Apollo ECO-MINI selected 2nd place Reader’s Choice in a recent readers survey in Woodworkers Journal.
Spray a fine coating while wearing a fine fur coat- from our collection of early ads. It is amazing what advertising was like in the early days of the company. Here are some examples.
The way you prepare the wood for finishing, whether by sanding as most do, or by scraping or planing as some do, has no affect on the way the wood will look with the finish applied. Different finishes add more or less color to the wood, but if you aren’t staining the wood, the way […]
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There are just a few essential things you have to know to create a beautiful finish, like oil and water don’t mix. The finisher can work with many variables and a good finish is assured when the variables are in sync. The finisher can control the viscosity of the coating, the psi, (if you are […]
A tip from our friend Charles Neil: waterborne finishes often lack that warm butter feel solvents offer. It is because there is always a slight amount of overspray that doesn’t burn in. A quick rub with a paper bag or some brown craft paper and it’s like glass.
Message from Bill Boxer. Upcycling is becoming popular. All of us woodworkers surely upcycled before there was a name for it. Years ago, I had a small grand piano that was hopelessly damaged. I took the back part of the top, refinished the gorgeous mahogany, attached 3 cut down legs with wheels and I had […]
Bill Boxer just visited the #Woodcraft Store in Harrisburg, PA. this morning. Thank you Mr. Winkler for your support. Please stop by and say hi when you are in Harrisburg.
Our latest customer and supporter is trained by Bill Boxer. Next time you are in Virginia stop by and see the folks over at Black Dog Salvage#blackdogsalvage.
As with any technical field, understanding the terminology of finishing is critical. It’s also critical that we all mean the same thing with the terms we use. With that in mind, here are some of the most common finishing terms, in alphabetical order, and their definitions. Bleach is a chemical that removes stains and, sometimes, the […]
The trick to pouring solvent from a full or nearly full can without getting the liquid all over the place is to hold the can with the spout near the top rather than the bottom. With the spout near the top of the can, air can enter easily to fill the void left by the […]
Happier Product I’ve always said, it’s not the elephants that’ll kill you, it’s the mosquitoes. The little things that quietly sneak up on your finish, that you don’t realize until it’s too late. We all focus heavily on spraying technique as paramount to achieving high level sprayed finishes. While technique is important, product control begins […]
Check out the amazing paint on this car, done with an Apollo Sprayer system
Don’t forget to visit us at our booth at the Goodguys 15th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals on April 10, 11 & 12!! There will be demonstrations and goody bags. learn more about our paint spray systems and guns to save money and time with your paint spraying needs.
Almost all furniture and woodwork finished between the 1820s and 1920s was finished with shellac. But if you want to test to be sure, here’s the way to do it. Put a little denatured alcohol on your finger and dab it onto an inconspicuous area of the finish, as shown in the accompanying picture. If […]
Dramatically reduce over spray with Apollo sprayer turbo systems and save money by using less paint. Find your solution to an efficient paint spray shop.
There are risks to spraying any type of solvent lacquer over any existing, and older, paint or finish. The problem is the lacquer thinner in the lacquer. A wet application can cause many paints and finishes to wrinkle or blister, even an old coat of lacquer itself. The two easiest ways to avoid problems are […]
It is important to maintain farm equipment to make sure the equipment works properly for many years but also does not rust or deteriorate. Painting with the proper sprayer is critical to a good finish and long lasting paint on the equipment. Whether for exhibition, restoration, resale or maintenance of existing equipment Apollo Sprayers will […]
The principle differences between nitrocellulose lacquer and shellac are ease of application and their ability to block off problems in the wood. Both finishes are evaporative finishes, meaning that they dry entirely by solvent evaporation; there is no crosslinking as there is with varnish and catalyzed finishes. As a result, both lacquer and shellac are […]
One of the fastest-growing areas of wood finishing is comprised of finishes that cure when exposed to ultra-violet light. The UV light causes these finishes to crosslink and cure almost instantly. This class of finish has a number of advantages over more traditional finishes, including almost total elimination of VOCs, less waste, less floor space […]