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FESTOOL Portable HEPA Vac

Festool has come up with a walkabout vac that is fully HEPA certified. Easy to transport, it connects into the standard systainer footprint making it the easily fit in within the system. Capacity is only about 3 liters so it fits perfectly for touch up sanding and final cleanup.

Is it still paint?

Benjamin Moore’s paints question the assumptions consumers have about house paints. With new technology comes new features and benefits that were not possible 10 or 20 years ago. It is still paint, it just isn’t the paint you remember.

Graco Safety Alert

Graco has issued a safety alert for their 18v Slimline batteries found on their cordless handheld sprayers.The batteries can over heat resulting in melting, fire or explosion.

This recall is only for the 16G610 battery model for the TrueCoat Pro Fine Finish (16h240), ProShot Fine Finish (16F887), and SlimLine Battery Kit from March 2011 – March 2015.

Call 1-844-241-9499 option 1 between 7:30 am – 5:30 pm CST along with your part number and serial number. If your batteries are affected you will be shipped a replacement at no charge.

Please dispose of old batteries in accordance with local regulations or visit www.call2recycle.org for a recycling center.

 

Epoxy Floor Coating Problem Solving Guide by Simiron

Simiron, makers of RokRezPro epoxy floor coating has put together a nice guide for learning how to recognize and treat common epoxy floor issues . Download for HERE

Epoxy Floor Coating Problem Solving Guide topics include

  • Color Differential,
  • Fish Eye
  • Milky or Cloudy Coatings
  • Orange Peel
  • Peeling or Delamination
  • Delamination between Coats
  • Pinholes/Bubbling
  • Product Settling
  • Not Drying/Slow
  • Stains/Tire Marks
  • Sticky or Uncured Coating
  • Uneven Flake/Chip Application
  • Yellowing

New Tools for December Festool TXS Drill & Installer Set

Festool is coming out with some new tools this December. Included is the new TXS compact 10.8v drill driver and a limited time Centrotec installer kit. Like the CXS drill and all Festool products, the quality is top notch. The TXS drill is a new iteration of their CXS drill with a traditional T handle design. Advanced features like LED illumination, fuel gauge, bit storage, and removable & reversible belt clip offer everything you expect from a full-sized drill in a compact package weighing in at less than 2 lbs. The TXS is available as a basic unit or set that includes the right angle chuck.

The Festool Centrotec® System is the standard-bearer for problem-solving, precision drilling/driving solutions. This all-new 89-piece version features Robertson-style square-drive, all-new imperial brad point drill bits, socket adapters and much more.

A Quick Video of NEW Festool Sanders

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.

 

Snack for a Great Cause

20150716_154441[1] 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.

Thanks for your support,

James S

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