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Application Guide - Above Waterline Application Systems

Brightwork

Awlgrip offers a range of products and systems for interior and exterior use, tailored to meet varying performance requirements for brightwork finishes.

Following the launch of Awlwood there are now three options for exteriors. These follow the simple "good, better, best" analogy with the recently launched Awlwood fulfilling the "best" category.

EXTERIORS


System I. Exterior Traditional Varnish System - Awlspar Classic Spar Varnish

Awlspar varnish is a traditional phenolic, tung oil varnish modified with state of the art UV inhibitors and absorbers. Awlspar is a fast-­dry material. Two and sometimes three coats can be applied in a single day allowing you to quickly apply a full system thus reducing varnish down time.

Awlspar is the perfect product for the traditionalist who wants an easy to apply, easy to repair product, and doesn't object to regular maintenance coats.

System II. Ultimate Exterior Brightwork System - Awlspar/Awlbrite Clear

This system combines the color highlights of the Awlspar Varnish to provide a traditional look, with the durability of the Awlbrite Clear in a fast recoat, relatively easy to repair combination of varnish and urethane coatings.

Awlbrite Clear has a unique blend of solvents that can be applied over Awlspar. This allows for the system to be sealed and protected by a tough, durable two–pack urethane that is easier to repair than other similar systems.

The rapid cure of Awlspar combined with the Awlbrite Clear eliminates the typical 30–60 day wait between varnish and urethane. The system can now be completed in little over a week.

This union of Awlspar and Awlbrite Clear allows you to have an easy application system, traditional appearance, and long term durability allied with low maintenance.

System III. Exterior Clearcoat System - Awlwood Primer/Finish

Awlwood is an exterior clear system that is made up of a Primer and Clear Finish. Containing Flex-Link™ technology, the primer locks onto the wood structure (even tropical hardwoods) resulting in superior flexibility and unrivalled damage resistance yet allows the natural color and grain of wood to shine through. This technology also creates the perfect base for the finish and, by combining the Primer and Cleartogether, there is a synergistic effect that results in an outstanding performing system that has extended performance and retains the same gloss, DOI and natural appearance as first application.

This system can be completed in less than a week.

Using one of the colored primers will result in a traditional appearance of a traditional varnish system yet the patented resin technology of the finish allows you to have an easy application system and long term durability allied with low maintenance.

INTERIORS


System IV. Awlbrite Interior Systems

A range of systems are possible using the Awlbrite System; these include a clear, bright, high gloss system as well as low sheen, satin system. It is even possible to combine Awlbrite with Awlspar to achieve a traditional finish with the wood protection of a two-­pack polyurethane.

Filling the grain is the key to the following systems. There are several options for this but the recommended Awlgrip choice is use of Clear Wood Sealer Fast available from International®/Interlux®. This applies direct to the wood for a rapid build up of grain filling coats and can then be overcoated with Gloss or Semi-Gloss Awlbrite Clear, Awlspar or even finished off in full color with Awlgrip and Awlcraft Topcoats for a lacquer finish effect.

Varnishing Tips

  • Coating brightwork requires the same basic conditions as other paint work. Surfaces to be coated must be clean and dry.

  • Use good quality, natural bristle varnish brushes. Natural bristle badger hair brushes are best. Thoroughly “wetting” the bristles before applying material helps prevent bubbles in the film.

  • Mix and use small quantities of Awlspar or Awlbrite Clear at a time. Keep the original containers covered when not in use.

  • Do not shake Awlbrite Clear or Awlspar. Shaking creates air bubbles in the material. When adding converter to Awlbrite Clear or reducer to Awlspar, hand stir only.

  • Apply Awlbrite Clear or Awlspar in shaded, well ventilated areas. Optimum application temperatures are between 70ºF (21°C) and 90ºF (32°C).

  • Avoid applying Awlbrite Clear to hot surfaces or in direct sunlight.

Excessive heat blisters the coating and makes it difficult to carry a wetedge. A surface that is warm to the touch, above 105ºF (38ºC), is generally too hot to paint.

  • Do not apply these products if temperatures are below 65ºF (18°C).

  • Do not move coated items into direct sunlight to dry. Direct sunlight will inhibit flow and may result in blisters.

  • Do not apply Awlbrite Clear or Awlspar when dew can form on the surface in the first 6 hours of cure. Be sure all surfaces are completely free of moisture before applying Awlbrite Clear or Awlspar.

  • Completely remove all sanding dust and residue. All surfaces should be cleaned with Awlprep before and after sanding.

  • Apply light, smooth coats. Heavier coats will not flow as well as light coats. Heavy coats are also more prone to solvent popping and blistering. When in doubt, put on a lighter coat.

  • When applying Awlbrite Clear or Awlspar Varnish, never use a brush that has been used to apply paint or primers.

Awlbrite Clear and Awlspar should be compatible with most conventional, oil based, penetrating wood stains. Apply a test patch of Awlbrite Clear or Awlspar to the stained wood to check for compatibility before continuing a project of any size. Stains should be applied according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

APPLICATION

System I. Exterior Traditional Varnish System - Awlspar Classic Spar Varnish

Properly prepare the wood surface. See the surface preparation for Brightwork Systems section for this information.

New/Bare Wood

  1. Apply one light smooth coat of Awlspar Classic Spar Varnish mixed 1:1 by volume with Awlspar Reducer T0016.
  2. Lightly sand the surface with 280–320 grit paper to remove wicks and nubs. Remove sanding dust and residue. Tack off with Deluxe Tack Rags #73009.
  3. Apply light, smooth, even coats of Awlspar Classic Spar Varnish 2–4 hours apart. Above 75ºF (24°C), 2–3 coats may be applied per day.
  4. Repeat this process until the grain is filled and covered, 6–8 coats may be needed. The exact number of coats will vary depending on applied film thickness and the amount of sanding.

    Keep sanding to a minimum. The only reason to sand is to remove obvious defects, or if more than 24–36 hours elapse between applications. The goal is to fill and cover the grain with varnish.

    A light rub with a Scotch­Brite® pad is often enough to break the glaze of the previous coat, providing sufficient adhesion for subsequent coats.

    Tip

    To make it easier to see the wet edge, dull the surface with a white or green Scotch­Brite® pad between coats. Rub the surface just enough to noticeably lower the gloss. This minimizes coating removal and dust while making it easier to see holidays and locate your wet edge when applying a glossy clear to a glossy surface.


  5. When the grain is completely filled and covered, lightly sand the surface smooth with 400–500 grit paper. Apply one final coat of varnish to restore gloss to the sanded surface.


System II. Ultimate Exterior Brightwork System - Awlspar/Awlbrite Clear

This system primes and seals the wood with Awlspar varnish. The Awlspar bonds to the wood and supplies the traditional amber cast of fine varnish systems.

Then the Awlspar is sealed with a full system of Awlbrite Clear Urethane.

Important

A test application of Awlbrite Clear over Awlspar should be done (if possible on a separate piece of wood) before full application is done. This is to ensure the Awlspar is cured.

Note: Pay particular attention to the overcoating interval between Awlspar and Awlbrite Clear, otherwise the Awlspar will be lifted if it has not cured sufficiently. At a constant 75°F (24ºC), or higher, the Awlspar will need to cure approximately 72 hours before the Awlbrite Clear can be applied. At 64°F (18ºC) it may be 7–10 days before the Awlbrite Clear can be applied.

The key to performance of a varnish system is applying enough material. This is especially true with Awlbrite Clear. This system calls for more coats than is necessary to achieve initial cosmetic qualities. If you stop the system when it looks good, or sand excessively, you will not achieve the desired performance.

Properly prepare the wood surface. See the surface preparation for Brightwork Systems section for this information.

New/Bare Wood

  1. Apply one light smooth coat of Awlspar mixed 1:1 by volume with Awlspar Reducer T0016. Allow to dry 8–12 hours.
  2. Lightly sand the surface with 320–400 grit paper to remove wicks and nubs. Remove sanding dust and residue. Tack off with Deluxe Tack Rags #73009.
  3. Apply 2–3 smooth coats of Awlspar. Use the Awlspar full-bodied or with as little reducer as possible.

  4. Allow to cure a minimum of 72 hours at constant, around the clock temperature of 75°F (24ºC), or above, before proceeding. At lower temperatures, 7–10 days may be needed.

    Test Application of Awlbrite Clear.

  5. Lightly sand the Awlspar with 320–400 grit paper. The Awlspar should powder sand; if it is still gummy or clogs the paper, stop and allow the Awlspar to cure longer. Re-check every 24–48 hours until the surface will powder sand.

  6. After sanding, remove sanding dust and residue, and tack off approximately two sq. ft.

    Mix enough Awlbrite Clear to coat this area. Apply two light smooth coats about 3-4 hours apart. If during the application of either coat you experience any of the following, allow to cure for a further 24 hours and re-test:

    • Excessive brush drag

    • Blistering

    • Bubbling

    • Crazing or cracking

    Then allow to cure for a further 24 hours and re-test.

  7. Inspect the test application area. The coating should be smooth and glossy with no blisters, bobbles, crazing, cracking, solvent pop or pin holes.


  8. If the test area is not satisfactory, repeat the test application on another area until satisfactory results are obtained.

    If the coating appears satisfactory, lightly sand the test area and the rest of the Awlspar with 320–400 grit paper.

  9. Remove the sanding dust and residue. Tack off with Deluxe Tack Rags #73009.
  10. Apply light, even coats of Awlbrite Clear. Allow a minimum of 3–4 hours between coats. Above 80°F (27ºC) apply as many as 3 coats per day. Allow to cure 8–12 hours.
  11. Repeat this process until the grain is filled and covered; 8–10 coats may be needed. Keep sanding to a minimum. The only reason to sand is to remove obvious defects, or if more than 36 hours have elapsed between applications. The goal is to fill and cover the grain. When the grain is filled and covered, allow to cure for 8–12 hours. Total DFT must be 10–12 mils (250–300 microns).


  12. A light rub with a Scotch­-Brite® pad is often enough to break the glaze of the previous coat, providing sufficient adhesion for subsequent coats. If you sand, use 400 grit, or finer, paper.

    Tip

    To make it easier to see the wet edge, dull the surface with a white or green Scotch-Brite® pad between coats. Rub the surface just enough to noticeably lower the gloss. This minimizes coating removal and dust while making it easier to see holidays and locate your wet edge when applying a glossy clear to a glossy surface.

  13. Lightly sand the surface with 400–500 grit paper. Remove sanding dust and residue. Tack off with Deluxe Tack Rags #73009.
  14. Apply two light finish coats of Awlbrite Clear. The coating will be ready for light service in 12 hours.

  15. For the finest smoothness and gloss, or to remove imbedded dust particles in the final coat, dry and hard Awlbrite Clear can be buffed with a fine grade of polishing compound. When buffing or polishing, use care not to remove excessive amounts of film. Use less effort near sharp edges and miters, the coating is generally thinnest in these areas.

System III. Exterior Clearcoat System — Awlwood

Awlwood is an exterior clear system, made up of a Primer and Clear Finish, containing a unique patented resin technology that results in a system that has outstanding performance for many years. This resin technology ensures that the Awlwood system retains the same gloss, DOI and natural appearance as first application.

Incorporating Flex-Link™ technology, the Primer locks directly onto the wood structure (even tropical hardwoods) resulting in superior flexibility and unrivalled damage resistance yet allows the natural colour and grain of wood to shine through. This technology also ensures that the Primer is the perfect base for the finish to give a superior system in comparison to traditional varnishes.

Important

Suitable application conditions: 4ºC–30ºC,
Relative humidity 30%–95%.

NOTE: Awlwood Primers cure by the mechanism of moisture in the air (humidity); very low moisture content in the air will lead to longer cure times. Do not use this product in an air-conditioned environment. If the product is to be applied in an environment where it is suspected that low humidity may inhibit the cure of the product, apply to a test area first. Decant sufficient product for 30 minutes use into a roller tray or working pot. Seal the original container immediately to prevent moisture exposure. Screw the cap on fully. A deep working pot is preferable to one that is broad and shallow to minimise moisture exposure and maximise pot life. Do not tip unused product back into the can.

Properly prepare the wood surface. See surface preparation for Awlwood for this information

New/Bare Wood Primer Application

Awlwood Primer Clear

  1. Apply by brush or roller until timber is saturated. Do not attempt to build a film. On very deep grained timbers such as Iroko and Wenge, do not flood-coat the grain. This will need to be filled using successive coats of Awlwood Clear Gloss.

Awlwood Primer Red & Yellow

Application Method 1 – Applying using a rag:

  1. Apply with a rag or staining cloth as per a rubbing stain. Make sure that the primer is applied to timber saturation but do not attempt to build a film. “Sticky” Primer can be overcoated with fresh material for 15 minutes or so after application. This application method tends to create less mess than the following if brush splatter (on decks, etc.) is an issue.

Application Method 2 – Applying using a brush or roller:

  1. Work in sections applying the Primer to achieve timber saturation.
  2. Remove excess material by rubbing with the grain using paper towels or rags which are frequently changed. Do not attempt to build a film.

Apply Primer to an area approximately 1.0m wide to prevent excess primer becoming tacky and non-removable. Wiping off excess primer right down to the timber surface is key to achieving a natural appearance. If excess Primer does become tacky apply fresh material up to 15 minutes after application to re-dissolve. The product will remain workable for ~5 minutes depending upon application conditions. Do not let wet edges dry for longer than 3 minutes before applying and overlapping the next section of primer.

Tips

Primer Bleed: Hardwoods with a deep capillary structure may “bleed” Primer as it cures leaving a spotted or bubbled effect. The clear primer can be tipped with a brush if wet, however the coloured primers should be wiped with a rag prior to the primer curing. If necessary, the rag can be moistened with Awlwood Brushing or Spray Reducer.

Masking tape: It advisable to use plastic making tape around timber areas bordered by paintwork if using the Awlwood Yellow or Red Primer. Drips splatter or bleed under making tape can be cleaned up with MEK, Acetone or Xylene on a rag providing the primer is uncured but may still stain.

More even colouration: On extremely absorbent timbers such as Spruce, the use of coloured primers can give a mottled appearance. In this situation, using the clear primer and adding no more than 10% coloured Primer to the topcoat will give more even colouration.

Mixing coloured Primers: All of the primers are intermixable. On soft absorbent timbers such as Cedar and Oregon, the coloured primer tint strengths can give an overly dark appearance. On these timbers, the coloured primers are generally mixed 50/50 by volume with the clear primer to reduce the tint strength.

Darker timber tone: This can be achieved by applying multiple coats of Awlwood Gloss with no more than 10% coloured primer added. Sealing timber with the intention of topcoating at a later time: It is best to apply one or two coats of Awlwood Gloss over Primers if the job sequence is to be broken. Sand well before continuing. The ideal time to apply the first coat of Awlwood Gloss over the Primer is 24 hours for chemical adhesion.

FINISH APPLICATION

NOTE: Awlwood Clear Gloss is typically applied by applying a specific volume instead of wet film thickness.

Whilst it is not necessary to sand between primer and finish application if necessary (due to grain lift or defect) or desired then ensure the primer is sufficiently cured before sanding. Refer to TDS for specific information on sanding times at various temperatures.

Applying over Awlwood Red or Yellow Primer

  1. If sanding is required, hand sand lightly with the timber grain using P400 grit paper or ScotchPad#7447 taking care to avoid sanding through the primer - this will cause uneven colouration.
  2. If a greasy timber has been primed or a contaminated substrate is suspected, solvent wipe with Acetone on a rag (wiping off with clean rags) before applying the topcoat. Contaminants from the substrate that float to the surface of the primer can compromise intercoat adhesion.

Applying over Awlwood Clear Primer

  1. If sanding is required, lightly hand or machine sand using P280–320 grit paper taking care to avoid sanding through the primer. If this occurs spot prime the area and sand carefully when primer has cured. Ensure any glossy areas are well sanded.
  2. If a greasy timber has been primed or a contaminated substrate is suspected, sand first, then solvent wipe with Acetone on a rag (wiping off with clean rags) before applying the topcoat. Contaminants from the substrate that float to the surface of the primer can compromise intercoat adhesion.

NOTE: If in cold temperatures and/or very dry conditions, the Awlwood Clear Primer feels sticky to the touch or cannot be sanded without clogging the paper after an overnight cure, allow more time before proceeding. Ideally aim to apply the first coat of Awlwood Clear Gloss within 24 hours of primer application to attain an optimum chemical bond.

TOPCOAT APPLICATION

Suitable application conditions: 4ºC–30ºC, Relative humidity 30–95%.
NOTE: Awlwood Clear Gloss cures by the mechanism of moisture in the air (humidity); very low moisture content in the air will lead to longer cure times. Do not use this product in an air-conditioned environment. If the product is to be applied in an environment where it is suspected that low humidity may inhibit the cure of the product, apply to a test area first.

Sanding is not necessary between coats if overcoating on the same day unless extreme drying conditions are present (full sun or high temperatures) in which case rubbing down with P280 grit paper will ensure good intercoat adhesion. For general indoor applications, sanding is needed if more than 24 hours elapse between coats. After sanding, remove sanding dust by vacuuming then warm water wash only using lint free cloths until surface is completely clean.

Tack cloths are not recommended. If contamination is suspected solvent wash the surface using only Awlwood Brush Reducer or Awlwood Spray Reducer before and after sanding well. Sanding of the penultimate coat, however, should always be carried out to give best results.

Brushing/Rollering
To obtain full grain fill, especially on Hardwoods with a deep grain structure, and to maximise finish, follow the below recommendations:

  1. Apply the first two coats of Awlwood Gloss at one day intervals, by brush or roller at 12/14m2/lt to ensure full grain penetration and fill.
  2. Sand each coat with P220–P280 grit paper to flatten the grain texture without sanding through to the primer. This will fill the grain more effectively, reduces solvent entrapment in the pits of the grain and minimises air bubbles forming in the topcoat before the grain is fully sealed. If any bubbles do occur from wet product displacing air in the timber grain, gently tipping these with a dry brush before the product cures is easier than sanding later and will, in many cases, seal the pinhole. Take care to not over-sand edges. Machine sanders can be used on build coats after an overnight cure.
  3. Apply a further 6 coats of Awlwood Finish within recommended overcoating intervals. As a general indicator, when one coat can be pressed with a finger without leaving an indented fingerprint, another coat can be applied. If the brush or roller binds with, or re-dissolves the previous coat, more drying time is needed. Alternatively if the cured film can be gently sanded with P220 grit paper without binding it can be overcoated. Applying multiple coats in a single day will reduce flow and levelling necessitating more sanding the following day however, multicoating is a useful means of attaining rapid film build. Good practice is to gently sand/scuff the surface at the start of each day to remove any texture, especially on vertical surfaces, and then multi-coat as above.
  4. Allow to cure for 24 hrs (18hrs at 30°C).
  5. Hand sand working up to P600 grit paper, working with the grain. Remove all sanding dust.
  6. Reduce the final coat of Awlwood 10% by volume with Awlwood Brush Reducer.
  7. Apply the final coat removing any heavy sags or runs but do not overwork the product. Once a non-running film is achieved allow Awlwood to cure and flow on its own – DO NOT CONTINUE TO BRUSH to remove brush marks etc.

Tip

In hot and/or windy conditions, Awlwood Gloss will tack up rapidly. To extend the wet edge and increase workability in these conditions thinning up to 10% with Awlwood Brush Reducer will assist.

Tip

If brushes are binding up with curing product during use, they can be quickly freed up by washing with Acetone, Awlwood Brushing Retarder or Awlwood Spray Reducer.

Spraying
Reduce Awlwood Clear Gloss up to 10% with Awlwood Spray Reducer if necessary or safely warm the can – do not use universal thinners. Apply by conventional spray.

To obtain full grain fill, especially on Hardwoods with a deep grain structure, and to maximise finish, follow the below recommendations:

  1. Apply the first two coats of Awlwood Gloss at one day intervals, by brush or roller at 12–14m2/lt to ensure full grain penetration and fill. If these initial coats are sprayed they may not flow in and fill the grain since there are no shear forces to force product into the grain. Spray application of these first two coats can also result in air bubbles breaking and forming near invisible pin holes which may show up as cissing on the next application of finish coat.
  2. Sand each coat with P220–P280 grit paper to flatten the grain texture without sanding through to the primer. This will fill the grain more effectively, reduces solvent entrapment in the pits of the grain and minimises air bubbles forming in the topcoat before the grain is fully sealed. If any bubbles do occur from wet product displacing air in the timber grain, gently tipping these with a dry brush before the product cures is easier than sanding later and will, in many cases, seal the pinhole. Take care to not over-sand edges. Machine sanders can be used on build coats after an overnight cure.
  3. Apply a further 6 coats of Awlwood Finish within recommended overcoating intervals. As a general indicator, when one coat can be pressed with a finger without leaving an indented fingerprint, another coat can be applied. Applying multiple coats in a single day will reduce flow and levelling necessitating more sanding the following day however, multicoating is a useful means of attaining rapid film build. Good practice is to gently sand/scuff the surface at the start of each day to remove any texture, especially on vertical surfaces, and then multi-coat as above.
  4. Allow to cure for 24 hrs (18hrs at 30°C).
  5. Hand sand working up to P600 grit paper, working with the grain. Remove all sanding dust.
  6. Reduce the final coat of Awlwood 10% by volume with Awlwood Spray Reducer.
  7. Apply the final coat ensuring no heavy sags or runs but do not overwork the product. Once a non-running film is achieved allow Awlwood to cure and flow on its own – DO NOT CONTINUE TO APPLY.

NOTE: Do not leave Awlwood Gloss in spray pots between coating applications.

Tip

Colouring Topcoats: For a richer more traditional appearance, up 10% of the Awlwood coloured primers can be added to the Awlwood Gloss. This should be done in the first few coats then overcoated with clear topcoat to attain the full coating thickness.

System IV. Awlbrite Interior Systems

New/Bare Wood

The key to performance of any varnish system is applying enough material. This is especially true with Awlbrite Clear Urethane.

This system calls for more coats than is necessary to achieve initial cosmetic qualities. If you stop the system when it looks good, or sand excessively, you will not achieve the desired performance.

Properly prepare the wood surface. See the surface preparation for Brightwork Systems section for this information.

  1. Mix by volume 1 part of J3901 base with 1 part of J3902 converter until a smooth, homogenous mixture is obtained. If brushing add 1/4 part of T0031 for the first coat. A suggested mix is 4 oz. Awlbrite Clear Base + 4 oz. Awlbrite Converter.
  2. Apply by conventional spray or brush. The first coat is best applied by brush as this offers the best penetration and grain filling. Allow to cure minimum 3 hours.
  3. For optimum results lightly sand the surface with 320–400 grit paper. Remove sanding dust and residue. Tack off with Deluxe Tack Rags #73009.
  4. Apply light, even coats of Awlbrite Quik-Fil at 3.0–3.5 mils WFT (80–90 microns) yielding 1.0–1.5 mils DFT (30–40 microns). Allow a minimum of 3 hours between coats.
  5. For open grain 1–2 coats should be applied. For flush filled surface apply 4–5 coats (number of coats will depend on type and condition of the bare wood). For optimum result in obtaining a smooth and even finish sand between coats.
  6. Re-coat with Awlspar, Awlbrite Clear, Awlbrite Semi-Gloss, Awlgrip or Awlcraft 2000.

For Awlbrite Gloss or Semi-Gloss application proceed as below:

  1. Mix by volume 2 parts Awlbrite Clear Base with 1 part Awlbrite Converter and 0.5 part Activator A0031. A suggested mix is 4 oz. Awlbrite Clear Base + 2 oz. Awlbrite Converter + 1 oz. Activator A0031= 7 oz. total.

  2. Additional Activator A0031 can be added to help maintain a wet edge in warmer weather, but the standard mix of 2:1:0.5 is required for proper cure. Mix only enough for one sealer coat. Apply one thin coat. Allow to cure 8–12 hours.

  3. Lightly sand the surface with 320–400 grit paper. Remove sanding dust and residue. Tack off with Deluxe Tack Rags #73009.
  4. Apply light, even coats of Awlbrite Clear. Allow a minimum of 3–4 hours between coats. Above 80°F (27ºC) apply as many as 3 coats per day. Allow to cure 8 to 12 hours.
  5. Repeat this process until the grain is filled and covered, 8–10 coats may be needed. Keep sanding to a minimum. The only reason to sand is to remove obvious defects, or more than 36 hours have elapsed between applications. The goal is to fill and cover the grain. When the grain is filled and covered allow to cure for 8–12 hours. Total DFT must be 10–12 mils (250–300 microns).
  6. A light rub with a Scotch-Brite® pad is often enough to break the glaze of the previous coat, providing sufficient adhesion for subsequent coats. If you sand, use 400 grit, or finer, paper.

    Tip

    To make it easier to see the wet edge, dull the surface with a white or green Scotch­-Brite® pad between coats. Rub the surface just enough to noticeably lower the gloss. This minimizes coating removal and dust while making it easier to see holidays and locate your wet edge when applying a glossy clear to a glossy surface.
  7. Lightly sand the surface with 400–500 grit paper. Remove sanding dust and residue. Tack off with Deluxe Tack Rags #73009.

  8. For a full gloss finish proceed to 6a. For a semi–gloss (satin) finish proceed to 6b.

  9. a: Apply two light finish coats of Awlbrite Clear. The coating will be ready for light service in 12 hours.

    For the finest smoothness and gloss, or to remove imbedded dust particles in the final coat, dry and hard Awlbrite Clear can be buffed with a fine grade of polishing compound. When buffing or polishing, use care not to remove excessive amounts of film. Use less effort near sharp edges and miters, the coating is generally thinnest in these areas.


    b: Apply two light finish coats of Awlbrite Semi­-Gloss. The coating will be ready for light service in 12 hours.

    For the finest smoothness and gloss, or to remove imbedded dust particles in the final coat, dry and hard Awlbrite Semi­-Gloss can be buffed with a fine grade of polishing compound. When buffing or polishing, use care not to remove excessive amounts of film. Use less effort near sharp edges and miters, the coating is generally thinnest in these areas.