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3M Paint Project Respirator, Medium

by 3M
4.7 out of 5 stars 706 customer reviews
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  • For workplace/occupational applications only
  • Provides at least 95% filter efficiency against solid and liquid aerosols as well as certain organic vapors
  • Each respirator kit contains 1 face piece, 1 pair of 6001 cartridges, 1 pair of 501 retainers and 2 pair of 5P71 filters
  • NIOSH approved: OV/P95
  • Size medium
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Product Description

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Product Description

3M Paint Project Respirator is used for certain paint spraying, solvents and pesticides. Designed for performance and comfort, 3M Paint Project Respirator features a balanced design for a more comfortable fit. The swept back cartridges are positioned to enhance visibility making it easier to see the project you are working on. 3M Paint Project Respirator is a great choice in respiratory protection for the professional.


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Use when around solvents, pesticides, and paint; helps protect against certain airborne contaminants.

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Includes swept back cartridges for improved visibility

3M Respirators

As one of the leading designers and manufacturers of respirators in the world, 3M provides products that address the needs of both workplace, regulated applications and do-it-yourself, non-regulated applications. For workplace uses, employees may be exposed to known concentrations of harmful contaminants for part or all of the workday. In these situations, respirators are intended to help protect the wearer by reducing their exposure to airborne contaminants from a level that may be hazardous to one that is considered safe or acceptable according to government established levels. In addition, home users cannot easily determine exposure levels nor do they have ready access to the type of training medical evaluation and fit testing needed to be in compliance with workplace respirator standards. In these situations, respirators are intended to help keep non-harmful dusts and certain particles out of your nose, mouth and lungs and with some filters help eliminate annoying odors only.

About NIOSH Respirators

This respirator is government approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as an N95 class respirator and is designed for workplace, regulated uses and applications. NIOSH certification means the respirator has passed stringent government performance standards including filtration efficiency testing and provides at least 95% filtration efficiency solid and liquid particles that do not contain oil.

Fitting Instructions

1. Place respirator over mouth and nose, then pull harness over the crown of your head

2. Take bottom straps in both hands, place them in back of your neck, and hook them together.

3. Position face-piece low on the bridge of your nose for optimal visibility and best fit.

4. Adjust top straps first, then lower neck straps by pulling on ends. Do not pull too tight. Strap tension can be decreased by pushing out on back side of buckles. Perform a positive pressure seal check.

Positive Pressure Seal Check

1. Place the palm of your hand over the exhalation valve cover and exhale gently. If face-piece bulges slightly and no air leaks are detected between your face and the face-piece, a proper fit has been obtained

2. If air leakage is detected, reposition respirator on your face and/or readjust tension of the elastic straps to eliminate leakage

3. Repeat above steps until a tight seal is obtained

What's in the box

One 3M respirator face-piece, one pair organic cartridges, two pair pre-filters, one pair filter retainers

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Protect your health while working on your DIY project

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NIOSH Certification Guide

Product Information


Technical Details

Part Number 6211PA1-A-NA
Item Weight 15.2 ounces
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 5 x 5 inches
Item model number R6211
Size 1
Item Package Quantity 1
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
4.7 out of 5 stars 706 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,285 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#5 in Home Improvement > Painting Supplies & Wall Treatments > Respirators
#6 in Home Improvement > Painting Supplies & Wall Treatments > Masks
#124 in Home Improvement > Contractor Supply
Shipping Weight 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available September 14, 2004

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I picked this up at local Lowe's while I was painting my house. I am also a hobbyist wood worker who like to finish his own projects. So far I have used this mask while using Latex paint, Varnish, Polyurethane, Shellac and dyes. Respirator worked flawlessly with all the above. I never smelled any of these chemicals while wearing the 3M respirator

+ Comes with extra filters in package
+ Easy to put on and remov
+ Will not interfere with my spectacles
+ Very comfortable (need to get used to it - for me it was less than 10 minutes)
+ Very adjustable, you don't need to pre-adjust the mask before wearing it. Simply pull the elastic after wearing it and it tightens. Similarly if you want to ease it, pull the plastic tab and you are done
+ Easy to breathe in (I do not feel the difference (breathing hard) while wearing the mask)
+ At $30/- this is cheap

Highly recommended

Update (Aug 2014):
I have this respirator for 6 years now and have used it consistently. I have gone through multiple cartridges and filters and this thing is still working well. Plastic straps are now weakening a bit and will likely fail in another year or so (but no complaints).
I have used this extensively for almost all kind of projects (indoor/outdoors - all kind of wood chemical, cement, sanding PT pine etc etc) and I never smelled anything. If you are burning wood (like you have a dull blade on a saw) you will smell it though.
I occasionally vacuum the exhausts in the front after a very heavy day of sanding and it seems to make breathing better.
Very satisfied with purchase and will likely replace with same mask again when time comes.
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Amazon Review 3M Tekk Protection 6211 Paint Project Respirator

4 ½ stars- I bought this product specifically for its ability to block organic vapors in the 3M Hi-Tack 76 Spray Adhesive. It was an unqualified success in keeping those vapors out of my respiratory system. The one time I felt encumbered by it and removed it to do some detail work a nose length's distance from the project (inside a vehicle), I paid for it by spending a few hours the remainder of the day trying to clear my upper bronchial area and throat.

The respirator comes with 4 huge foldout pamphlets.
1 for the Organic Vapor Cartridge
1 for the Particulate Filter
1 for the respirator body
1 outlining the protections provided for 38 configurations of various respirator components.

Moreover, the user is directed to read and fully understand all of these instructions before proceeding AND before occupational use, a written respiratory protection program must be implemented meeting various government requirements! Some heavy duty stuff! Leads me to believe I bought the right one!

Assembling the respirator was otherwise fairly intuitive except for 1 small detail. Although it is probably stated somewhere, 4 particulate filters are included. They are compactly pressed inside their respective holders that snap on to the OV Cartridge. At a brief glance, it looked like the particulate filter housing just needed to be snapped onto the OVC and we would be ready to rock. One side kept popping off and found that each PF housing had 2 filters in it. Nowhere in the volume of instructional material does is mention to separate the PF filters, making sure to install only one per side.
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I'm starting a new car rebuild project and it's been making some dust, which I was tired of coughing up. Bought this one based on some other reviews and I'm really happy with it. I started using it when grinding paint, rust and dirt off sheet metal. I couldn't smell anything and definitely wasn't coughing up any black stuff, so I was happy.

What really set it off is when I used it to paint. The first time I took off the mask after, I was caught off guard how strong the fumes were - I didn't smell a thing with the mask on. The true surprise was looking at the filters, which were covered in paint. Even after a couple hours of sustained use, I can take the plastic guard off to look at the backside of the filters - white like the driven snow.

I'll never generate dust or fumes again without this thing. No complaints really otherwise, it fits well, breathes well and doesn't pinch/rub/irritate my face or neck.
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Light and easy to breathe through, I don't feel like I'm struggling for air like with some respirators. Vision is not obscured either. The filters in this are so good, I can't even smell paint or solvents when I have it on. This is a great respirator - clearly the best for the money when I bought mine. Highly recommended.
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For the relative inexpensive cost of this respirator, you get the face mask, 2 orgainc vapor filters and 4 regular filters. All the components fit together very well. It took me about 10 minutes to get used to the face mask, then I hardly noticed that I was wearing it. The obstruction of vision is quite minimal. Protect your lungs and buy this respirator instead of using the ineffective surgical mask type of filters.
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