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PaBull

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2204 days ago

I ordered Bloxygen from WoodCraft. I was going to use this to preserve my Tung Oil. I use it to fill the can of Tung Oil and let the air out, otherwise it will turn into jell.

Where can I get this stuff? Or is there a substitude?

-- rhykenologist and plant grower


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teenagewoodworker

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#1 posted 2204 days ago

rockler has it

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Greg Wurst

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#2 posted 2204 days ago

Just use an air duster can and it will do the same thing.

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lew

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#3 posted 2204 days ago

Here is a site that lists several vendors:

http://www.bloxygen.com/purch.html

Lew

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#4 posted 2204 days ago

Greg,

Have you actually used the air duster trick???

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#5 posted 2204 days ago

Yes, and it seems to work pretty-well. Here’s some instructions:

Varnish Storage hint: Each time you use the can of finish, before capping, be sure to flush out the airspace in the can with Kensington Duster II, Dust-Off, or some similar product. Just make sure that the product contains no air (actually oxygen is the culprit). Most computer, office supply, and home supply stores carry aerosol cans of several different brands of compressed air duster. Make sure your can has the 5” tube for directing the gas into your can or bottle. To use, insert the tube in the valve, then insert the other end of the tube into the can (but not below the surface of the liquid), lean the lid on top and release a gentle stream of gas into the can to displace all of the air (a couple seconds generally does the trick). Slide the tube out of the can and immediately tighten the cap. By the way, don’t be surprised if the can tends to collapse on storage. The duster gas slowly dissolves in the varnish, creating a vacuum. But if no oxygen is present, the varnish will stay fluid for literally years. You might want to transfer the varnish to a glass bottle with a tightly fitting lid and flush well with duster for long term storage (glass obviously won’t collapse under the vacuum). When I open a new, large can of finish, I routinely pour most of it immediately into a glass bottle, flush, cap, and put away for storage. The rest of the can, just the amount I expect to use within a week or two, goes into a smaller glass bottle, which I flush and cap after each use.

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PaBull

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#6 posted 2204 days ago

Thanks teenagewoodworker, Greg Wurst and Lew. I am going to try the air duster. I still have some laying around in my office.

I am going on vacation for two weeks and I need to be sure I have Tung Oil when I come back.

We need to be sure to put the airduster away from kids, the stuff is deadly.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#7 posted 2204 days ago

You can also add clean glass marbles (Hobby Lobby, Micheal’s etc.) to the reduce the headspace in the can. You can reuse them in the next can you open. Might have to try the air duster trick too though.

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#8 posted 2204 days ago

What is the composition of air duster?

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#9 posted 2204 days ago

I googled it, and this is what I came up with:

Only $2.99 a can – Any quantity


Item # 94203
Mfg # 94203
Price $4.99
Sale Price $2.99
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Order Information

Product Description
GUST Easy Duster, quickly blows dust, dirt, lint, hair, sand, sawdust, moisture and microscopic debris from hard-to-reach areas or delicate surfaces. GUST is like a portable air compressor you can hold in your hand.

When you Dust with GUST, you get a blast of extremely clean, filtered, moisture-free, high pressure gas that will not scratch or harm glass, optics, metals, plastics, rubber, or hardware when used as directed.

GUST is a time saving cleaning tool with a unique variable pressure trigger that lets you control the dusting pressure. Dust with GUST to clean keyboards, printers, computers, cameras, audio gear, miniblinds, plants, lamps, appliances, power tools, or anywhere dust collects in your home, garage, office, or business.

GUST contains 100% pure difluoroethane, a colorless, odorless, moisture-free, ozone-safe propellant that can produce pressure in excess of 70 psi.

BENEFITS:

� Contains 12 oz. of 100% pure difluoroethane.

� Blasting power exceeds 70 psi.

� Non-flammable, non-ozone depleting, and filtered to 0.2 microns.

http://www.southernhillscomputer.com/gueadu12.html

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#10 posted 2162 days ago

I’m frugal as well as rustic.

It seems silly to me buy gases to save finishing products.

I buy Tung Oil in volume, five gallons at a time.
I redistribute the TO in to more convenient sized containers.
Some are one gallon in size and some are about a single job or two in volume.
I use recycled containers that I get for free.

I also have some accordion pleated plastic containers that can be collapsed down to the size of the remaining contents.

-- 温故知新

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PaBull

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#11 posted 2162 days ago

The air duster seem to work for me.

Thanks you guys. And I am not nuts on nuts in my cans, stuff gets too heavy and awkward…

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#12 posted 2162 days ago

unless your climate is different, 100% pure tung oil won’t solidify. That’s one of the problems of using tung oil as a finish is that it takes days or weeks to dry and usually needs help from some type of drier.
The guy i buy my tung oil from buys it by the 55 gallon barrell and then sells it by the gallon to other people.

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#13 posted 2162 days ago

Any good wine store will have that gas. It is used to take the oxigen out from an open bottle to avoid oxidation and ruining the wine.

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#14 posted 2162 days ago

Whenever I finish using varnish, paint or shellac, I press a piece of saran wrap down to the surface of remaining material. It keeps the air from contacting the stuff…less creative, but it works for me. -SST

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hObOmOnk

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#15 posted 2161 days ago

Hi PaBull:

Are you talking about real tung oil or “tung oil finish”?

So called “tung oil finish” is usually diluted varnish and most often does not contain tung oil.
Tung oil finish will jell when exposed to air it is exposed to air because of the varnish.

-- 温故知新

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