Difference between floetrol and xim's latex x-tender?


Old 05-26-06, 10:22 PM
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Difference between floetrol and xim's latex x-tender?

I want to apply some mixwax polycrilic while minimizing brush marks. I was thinking of adding a extender. What is the difference between floetrol and xim's latex x-tender? Can they be used with water-based poly? The latex x-tender says it can be used with "latex varnishes" and ' water-borner clear coating". Does it mean it will work with water-based poly (polycrylic)? Thanks
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Old 05-27-06, 05:02 PM
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I'm not familiar with x-tender but assume it is comparable to floetrol. I would assume it would be compatable with latex poly.
It might be wise to mix up a small amount and test on scrap wood just to make sure. I wouldn't expect any problems
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X-tender is a retarder. Floetrol acts to reduce the surface tension of the water in water borne finishes. I don't have a bottle handy but I seem to remember that Floetrol advised caution when using with a clear finish.

The last time I used Polycrylic the finish had a blue tint. I usualy use BM Stays Clear acrylic. It flows better and has no blue tint.

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