Preparation for Interior Finishing
The standard of finish on any job will depend largely on how well the surface is prepared. Good surface preparation is simple and generally requires less time than most people imagine. It is important before using any type of finish to remove all traces of oil, grease or wax. This is easily done by rubbing down the surface vigorously with fine steel wool and mineral turps then wiping off any excess with a clean rag.
For new timber, it is generally sufficient to sand lightly along the grain. Oily timbers such as teak, mahogany, jarrah etc. should first be wiped down with turps to remove surface oils and ensure proper adhesion of subsequent coats.
Stripping previously coated surfaces
If the finish on a previously coated surface is in poor condition it may be necessary to completely remove the surface coating before re-finishing. This will depend largely on the type of finish to be applied.
Paint Remover is non-caustic, and quickly
and effectively removes conventional finishes,
eg. old paint, varnish, enamel, lacquer and
french polish from any surface.
It does not require neutralising, is nonflammable, and washes off with water.
Note: If the timber itself has been stained with a penetrating type stain, no stripper or bleach will remove the colour. This can only be done by wet sanding with wet and dry paper and lacquer thinners.
Filling Nail Holes and cracks
Timber Putty should be used to fill all nail
holes and cracks in interior timber surfaces.
It is available in a range of timber colours.
Note: Timber Putty is unsuitable for use
between floor boards or where movement