|Forum topic by bobasaurus||posted 165 days ago||541 views||1 time favorited||5 replies|
165 days ago
I’ve been using bloxygen to preserve my finishes for some time, especially Waterlox which badly crusts unless you bloxygen it or squeeze out all air. When my can ran out, I researched it and found a few mentions of using compressed gas duster cans as a replacement. So I bought some cans of Dust-Off from Amazon and tried using them. For about a month now I’ve been spraying the Dust-Off into my finishes instead of bloxygen, and even the Waterlox stays perfectly liquid and usable. Doing some research, I compared the normalized vapor density of gasses involved:
Normal Air: 1 [normalized scale]
So the gas duster’s spray is much denser/heavier than even the bloxygen, making it really effective at displacing all oxygen in a finish can. I’ve heard that argon is less reactive than other substances, but after trying the gas duster in waterlox, wipe-on poly, danish oil, and spar urethane, I can report that it works perfectly with no skinning or change in quality of the finish. So for oil finishes, the gas duster is a perfect bloxygen replacement. I can get the gas duster cans for $5-$6 each online, as opposed to $13 for the bloxygen, and they seem to last much longer (maybe several times longer). I also use them for removing dust before finishing, so win-win.
I have not tried this with any water-based, lacquer-based, or alcohol-based finishes… I’d be curious to hear other people’s experiences and results.
-- Allen, Colorado