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Forum topic by RandyinFlorida posted 12-11-2016 02:44 PM 544 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2016 02:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finish storage lee valley storage bag finish preserver argon

I was recently perusing the 2016-2017 Lee Valley Fine Woodworking Tools Catalog and I saw a couple products that I wanted to get some feedback on.

On page 360 of the catalog is a Finish Preserver. It apparently is inert Argon gas that you spray into a storage container to displace the oxygen in the container.

Also on that same page are “stop loss bags.” They are heavy duty plastic bags that allow you to squeeze out the air then cap the bag. The bags are designed to stand upright. The description does say they are for oil, water and alcohol based finishes and not for finishes containing M.E.K, acetone or lacquer thinner.

Has anyone used either of these products?

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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#1 posted 12-11-2016 02:55 PM

I have both items.
The Bloxen is used when the can of finish is consistently opened and closed during the finishing process, I used the bags when the product is stored for long term. I have been very happy with both products.

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#2 posted 12-11-2016 03:02 PM

I use the stop loss bags, they have saved me enough material to more than pay for themselves many times over. I use Waterlox and it will gel up when exposed to air. I pour usable amounts into small jars for use. It is a learned technique to expel all the air from a bag but not difficult by any means and the new version of the bag appears to address this issue. If you try the bags order some extra caps as they are inexpensive and you may find that it is easier to swap an old one out for a new vs cleaning a cap.

-- Cheap is expensive! - my Dad

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#3 posted 12-13-2016 04:19 PM

Thank you,

I appreciate your input.

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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