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Make your paint and other finishes last longer with a two-second blast of Bloxygen before you seal the container. The heavier-than-air, pure argon sinks to the surface of the liquid and displaces oxygen, which can cause the finish to cure in the can. As a result you’ll have less skinning, thickening, and spoiling.

The name comes from the fact that it blocks oxygen. Adapted from the food industry, the concept is simple: argon is an inert noble gas. It doesn’t react with anything, it’s non-flammable and non-toxic. There seems to be some confusion by some of the retailers claiming the gas is a mixture of gases including argon, CO2, and Nitrogen, but the manufacturer is quite clear on its website that it’s pure argon.

Each can of Bloxygen is good for about 150 seconds of flow — at two seconds a pop for a quart can of finish that’ll last you 75 uses. Pricing starts at $10 a can.

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8 Responses to Keep Your Finish Fresh With Bloxygen

  1. Kyle says:

    Why not use this instead. Cheaper, and I’m assuming does the same thing.

  2. Thanks for the great article. I’m the owner and patent holder for this product. I’m a woodworker first and brought this to market to help woodworkers and finishers with a long standing problem. Now they can just spray, seal and store…and use ALL their finish, not just the first half.

    Bloxygen does use ONLY ultra pure Argon. It’s the heaviest and most powerful inert gas we can provide. Our earlier product had a mix of gasses and we improved performance by limiting our content to the ultra pure argon.

    Call, write or fax with questions and I’ll help. Steven Zawalick, IronWood Designs. http://www.bloxygen.com.

  3. flarney says:

    It may be childish, it may be immature but how about you just fart in the can? Can’t remember is methane lighter than air. Can you tell I’ve hoisted a few after a hard day’s work?

  4. This is a really good solution for many types of uses. This stuff really works and is a great product. Good to see other people find it and try it.

    Don Seawater

  5. Fritz Gorbach says:

    I just use a little nitrogen from a bottle i keep for work…I believe that is what is in the wine savers also.

  6. Brau says:

    THe folks in my wine club claim nitrogen changes the experience of the wine. Which leads me to wonder …. would argon change the experience of the paint? Hmmm.

  7. Michael says:

    After 1/2 the contents of two $85 can of satin Waterlox skinned over, I bought two cans straight from Steven. No worries since. The stuff works as advertised.

  8. Brau questioned whether Argon would alter the paint or varnish. This is a good question, but the answer is even better. Because Argon is has all its electron shells filled, it is considered a nearly perfect inert gas. It is completely stable and resistant to bonding or reacting with any other element. Career chemists just simply understand this, but larger coatings manufacturers have still gone to the trouble of testing Bloxygen, just to ensure that the argon we use is as pure as we say it is. Sherwin Williams, ICA, Behlen’s, ML Campbell, NASA, etc. have all tested and approved Bloxygen. See our website for more or click the link and drop me a line. Thanks.

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