Festool has some really high tech new random orbit sanders coming out October first. These are a new design with brushless motors, smart electronics and improved ergonomics. Get a glance with this video released in the UK.
Come see them in and try them out September 24th at the Bird Road Pro Show! from 10-2. With Festool your hands will be clean enough to grab some lunch.
Did you know you can help me earn my own way in Scouting? My unit is participating in the Trail’s End fundraiser so that we can have an awesome Scouting experience this year. The money earned from this fundraiser helps pay for field trips, camping and adventure outings. I’ll also benefit by making new friends, and learning to live the Scout law.
To help me have an awesome Scouting experience, please consider making a purchase on my behalf by clicking my picture. There are delicious snacks to choose from, and 70% of your purchase will automatically be credited to me and my Boy Scout Council.
Sikkens Cetol line of exterior wood finishes, now known as Pro-Luxe by PPG, is offering up an eight dollar per gallon rebate on up to 10 gallons of any of their gorgeous finishes. The automotive grade transoxide pigments are long lasting and the binder is more flexible than traditional varnishes making for a best in class finishes.
This is a mail in rebate offer. Pick up your coupon at time of purchase
Rebate purchase dates from August 15 – September 26, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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 .