Sail Magazine article. Thank you to Sail Magazine and to boat maintenance legend Don Casey for the wonderful article in their November issue. Don correctly notes that finishes damaged by oxygen or moisture are really questionable as the basic chemistry has changed. Thanks for the review Don!
The Latest Bloxygen News (April 2017): Our Amazon Site is up and running!
Bloxygen is just a bit cheaper here, but you can buy from Amazon. Please make sure
it's sold from "IronWood Designs - Bloxygen."
The Wood Whisperer mentioned us on Friday. Check it out! Click Here
Our animated video is finally done! Check it out here
Here is a new graphic showing a varnish test. What do you think? Click for a full size view:
The plow and spout are shown in our Best Practices Video.
BoatU.S. Article. Thank you to Boat U.S. and boat maintenance legend Don Casey
for a great write-up in their newsletter:Article Link
Wood Magazine article. The November issue of Wood Magazine, on
page 12, contains a full page article on "Secrets to Keep Your Finish Fresh."
The editors at Wood correctly note that "keeping finish fresh requires limiting
the liquid's contact with oxygen and storing it at a finish-friendly temperature."
They discuss protecting the can seal, using a secondary container, and
preventing oxygen damage by either using marbles, using a smaller container,
or using Bloxygen. The choice, as far as we are concerned, is easy. Bloxygen
is quick, easy, and you can use your original, labeled container. In quarts,
Bloxygen costs about 15 cents per use. A sound investment if you can avoid
the hassle of damaged finish, filtering, or losing track of expensive finishes.
Peachtree Woodworking, a creative and proud Georgia based company with an amazing catalog now carries Bloxygen too. Their website says that the are "Building Lifelong Relationships" and "We are in the business of satisfying customers." We couldn't have said it better. A perfect fit. They have woodworkers meetings every Saturday. We're glad to be part of the family.
Editorial Approval! Don Casey, the prolific author, Sail Magazine contributor, and boat repair
expert, is a Bloxygen fan. In a recent email to us he says: "Your product makes the kind of stop
and start varnishing I do as bright-work maintenance so incredibly much easier. I do turn on
every other varnisher I meet to the varnish-saving magic of Bloxygen. I do not recommend
many products; this is one I do without reservation." Thank you for the excellent compliment, Don!
Editorial Approval! David Marks gave a really nice writeup recommending Bloxygen in the November-December issue of Woodworker West Magazine! Santa Rosa based, David's TV show, WoodWorks, was wildly popular in our home. His mastery of the craft is unquestioned and he is an excellent speaker and teacher. We're honored! Thank you!
New Products! As seen in our videos, FoamPRO makes a couple products that will help you save time, save waste, and get a good seal on your original paint cans. One is the Paint Plow and the other is the Fits-All Paint Can Spout. They will last you a lifetime and each is just $1.79 on our Purchase page.
Got Rust? We live on the coast of California and, I assure you, we do. Rust Bullet makes some amazing
coatings that can be used as a powerful rust preventers. See Rust Bullet for more. They now distribute
Bloxygen all over the USA.
The April 2011 issue of Woodworker's Journal contains a great article by Michael Dresdner called "Finish On Your Shelf: Use It or Lose It" which calls Bloxygen the "best choice" to prevent in-can curing of saved finishes. Michael notes that the EPA has estimated at 65 MILLION gallons of paint per year are thrown away in the USA.
Thank you to Sail Magazine and Don Casey (my personal hero and the go-to guy for boat repair and maintenance techniques). Don wrote a nice editorial response in the March 2011 issue of Sail recommending Bloxygen over a writer's idea of using a Pump N Seal to pull a vacuum on his leftover finish containers.
Bob Flexner, one of the big names in the finishing business, wrote an article on 10/13 called "Flexner on Finishing: Storing Finish Materials" which featured, you guessed it, Bloxygen. He says "There are a number of methods to extend the shelf life of varnish, including: ...Displace oxygen in a container with an inert gas (by using Bloxygen, for example)."
Welcome GRAINGER! The big boys! 600 locations worldwide.
Welcome Pinella's Paint! They specialize in high end paint and industrial coatings.
CLASSIC BLOXYGEN REPORTS:
FIVE STARS! for Bloxygen from Wood Magazine
The August 1998 issue features a RAVING review of Bloxygen. The review is based on their own shop testing and resulted in FIVE stars for performance, FIVE stars for value, and the 1998 Editors' Chioce Award. We couldn't agree more. According to Wood, "Bloxygen keeps finishes fresh and helps reduce waste. It's just the ticket..." See page 78 of issue 107.
Bloxygen was featured in Fine Woodworking magazine (issue #129, page 96). The
article, in the Tools and Materials section, contains an article written by Jeff Jewitt,
author and finishing expert. In the article, Mr. Jewitt says "The idea ... is quite simple"
and "[Bloxygen] performed well on oil-based products." As you could imagine, we're
Our own testing continues and we are constantly looking for new samples or ideas.
Please contact IronWood Designs and we'll arrange a test for you. Here's a photo
of our current set of vials. One set is a "control" and hasn't had Bloxygen...the other
set has been "gassed."