Monthly Archives: October 2009


Some folks have been ringing lately about a seasonal problem which is coming back into, well… season.

Applying the solvent-based subdued glosses (i.e. semi-gloss, satin, matt) is an acquired skill which can still catch out even experienced players.

The most common problem is finding glossy patches on an otherwise good finish. The reason for this is simple. All the subdued glosses contain a matting agent, like a powder. As the solvents are rising to cure the finish, so are the matting agents. If any catalyst occurs to speed up the curing, the matting will not rise sufficiently and you’ll end up with a plain old gloss. Catalysts can be things like direct sunlight or a slight draft near a window or doorway.

With this in mind, no preparation is too thorough. Mask off doorways or sticky window jams. Pull down outdoor blinds to prevent direct sunlight.  Don’t park your Piper Comanche near the front door with both propellers running full bore. That kind of thing.

Also, these subdued glosses need to “keep moving”. The roller should be moving well constantly to avoid lap marks. Lap marks are more of a concern with subdued glosses because the matting agent can make them more prominent.

– Launching Lagler’s blog

Welcome to Lagler’s new blog. We’re a bit new to wordpress, what with Lagler’s resident techno-geek being a bit of a blogspot fan. We’ve heard that all the smart, intelligent types use wordpress. But we thought, what the heck, let’s use it anyway…

We hope to regularly supply newsletters, new products, technical bulletins, expert advice and warnings on this blog forum and we welcome comments and suggestions from all comers.

The comments forum is an excellent platform for exchanging ideas or experiences, however we must stress the disclaimer that nothing in the comments forum is endorsed or recommended by Lagler Australia unless otherwise specified. Any advice taken is done so at the reader’s own risk, and we will delete anything offensive, inflammatory or misleading.

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