</span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Ed Sukach @ Apr 11 2003, 12:27 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>I contacted JOBO tech for information on a "Protectan" subtitiute - got a "You&#39;re on the List" answer ... so I&#39;m waiting.
</td></tr></table><span class='postcolor'>
JOBO did reply ... I received this back on Sunday, the 13th ... Someone dedicated enough to reply on a Sunday?&#33;&#33;&#33;


Subject: Protectan Spray
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2003 12:38 EST

From: Mark Williams <mark@jobo-usa.com>
To: `Ed Sukach&#39; <SukachEd@netscape.net>

Dear Ed,

Tetenal decided to stop shipping this to us, despite the fact that it sold well. I don&#39;t know why. The can was a mixture of propane and butane. I know of people who have stared using a plumber&#39;s torch (propane) to fill the bottles, and some who have used canned air from the enlarger area.

We have never tried or used argon gas, so I don&#39;t have any comment on that. You can check it out with the various online chat rooms dealing with photography and see if any one has used argon gas. For my money, the plumber&#39;s torch works fine. However, the company does not officially endoese this method (IE-some knucklehead will blow up their basement-even though Protectan is just as flammable).

Thank you,
Mark Williams
Customer Service
(734) 677-6989 X9440
Check out PermaJet papres at www.PermaJetusa.com


I appreciate this a great deal, not only for the "Sunday" response, but for the fact that Mr. Williams had the ba -- uh ... testicu .... uh ... *SISU* to honestly say "I don&#39;t know", instead of piling on a bunch of beef by product.

I&#39;m going to continue the search. I see, from the "Wine" sites that there are also "vacuum" devices used to withdraw air from opened bottles...

It could be that Tetenal was afraid of the "explosive knucklehead" and that was their reason for discontinuing Protectan.