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Apollo Sprayers Blow Off Tool

Apollo Sprayers Blow Off Tool

Apollo Sprayers offers its Turbine Blow Off Tool. A handy air tool that runs from a user’s turbine system, directing warm, dry turbine air to blow work areas clean. The Apollo Turbine Blow Off Tool can replace any blow off tool used with  air compressors. The Apollo...

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TIP: Spraying Lacquer Over a Paint or Finish

There are risks to spraying any type of solvent lacquer over any existing, and older, paint or finish. The problem is the lacquer thinner in the lacquer. A wet application can cause many paints and finishes to wrinkle or blister, even an old coat of lacquer itself....

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Water Warps Wood Opposite From What You May Think

Water causes wood to swell, so most people think that wetting one side and not the other will cause the wetted side to bow – that is, increase in width so the center is higher than the edges. If the wood is thin enough, this will be the case initially. But the overall...

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TIP: Basic Understanding of Solvents

Following is a basic understanding of the common solvents available in paint stores and home centers. Mineral spirits (paint thinner) and naphtha dilute and clean up oils and varnishes, including oil-based polyurethane varnish. Neither of these solvents damage any...

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TIP: Wash Off Stripper Wax

Directions on cans of paint-and-varnish remover instruct to “neutralize” the stripper as a final step. This is misleading and often leads to finishing problems. The instruction is misleading because there is nothing in paint strippers that needs to be neutralized....

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TIP: Oil and Spontaneous Combustion

Drying oils, especially linseed oil, are the only finishing materials that spontaneously combust. Solvents don’t spontaneously combust, paint strippers (including paint or finish residue) don’t spontaneously combust, and no type of varnish spontaneously combusts. It’s...

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