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    Default Floetrol??

    Good day, What is Floetrol and where can I buy???

    Thanks, Dennis

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    Default Re: Floetrol??

    Floetrol is a latex retarder.

    I have seen it at both Benjamin Moore paint stores, Colour your world, and Sherwin Williams.

    It can be used to 'thin' latex paint for spraying, but have had good success with using it to brush/roll paint on furniture pieces. Lets the paint flow better and gives a much smoother finish.

    Here is a page on the product, there are others around, but can't remember the names of them.
    http://www.flood.com/paint-additive-...p?productId=12


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    Default Re: Floetrol??

    I had problems with getting the paint smooth with a consistent surface rather than somewhat blotchy with roller marks. This was with good paint probably Benjamin Moore IIRC. Adding Floetrol to the paint solved the problem.

    billh

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    Default Re: Floetrol??

    I believe some Home building centres also carry it.
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    GoodDay, As always prompt precise answers, Thank-you all!!

    DennisofDouglas

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    Default Re: Floetrol??

    If you are intending to spray the finish/paint, make sure the viscosity matches what the spray gun manufacturer recommends for their equipment. Floetrol is a "retarder" not a "thinner", it lowers the viscosity without affecting the solids content and allows more time before the finish/paint starts to cure, which means you are more likely to get sags and runs on vertical surfaces, especially corners.
    Practice, practice, practice, samples, samples..........you get the drift?

    Good luck..............Paul

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    I'm just getting in to spraying.........Floetrol works really well. I was surprised at the difference. Anyway, does anybody know if I can store the unused paint that has the floetrol already mixed into it? If so, for how long?

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    Default Re: Floetrol??

    According to the Earlex dealer i talked to at the hamilton wood show , floetrol is going to be hard to find because it does not meet the new voc regulations but paint companys are making new products that are similar that meet the new standards. I always thin down with water i works just as good and is cheaper. I have a good friend that works in the industry and told me not to waste my money i have used differnt products and water works just as good

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    Default Re: Floetrol??

    Floetrol was taken off the shelves at HD last Summer.
    I bough an equivalent at Benjamin More and it worked very well.
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