Paint Strainers – now available

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Sep 082012
 

Paint Strainers

Filter foreign matter or undissolved solid particles found in various stains or finish coatings (Shellac, varnish, lacquer, stains or paints).
Paper cone with a full flow mesh tip for faster performance and no wasted finish left in the strainer.

We like these paper cone strainers for filtering of Shellac solutions.
Shellac resin with more natural organic materials may clog these strainers if used for first filtering. The Seed, Button and Black shellacs benefit by filtering through layers of coarser Cheese Cloth first.

available: FC8 – Pack of 8   &    FC20 – Pack of 20

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Mar 032012
 

H. BEHLEN Finishing
Finishing Products Label Text

Label information from the product packages in a
Type Size You Can Read

If you wear reading glasses (I do) the type face on some small labels
is so tiny
a magnifying glass becomes necessary.
Even worse, sometimes a stain drip or sticky fingerprint obscures
the application information, drying times, or other important label text
& some information is too extensive to fit on the product label.

These frustrations gave birth to our  BEHLEN Label Text & Data Pages

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Antiquax Furniture Wax

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Jan 062012
 

Wax Care & Protection for wood finishes

BROWN Wax Now available in a 250ml Tin
information  &  pricing

One of our favored waxes for wood furniture is a classic
Beeswax and Carnauba formula. Antiquax from England,
a traditional ‘Paste Wax Polish’, is an excellent example.

Early furniture finishes, applied by hand or pad, were expensive to complete.
Paste wax was found the best means to maintain finish integrity and provide long-term protection.

The English know that the best protection for wood finishes is a maintained layer of “wax polish” that will absorb abrasions, repel dust and protect against humidity.
A good Furniture wax (applied sparingly) is easy to apply and buffs to a warm glow with ease.

Antiquax Fine Furniture Wax Polish was originally formulated in the early 1900’s, by master woodworker Mr. Elliott of London for protection of his furniture finishes. In 1922 he approached Partridge Fine Arts, an antiques gallery in New Bond Street, London and asked them to sell it for him. The Original Antiquax Paste Wax Polish formula is manufactured today in Manchester, England. Antiquax is used by, museums, fine furniture collectors, estates, and furniture crafters around the globe.

Antiquax Wax should NOT be used on floors.
The formulation, ideal for furniture finish protection,
is too slippery to be safe as a floor wax. For floors, use a Non-Slip Floor Wax.

to: More Antiquax Wax information , & pricing

Waxing Furniture

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Jan 012012
 

Waxing Furniture & Fine Wood Finishes

Apply Sparingly – a little wax goes a long way!

For all wax polishing, wait until all the solvent evaporates prior to buffing.
Paste Waxes differ in composition; some blends require longer times for the solvent,
that makes for the ease of wax application, to evaporate.

It is important to apply all paste waxes sparingly, in a THIN EVEN coat.
This will assure even drying and yield an even sheen result when buffing
(a thicker area of wax will dry slower, and those areas will not buff
to as high a sheen).

If you buff too soon, the buffing is just pushing soft (uncured) wax around.
I usually wait (to allow the solvent to evaporate) on furniture makers waxes for an hour & up to 4 hours before buffing.
Use a Soft 100% cotton cloth (free of any seams or stitching) for buffing.
Old worn out 100% cotton t-shirts, linens, diapers and well used and laundered terry cloth will work well.
The softer the buffing cloth, the higher the resulting sheen.

On older pieces of furniture, and other wood surfaces, it is important to clean the item first of any dirt, oils or accumulated grime.
Residual oils, grime and some aerosol care products left on the surface can prevent the wax from drying properly and can lead to a splotchy uneven result.
Maintain and protect the waxed surface with another thin coat of wax as needed.

A good wax layer is the best protection from moisture, dirt and abrasion.
Avoid the use of all maintenance oils & silicone containing aerosols.

To: Paste Wax Polishes & care

Dec 192011
 

H BEHLENPore-O-Pac  – Paste Wood Filler

To achieve a perfectly smooth Gloss finish (Piano Finish), filling the pores  in open grained woods is required. One customer described this finish as looking like a Mirror, or as smooth as a freshly frozen skating rink.

While other procedures and methods have been practiced, a Paste Wood Filler specifically designed for the process will give the most predictable result.  Pore-O-Pac will efficiently fill pores to provide a SMOOTH, FLAT ground on which to build a sealer coat and several gloss finish coats required for a classic filled, mirror smooth, Piano Finish.

See the can label instructions & application notes.
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Sep 202011
 

Aerosol Application Tips

H. Behlen aerosols are convenient, portable tools that provide professional solutions for touch up and repair or wood finishing projects. This sheet is designed to provide users with common tips that are specific to our aerosol products.

H. Behlen Aerosol “Golden Rules”

1. Always use in a well ventilated area that for best results is at least 70 degrees.
2. Never apply near an open flame because aerosols are flammable.
3. Before using any H. Behlen Aerosol always shake the can vigorously up and down until the agitator balls inside are loose. Once the agitator balls are loose, swirl the can in a circular motion for 1 minute. This will thoroughly mix any colorants or flatting agents inside the can so that when you spray the can it will be what you expect it to be.
4. After use, always turn the can upside down and press the spray button until only propellant is coming out of the can. This will mean that you have cleared the tube and nozzle so the can will be ready to spray the next time that you need it.
Failure to do this could result in the tube or nozzle clogging, which will prevent the can from spraying.

Jet Spray™ Lacquer Toners, Master Toner & Guitar Toner Aerosols

•  Toners are used to shade color onto areas that have already been finished but are off color slightly or need additional accent color like sunburst on a guitar. Door or drawer edges are common areas where toners are used.

•  Toners are applied in multiple, light even coats. Avoid adding too much color too quickly by spraying on in heavy coats.

•  If the sheen is okay with the toner color, then it is not necessary to apply an aerosol topcoat over it unless;  a) you prefer a different or more durable final finish such as a Pre-Cat, or b) you need to adjust the sheen either higher or lower.

H. Behlen Sanding Sealers

•  Sanding sealers such as Top Coat Sealer and Jet Spray™ Sealer are used to provide a smooth and level surface for the final finish. Jet Spray™ Sanding Sealer is commonly used under nitrocellulose or acrylic lacquer topcoats. These nitrocellulose sealers are typically lower solids, which build slower than Vinyl Sealer and Pre-Catalyzed Sealer.
Most have sanding agents that powder when sanded. Jet Spray™ is a common sealer to use on furniture.

•  The Vinyl Sealer aerosol and Pre-Catalyzed Sealer are commonly used for cabinetry or other areas that will be top-coated with a pre-catalyzed finish or the Stringed Instrument Lacquer. These sealers offer higher build, increased moisture resistance, and are designed for higher traffic areas.

•  All sealers may be applied in light even coats. Usually, at least 2 coats of sealer are applied. Each coat should be sanded with at least a 280 grit abrasive, and top-coated with a final finish product.

•  No sealer is designed to be the final finish because they are typically softer than topcoat finishes.

 H. Behlen Clear Topcoat Finishes

•  Topcoat finishes include nitrocellulose, acrylic and pre-catalyzed choices that are available in different sheens, typically Gloss and Satin.

• Nitrocellulose finishes include Jet Spray™ Clear Lacquers, Water Clear Acrylic, Lacquer for Brass, Stringed Instrument Lacquer,

•  Top Coat Lacquer and Smooth Coat Lacquer, which are typically used on furniture and other indoor wooden surfaces.

•  Pre-Cat Lacquer is typically used on cabinetry and other high traffic areas where moisture resistance and durability are a concern because they cross-link after application and become harder and more durable than nitrocellulose lacquers.

•  When top coating a spot repair, apply the lacquer in light coats, fully depressing the spray head.

•  When coating a complete section, such as an end table top or the entire side of a table, apply topcoat finishes in light even coats.

To assure a smooth finish, we recommend that you apply the product by starting at the edge nearest you and spraying in overlapping lines (parallel to the edge) working toward the edge farthest away from you. Usually 2-3 coats are used

H. Behlen Specialty Aerosols

•  Jet Spray™ Blush Eraser is used to eliminate blushing (white, milky appearance of finish if applied in a humid environment), overspray (dry spray from the last coat that did not melt into the surrounding area leaving the surface feeling gritty) or to melt or re-flow a finish with light scratches that can be seen but not felt.  Jet Spray™ Blush Eraser is applied by misting it onto the surface very lightly. If sprayed too heavily, it will run or cause the finish to stay wet for longer than you prefer. This product can be used with any sheen.

•  Stains, Glazes may be applied as heavily as needed, and followed by removing the excess by wiping or brushing to color. Stains and glazes are particularly prone to clogging the pick-up tubes and nozzles if the aerosols are not cleaned properly after use.

•  Polishes are applied by misting onto the surface or onto a clean cloth, applied to the entire surface, and then buffed to the final luster.

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