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Newsletter #102

#102

The Times They Are A-Changing and TheFinishingStore.com Leads the Way

Apollo Sprayers Introduces New Power Series

We’ve got some powerful good news for the turbine world this month. TheFinishingStore.com is proud to introduce three new Apollo Sprayers Turbines: the Apollo 835, Apollo 1035 and Apollo 1050VR. TheFinishingStore.com wants all our customers to have access to the rapidly changing world of coatings. This is exciting news and something you’ll be hearing a lot about in the next few months. You’re among the first to know, so welcome to our July Newsletter!

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Bill Boxer
Sr. Vice President and COO
Apollo Sprayers International, Inc.
bill@hvlp.com

The Newest Coatings Demand More Turbine Power

You may have noticed that the formulations (and performance) of coatings today are very different. There are a number of reasons for this change: 1) coatings manufacturers are working to decrease the use of solvents and additives; 2) environmental regulations are becoming more stringent; 3) our finishing customers are growing more aware of the need to protect themselves from toxins. This transition in formulation has resulted in coatings that are higher in viscosity, but the ability to thin them has become more limited. This has created a need for more powerful motors. Apollo’s advanced technology and engineering expertise have been skillfully combined in the creation of newer, more powerful turbines that maintain their lead edge efficiency.

An Insider’s View of Coatings

How does Apollo Sprayers (parent company of TheFinishingStore.com) stay ahead of the curve? Apollo’s Research and Development Department is perhaps the most knowledgeable in the business, enabling them to anticipate what’s coming down the line. They have excellent relations with several leading coatings manufacturers – to the extent of being asked to test their sample products in advance of their release, and advising how to achieve the best viscosities for HVLP sprayers. Just as important is the years of feedback from Apollo owners and prospective owners, which can bring to light a need that then inspires a new product idea.

Finishing by Flexner: Sheen & Flatting Agents

The sheen of a finish is the degree of light reflection when a surface is viewed at a low angle. In a high sheen or high gloss surface, you see glare or a distinct reflected image. In a low sheen, satin... Click the links below to learn more:

Powering Up

Apollo engineers have many choices when choosing turbine motors for their machines. This is a complex process involving lengthy study and experimentation regarding the power, efficiency and longevity of the possible motors. The next consideration is how the potential motor is mounted and ventilated to ensure the finest atomization and reliability. Correctly engineered, these factors lead to Apollo being able to offer consistently superior performance.

New Power Series Apollo Model 835

The motor chosen for the Apollo's TrueHVLP Model 835 provides 15% more power than alternative 3-Stage Turbines. The 835 gets excellent results spraying all solvent-based materials such as: enamels, lacquers, stains, polyurethanes, most HVLP compatible waterborne coatings and more. The 835 is designed for smaller-scale professional and home-based operations. An added feature is the Handi-Hold® Spray Gun Docking Station. It holds your spray gun vertically when it is not being used. The Model 835 comes equipped with the award winning Atomizer Spray Gun.

New Power Series Apollo Model 1035

If you are a woodworker, boat builder or restorer, automotive and airplane restorer and any finisher needing super fine atomization with the widest range of materials, consider the New Power Series Model 1035. The new 4 stage motor produces 12% more power than alternative 4 stage motors. The finisher can now spray higher viscosity materials with excellent results. Power Series Model 1035 will easily atomize solvent-based materials including: enamels, stains, lacquers, polyurethanes, catalyzed finishes, conversion varnishes, and linear polyurethanes, as well as any waterborne coatings, latex (emulsion) paint (use with Floetrol® or similar flow additive) and other specialized materials like faux paints and gel coat. If 2 people need to spray at once an optional Y-connector, allows a second gun and hose. The 1035 turbine comes equipped with the Handi-Hold™ Spray Gun Docking Station. The 1035 comes equipped with the award winning Atomizer Spray Gun.

New Power Series 1050VR

This new powerful 5 stage Apollo turbine has the latest developed features to enhance efficiency while atomizing higher viscosity coatings easily. The 1050VR has a precision LCD displaying atomizing pressure that is accurate to 0.10 PSI. The new Precision Pressure Control System (PPCS®) controls motor speed, voltage and amperage worldwide, adjusts automatically for altitude and barometric pressure assuring precise atomizing pressure anywhere in the world. You will always know when it is time to change the filter when the LED flashes red. The powerful 5 stage motor gives the finisher access to a multitude of coatings including: solvent-based materials: enamels, stains, lacquers, polyurethanes, catalyzed finishes, conversion varnishes and linear polyurethanes. The 1050VR also delivers superb results with waterborne coatings, latex (emulsion) paint (using Floetrol® or similar flow additive) and specialized materials like faux paints and gelcoat. The 1050VR comes with the Handi-Hold™ Spray Gun Docking Station to store, hold or transport your spray gun safely. The enhanced power and exclusive precision features of the new Precision Series 1050VR put you in control of the most advanced TrueHVLP system for industries and applications demanding precision technology for the perfect finish. The 1050VR comes equipped with the award winning Atomizer Spray Gun.

Introducing Safecoat® Polyureseal BP – Low in Toxins, High in Quality

TheFinishingStore.com has added Safecoat® Polyureseal BP to our list of special products. Safecoat® Polyureseal BP is a high quality low toxicity water-based clear finish. It comes in gloss and satin and is exceptionally durable and abrasion resistant. Safecoat® Polyureseal BP has a high solid content, very low VOCs and a low odor. It can easily take the place of conventional solvent polyurethanes and conventional water-based polyurethanes providing superb performance without the toxicity. Safecoat® Polyureseal BP can be used on unfinished (or properly prepared and sanded previously finished) wooden surfaces such as floors, furniture and cabinetry, and is excellent for gym floors and auditoriums. Use it with an Apollo Spray Turbine and it is a win/win for finishers: you create the perfect finish, and at the same time you meet or exceed the strictest air pollution regulations in the country. Safecoat® Polyureseal BP is available in Gloss and Satin, Quarts, Gallons and 5 Gallon Pails.

Great News for Woodworking Clubs Across the USA

Mike Anderson, a turner, cabinet-maker and expert finisher, has joined the Apollo staff as Director of Education and Trade Show Management. You may already know Mike as he has been speaker and educator for Apollo at The Woodworking Shows. Mike knows his stuff and he delivers great information with personality and style. Now, your Woodworking Club has a unique opportunity: Mike can visit your Woodworking Club for an evening presentation to discuss finishing, sponsored by Apollo Sprayers. The Club can also arrange with Apollo to have Mike present an in-depth, hands-on finishing workshop tailored for smaller groups.

On behalf of Apollo Sprayers Inc. and TheFinishingStore.com, Mike Anderson will bring special and preferred discounts for club members. So let your club members know about Apollo’s new program and contact Mike to set up a workshop. manderson@hvlp.com

MicroFiber Cloths – What Makes Them So Special?

A little while ago, a customer wrote and asked why our Micro-Fiber Cloths were not as cheap as those sometimes available in big box stores. Here’s what we told him, and we thought you would find it informative. First, all Micro-Fiber cloths are not created equal. When we considered adding Micro-Fiber to The Finishing Store we researched a number of products, tested them and also educated ourselves on the differences. Yes, there are inexpensive Micro-Fiber cloths and there are more expensive ones. Cloth size is one variable. Some are 12” x 12”, some are 14” x 14” and others are 16” x 16”. We decided upon 14” x 14”. Other factors include cloth quality, which relates to longevity of the product as well as the loop count and other manufacturing processes. We selected a product that we felt would meet the needs of visitors to The Finishing Store.com.

We are not a mass-market company, we are a specialized store offering selected, unique products for our customers specifically related to finishing. We price our products based on our costs and a fair and reasonable profit. If you have questions about our products, please feel free to contact us.

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The hidden message is "Times They Are A-Changing"

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