THE RIGHT BLADE FOR THE JOB
The Orange General Purpose blade is a forgiving material soft enough to be used on most soft surfaces like other plastics, thanks to its natural lubricity and pliability. It also has good resistance to household and industrial chemicals making a great all-around blade for general use around the home or workplace. Ideal for use on wood furniture and flooring, LCD displays, glass stovetops and stone countertops, and many other soft surfaces found around us in every day life. This resistance to chemicals makes it ideal for removing decals with chemicals like acetone used to quickly break down the acrylic adhesives. This material is approved by Alcoa and Boeing for use on aircraft alloys.
A durable and flexible compound that stands out by its resistance to bleach making it ideal for use for pool and spa maintenance, as well as other areas where chlorinated chemicals are used. These blades provide a balance of pliability and strength, conforming to curves and rough surfaces with slightly better resistance to edge wear than the Orange blade. Good on ceramics and stone as well as laminates and vinyl, depending on chemical used.
This blade is made of a hard and more brittle material and is the most rigid. Its low flexibility keeps it flat when removing stubborn substances from hard flat surfaces such as glass or tile but is more prone to breakage under vertical pressure. This characteristic also increases edge durability under similar circumstances compared with other blades. Solvent must be carefully selected to ensure blade material will not break down.
The Black Industrial blades is an advanced engineered material ideal for trade professionals. Made of a highly durable chemical resistant compound, this blade offers a durable edge with high break strength yet flexible enough to conform to curved surfaces. Ideal for use where there is a lower risk of scratching the underlying surface and substance being removed requires heavy pressure. Similar to the Orange compound, it is suitable for use with chemicals used to remove RTV, other sealants, and pressure sensitive adhesive found in tape and stickers.
WEAR AND BREAKDOWN
MATERIAL AND SURFACE DECOMPOSITION
Plastics break down under various conditions and the same characteristics that make them ideal can also affect their durability. Since chemicals have the most impact on material decomposition, the use case should always be considered to ensure both surface will not be damaged and blades will not decompose.
Blades are designed with optimal scraping angle and edge sharpness. Edge sharpness is reduced with every stroke as the blade passes over the surface and becomes less effective in direct correlation with roughness of surface and hardness of substance being removed.
These blades were used to scrape barnacles from a 46' Beneteau.
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