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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

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.
For more ambitious artists, CLICK HERE for our woodgraining tools

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 .

FESTOOL Official Website

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.

Add Your Business to Our Contractor Directory

If you have a contracting business or are involved in the painting and home improvement industry, please put your name on our directory and get a little more exposure.

Folks looking for contractors will be able to sort through the list and find just the right one to get the job done.

Click Here to get started

End Rot Wood Repair by System 3

Wood outdoors in in Miami needs good protection to keep it from damage. There are a lot of different ways to try to protect wood, but eventually nature takes its toll. On some pieces,  a stair tread on a deck for instance, it may be best to just replace the bad item. Some things are much more difficult to replace. Som items may be carved wood that would be very difficult to find a suitable placement. And sometimes it just isn’t cost effective to replace some wood pieces.

When we worked on a historical building with wood windows a couple of years ago the cost of replacing the windows was much more expensive than stripping and repairing the existing ones. That and the historical aspects of the building made a number of demands to keep the building historically accurate.

We now have a new rot repair system from System Three that goes beyond what we had then. The End Rot system is a complete wood repair and restoration kit that includes borate fungicides for long term rot control. Also in the box is a 2-part epoxy consolidant and epoxy based weatherproof wood putty to fill and fix damage to the wood surface.  System Three has a video to show off their excellent products

This and other exterior wood repair products can be found HERE

Wintertime Ordering

Here in Miami it is easy to forget about the winter. The days are warm, the nights are warm and the only time we see any snow and ice it is on the TV. That said, we don’t have to worry much here about the effects of freezing like the rest of the country especially like what the north right is experiencing now with the arctic vertex creating record lows.

For our customers in freezing climes who are thinking of ordering, please wait on ordering any water-based products until later when the Earth warms up some. Shippers drive in freezing conditions and leave packages on porches as a matter of routine. Frozen latex paints not only are ruined but can pop lids resulting in messy containers.

With all the cold and snow delays are inevitable going in one way or the other. Thanks!