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Recently I had the black, tarry undercoat and seam sealant from the trunk of my 1951 Hudson tested by an analytic lab. The undercoat came back as 2% Chrysotile (white) asbestos and the swam sealant as 5%. While these numbers may appear small, they represent significant concentrations. (I've read, example, that the pipe insulation that is a poster child for asbestos hazards is about 15% asbestos.) One reason that I'm bringing them up is that manufacturers bought these products from the same suppliers as Hudson and your 1950s car would probably produce the same results. The other is that I'm figuring out what to do. Most of the undercoat on the trunk floor was removed by the sandblaster, but a few patches remain that seem firmly attached. The seam sealant is somewhat dried out and is largely intact. Am I better off to encapsulate it with modern products or remove it with a proper mask? What removal method would result in the least fragmentation? Peter S.
Something lately that has been on my mind a lot is the safety of our hobby. How was asbestos used in the cars from the 30's to the 70's? I know it was used in the brake pads and brake lines, but was it used anywhere else? What are safe ways to remove this completely? It seems the opinion of a lot of people on these sites is I'm too old to get Asbestosis so I don't care. I'm only in my 20's so that's not true in my case. I'd really hate for the hobby I love to kill me in 20 years.