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Bloxygen FAQ

By January 20, 2016 Boat Varnishing Tips

WHAT IS THE NAME FOR?
Bloxygen stands for “Blocks Oxygen.” Pronounced BLOCKS-A-JEN, this product uses heavy, inert argon to shield leftover paint products so they won’t gel or skin over.

WHY WOULD WE NEED THAT?
You will actually be saving money by using Bloxygen. You will preserve our environment and resources by using all of your paint product, not just the first half. You will save time when you start a painting job because you won’t have to clean the skin off of your product.

This product is based on proven technology. Inert gas preservation has been used in the wine, coffee, and food industries for over a decade. Bloxygen has been accepted by our industry’s finest as simple, smart and clean.

WHAT’S THE REAL PROBLEM?
No matter how tight the lid is, our expensive oil products always skin over, gel or harden when stored.

WHAT CAN WE DO?
Simply, we need to prevent any oxygen from reacting with the product. By using a protective blanket of inert gas to purge the container, you can store your finish safely and use ALL of it, not just the first half.

WHY DO THEY SKIN OVER? IS THIS BAD?
Oil-based products dry & thicken the product, eventually forming a skin over the top. This skin is wasteful, time consuming & messy to remove. Sometimes, hardened particles can clog spray guns, ruin the final finish or even destroy the remaining product.

HOW CAN WE GET RID OF THE PROBLEM?
Bloxygen uses ultra pure & powerful Argon to drive the oxygen out of your container. Simply blow the oxygen out of your container with Bloxygen & then seal the lid. The heavy, inert Bloxygen gases sink down to block oxygen from the liquid surface. Because Bloxygen is heavier than air, it will separate the liquid surface from any air that may remain in the container.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BLOXYGEN ?
Use all of your finish, not just the first half
Eliminate spray gun clogs & jams
Reduce your hazardous waste / product loss
Avoid paying a premium for small volumes of product
Improve the quality of the final application
Prevent changes in product chemistry during storage
Save time by making finishing easier/storage quicker
Store your leftovers safely, in their original, labelled containers

HOW WILL BLOXYGEN SAVE US MONEY?
Each can will provide 150 seconds of gas. That’s enough gas for 75 uses in litres. Given that premium varnish can cost $60 or more, saving just one half of one litre will pay for your Bloxygen. Each additional 74 uses are “FREE”.

CAN BLOXYGEN BE SHIPPED?
Yes. The containers are DOT-reg. 2Q plus (18 bar) aluminium aerosol cans & they are shippable ORM-D consumer commodity (UN# is 1006/2.2)

WHAT CAN WE USE IT ON?
Oil-based paint, varnish, polyurethane, catalysts, epoxy resins, photo chemicals, marine coatings, chemicals, sign paints, chemical compounds, auto-body chemicals, tung oil, wood fillers, urethanes, gun powder, some glue, refinishing chemicals & dyes.

Anything that “spoils” by reacting with oxygen or moisture will do better in a dry, oxygen free environment. Water-based finishes including latex & solvent-release finishes like lacquer will not benefit from Bloxygen since they don’t cure with oxygen.

HOW DO YOU USE BLOXYGEN ?
First, secure the extension tube into spray tip with twist motion

ALWAYS wear safety glasses

Hold container lid / top closely above opening of the container to capture the gas blanket

Spray inside for 2 full seconds (1 litre size or less)
Spray inside for 4 full seconds (4 litre size or more)

Replace lid on container immediately and capture the gas blanket.

The gases now settle on the surface to prevent further loss through drying & hardening

Each can of Bloxygen provides over 150 seconds of protective gas

WHO’S PRODUCT IS THIS ?
Bloxygen is a product of IronWood Designs. Since 1996 IronWood Designs has been selling this product using different manufacturers. Our product is made in the good old USA, and we use two facilities to manufacture our cans.

WHAT IF WE HAVE PROBLEMS WITH BLOXYGEN ?
We will make EVERY effort to satisfy any concern. There are only three problems that we have ever seen…

NOT ENOUGH GAS USED
The entire storage container must be purged.You cannot use too much gas.

SLOW LID SEAL / BAD SEAL
Once the container is purged, the lid must be immediately sealed into place. Make sure that the lid is spotless and dent free to create an airtight seal.

BAD FINISH
Once oil-based finishes absorb oxygen and skin over or gel, they will continue to have problems during storage. These finishes will
never be the same. Start with new finish and use Bloxygen each and every time it’s stored.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO USE THIS TO SAVE MONEY & PRODUCT ?
We recommend, as a best practice, that the container of product be opened, the required amount of finish poured into a second user container. Next, take time (and perhaps use a product called the ‘Paint Plow’, which ARDON also sells for a few dollars) , to ensure that the original lid seal groove is cleaned. Now use the Bloxygen to purge the product container, seal it, and store it. This will minimize the amount of time that oxygen & moisture can interact with the original product. The finish used in the secondary container should be used up or properly discarded. It will have been exposed to oxygen, moisture, an applicator (rag, brush, etc.) and cannot be returned to your container because of this contamination.

HOW CAN I TEST / DEMONSTRATE BLOXYGEN ?
The testing we do is simple. We use two 40ml sample bottles, *each filled halfway with the subject liquid. One vial is simply sealed as a “control” and the test container is carefully gassed with Bloxygen and then sealed. Once they are sealed, label & date them. To simulate use, open each vial once a week, remembering to use Bloxygen when sealing the test container. The sample protected with Bloxygen should remain the same as when new. Some of the unprotected “control” vials may get thicker as their viscosity increases; others will actually skin over unprotected in about a week. Check your sample by viewing the liquid moving around the Bloxygen vial and compare that to the rigid skin in the unprotected sample. Bristol Finish catalyst or Jasco Tung Oil or Behlen Salad Bowl Finish skin over or harden quickly and make for a great demonstration.

WHAT ABOUT OTHER SOLUTIONS?
For years this problem has frustrated woodworkers and finishers. Of all the attempts to solve this problem, none we’ve seen are as quick, as safe, or as successful.

What about marbels? Some folks try to eliminate the air space in their container by throwing marbles or rocks in the liquid. In addition to contaminating their product, they often find that cleaning the marbles results in lots of wasted time & product.

What about a smaller container? Transferring your liquid to a smaller container will reduce the air sprace, but you’ll still have oxygen in there. Since the labelling was on the original container, tracking the instruction labels & warnings could be a problem.

What about exhaling into the container? As scuba divers or paramedics know, the air we exhale is NOT oxygen free. We inhale 21% oxygen & exhale about 15% oxygen.

What about tipping the container over? Storing your leftovers upside down will only guarantee that the skin will form on the bottom of the liquid. Your finish will still be ruined.