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New Products for Summer 2015

There have been a raft of new products floated in our direction lately. Mostly it adds to an already impressive product lines to allow us to offer items for areas we have not been able to address in the past.

FESTOOL – Festool has expanded their cordless tools to include not only a new suite of drills and hammer drills but also track saws and jigsaws. They have introduced 3 tier marketing to better fit new and existing customers. All these new products such as the TSC 55 Track saw come either bare, with battery and charger, or with the battery and track. It has all the features of the plug-in models but battery driven for even greater ease of use and portability. And, it comes with a dust bag if your work site doesn’t have a place to plug in your extractor.
Festool has also added some interesting things to round out the Dust Extraction System. Using the power of the vacuum, they have a device the sucks to the wall to help hold things up. In the drill department they have a dust extractor extension that holds to the wall and sucks away any dust created while drilling, very handy when working with masonry surfaces. Festool will be here the morning of August 11 to do a demo of their surface prep tools.

GACO WESTERN – Gaco has added to their roof coatings line by adding a new floor coating system. Their new 2-part urethane decking systems are heavy duty for critical applications where long term durability is required in a non slip coating. This is perfect for commercial walkways and stairs where low maintenance is important. It is durable enough for vehicle traffic as well. Available in 4 colors.

SIMIRON – Simiron is the maker of our popular 100% solids epoxy ROKREZPRO line of floor epoxy. Superior ease of use due to its long open time make ROKREZPRO easy enough for contractors familiar with epoxy coatings. Coming out is a series of masonry primers and clear finishes to support the epoxy lines. In addition to vinyl paint chips and metallic pigments for the epoxy, they have a number of other products as well including a clear protective barrier coating known as CERAFIN. This is a 2-part non-yellowing clear gloss used as a graffiti barrier or anti-corrosive over metals. CERAFIN is now available in satin finish for better appearance without sacrificing its barrier properties.
We have assembled a number of products to support these new items so you can get what you need to do the job right here at O-Gee.

Come into the stores and talk to our guys about how these new products can help you and your clients.

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Titan has relaunched their sprayer lines by eliminating the Advantage series of sprayers and introducing the new Impact 340. Also coming into the line are the new PowrCoat line of air powered sprayers.

Sikkens Wood Finishes to be Called PROLUXE

PPG bought the SIKKENS wood finishes line from Akzo Nobel last year and made a number of changes to the line up. The formulas didn’t change but they eliminated sample sizes and  Cetol 1 and 23 in quarts as well as all the non-VOC compliant coatings. This has been a trial for our customers to reorient to the new sizes. I was just at a paint show where PPG has clarified that they are under obligation to change the NAME from SIKKENS which, going forward, will be aligned solely with automotive finishes.

PPG has selected the name SIKKENS PROLUXE and I understand will further transition to just PROLUXE. As of this time they have not changed the formulas even though the cans will soon bear the PROLUXE labels.

DIZZOLVE Paint Brush Cleaner & Conditioner

The green revolution must be turning a corner because I have seen a solvent free product that actually works at cleaning all kinds of coatings from brushes and other painting equipment. Whether you use it with oil base, shellac, lacquer, latex, or other paints, DIZZOLVE will get it out of the brush. It works quickly and leaves brushes with a conditioner that helps them to be easier to clean after use.

Brushes loaded or even hardened bristles can be soaked for a short time in DIZZOLVE, rinsed in a detergent solution and final rinsed with clean water to come out clean an supple again. DIZZOLVE can be used as a soak for spray equipment.
Dizzolve doesn’t evaporate and can be used over and over so once the sludge settles in your container, you can pour it off and reuse it.

EPA Enforces RRP Rule

The RRP Rule is part of the federal Toxic Substances Control Act is targeted toward contractors working in buildings built before 1978. Essentially it states that contractors be trained and perform techniques to reduce potential exposure to lead.

According to an article on the EPA website the EPA announced 61 enforcement actions in 2014 that led to $213,171 in civil penalties in addition to other compliance activities.  These fines do not include a settlement agreement with Lowe’s for $500.000.

Contractors that are certified under EPA’s RRP standards are encouraged to display EPA’s “Lead-Safe” logo on worker’s uniforms, signs, websites, and other material, as appropriate. Consumers can protect themselves by looking for the logo before hiring a home contractor, and by being generally aware of whether a renovator is following lead-safe work practices when working on their property. Those practices, such as what a renovator must do to minimize lead dust dispersion, are outlined in EPA’s Renovate Right
Renovators are required to give the pamphlet to property owners and occupants within 60 days before starting any renovation.

More information about these actions is available at
http://www2.epa.gov/enforcement/lead-renovation-repair-and-painting-rule-december-2014

Stainable Primer

Renovate old furniture, walls and cabinets easily and economically with Stainable Primer. This new coating is waterbased and dries quickly so you can make over a small project or a large area quickly with professional looking results.

This product is made from real wood material so it works like wood and takes stain like wood. Great for touching up over glue joints and bits of putty before you stain, too.
Excellent results are nearly guaranteed when combined with Old Masters wood stains and clear finishes.
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Breathing Dust?

From PAINTSQUARE comes this news about OSHA’s Proposed Rule on Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica. Silicosis is a disease that affect the lungs of workers exposed to crystalline silica such as construction workers and drywall finishers. If you have a construction company that sands drywall or cuts into masonry materials, chances are there is a lot of dust flying around in the air. If your workers doing this are not wearing particulate respirators they are breathing this dust.

You don’t have to wear uncomfortable safety equipment if you have a way to eliminate dust at its source. With the FESTOOL PLANEX 96% of the dust generated during drywall sanding is collected and bagged making the work site safer for everybody in the environment. It also saves time  and cleanup while leaving the wall ready for finishing .

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Introducing Festool

O-Gee is always striving to provide the best products for our customers. We also constantly push the importance of surface preparation prior to application of our high quality paints. With this in mind we introduce you to the Festool surface preparation tools. These are German made sanding machines of the highest quality with full 3 year commercial use warranties. They are designed from the get-go to be used as the most efficient dustless sanding system available. Whereas some tools have a place for a vacuum port, they all seem to be attached as an afterthought. Festool sanders are designed with dust removal from the pad through to the HEPA filtration.

The heart of the system, what makes it far superior to all the other sanders out there is its integrated dust collection. The Festool Clean Technology dust extractors are the best on the market. These are not mere shop-vacs, they are fully certified HEPA systems using 1 micron bags and 0.3 micron air filters. Moving 130+ cfm of air when turned up all the way, they can capture more dust than any other vac system. These are the only systems certified under RRP rules for lead dust.

Even if lead is not an issue, having a clean working area instead of a breathing in a bunch of dust flying around makes the work more enjoyable. Also, the airflow keeps the machines cleaner and cooler resulting in longer abrasive life and less tool marks. The vacuuming as you’re working means you can see what you’re doing, the surface is never obscured and, in fact, production speeds up because the surface is immediately ready to be wiped with a tack rag.

Next time I’ll write a bit more about the sanders, they are terrific.

The number of additional features on the extractors are amazing: compact, low centerof gravity,  4-wheel stability, grounded anti-static crush proof  hoses, variable speed motors, automatic operation with the tool, can be used as a wet vac, and more. One of the more is the Festool stacking organizers, called Systainers, mount to the top of the extractor so all the tools can be efficiently transported to and from the job site. The Systainers come with every tool or can be bought separately with optional inserts for keeping tools and hardware neatly organized. I have a bunch of tools that are just loose on a shelf or came in the box from the manufacturer, none of these match the others and the plastic is slippery. Instead of stacking together they slide around and, if I need more than what I can carry in my hands, it means multiple trips. The systainers are great for other tools and sundries as well. And, even when they aren’t filled with a Festool product they can help contractors with keeping things neat, organized and efficient. Festool also has a rolling cart or hand truck that lock on the Systainers if you need additional mobility.

SmartRoof 100% Silicone Roof Coating

SmartRoof is a high performance system for roof restoration and waterproofing. These products are 100 % silicone based and, unlike common acrylic roof coatings, will not chalk and can withstand ponding water for extensive periods. SmartRoof will adhere over a variety of roof surfaces and is applied by roller, brush squeegee or spray. The preferred product is a single component 1-coat system formulated for applications up to  80 mils thick. It is ideal for aged roof surfaces and can be applied over Torch-down • Metal • Modified Bitumen • Smooth Built Up • Coated Roof • Aged Asphalt • Granulated Cap Sheet • Aged PVC • Aged TPO • Aged EPDM • Concrete • SPF

The SmartRoof system includes a Seam Repair and Sealant for tough yet flexible patching over seams, flashing, fasteners, drains and other repair areas. The Repair Product is applied by brush or trowel over the necessary places.

SmartRoof is approved by Miami-Dade County and is eligible for Florida Power & Light Roof Savings Program. SmartRoof is made by the WDG Group and has a 50 year warranty when applied according to manufacturer instructions.

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