about to hit shelves in Sherwin-Williams stores around the island or you can also purchase direct at: www.problocker.com  Price is $19.95 for a package of three.  Already, a painting companies have started using them.

What are others saying about this innovative product:

Jeremy Duarte, field superintendent with M Shiroma Painting in Kapolei says, "painters hardly ever wear eye protection because there hasn’t been anything on the market that’s efficient and reliable." He picked up 10 pairs for his painters to try.

“These work a lot better than the other stuff out there,” Duarte says. “It’s definitely something we’d buy."

This innovative product that offers a solution to the spraymens frustration.   

*Original article by Catherine Lee & Hawaii Business can be found online at: www.hawaiibusiness.com

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Is Paint Good In Your Eyes?

January 14, 2014 Problocker, Inc

We don’t usually think of paint as a hazardous or poisonous chemical. However, paint does contains pigments, solvents, resins and others ingredients to give it color, texture, spreadability, durability, and curing time.  Many of these ingredients are harmful to your eyes and hazardous to your health.  Almost every MSDS sheet regarding paint reads, “If you get paints or solvents in your eyes, flush with water for 15-20 minutes and then seek medical attention.”

These chemicals / toxins enter the body through absorption (skin/eye), breathing (inhalation), or swallowing (ingestion), which are commonly know as "routes of exposure".

What are some POSSIBLE Health Hazards of Paint?

  • Low level paint exposure can cause fatigue, eye irritation, dryness, corneal scaring, anemia, and headaches.
  • Higher level paint exposure can cause liver, kidney damage, and some can even cause cancer or birth defects in laboratory animals.
  • Animal studies have reported testicular damage, reduced fertility, maternal toxicity, and delayed development from exposure to glycol ethers, methoxyethanol, and other chemicals.
  • A possible effect on sperm quality and testes size in workers exposed to glycol ethers has been reported.

*www.epa.gov

OSHA's guidelines include, personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as “PPE”, equipment such as safety goggles, face shields, safety glasses, or full-face respirators generally are required by the spray painter. These safety protectors are primarily designed to protect the eyes from projectiles; however, they are not user friendly in the “Paint Overspray Market.”  Painters are reluctant to use safety glasses for spray painting because it requires them to stop, put down the spray gun, and clean the paint from the eyewear so that clear vision can be retained.  Continuous clear vision is paramount to a spray painter. For this reason, most spray painters will not use eye protection that creates frustration.  The Ninja™ SPRAY GOGGLES can be worn over saftey glasses to block overspray.  

The PROBLOCKER™ Spray Eyewear is designed to guard against overspray.  Yet, the painter can see and continue to spray without the need to maintain it.   The eyewear consists of a foam and “bubble eyes” plastic frame with viewing slits.  The stagnantly sealed interior space creates an invisible air barrier that blocks out paint overspray.  The painter can see through the slit even if airborne paint is deposited onto the frame.  Also, the user’s body heat expands the air barrier outwardly somewhat to resist the intrusion of airborne particles through the slits.  The overspray cannot accumulate on the slits to obstruct the painter’s vision.

The NINJA™ Spray Goggles are just the first version of the PROBLOCKER™ Spray Eyewear product line.  Future improvements, refinements and versions will eventually provide for a customized line of spray eyewear for the painting industries and others with similar problems.  The Ninja is so unique that it can be worn by itself or worn over safety glasses for overspray protection. Wearing the NINJA™ Spray Goggles over the safety glasses will help to preserve clear vision for the painter.

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