as most of you did sometime in the past, I have sanded body filler and plastic to scratch build props and make my armor. Yesterday I was really surounded by the body filler dust that comes from the piece I was sanding. I wore a mask like this one all the time so I think I'm safe. But when I'm working on the props I can smell the dust... and not only yesterday but every single day I've been doing something similar I smelled the typical body filler smell that it has when it is sanded down. I think the mask protects me from the main danger but not all... and my father is worried about this. He says I'm exposed to a unnecessary risk and he insists: I must stop working on armors and Star Wars costumes that have to be sanded and produce such amount of toxic dust.
I took some time to think about it and now I'm worried he may be right... so my question is how dangerous can be this hobby? Can any doctor say if I can get cancer or something that bad if I keep doing this? If so I'd go for a lung and throat x-ray revision.
Oh, I don't smoke nor drink alcohol and I don't have any sympthoms at this moment... but you know, I prefer to be cautious and don't ruin my life for a hobby... (but I love it!)
Thank you in advance.