Spa-N-Deck transforms deck

					Volume 9 - Spring 2007

HOW SPA-N-DECK WON                                                                                                                      page

Environmental and weather conditions        take long to convince me. I’ve depended     thing Spa-N-Deck helped us win,” says           3
                                                                                                                                         2     Stain removal
                                                                                                                                               made easy
                                                                                                                                               Another Spa-N-Deck
can affect the outcome of many things:      on Flood’s E-B® for a long time, so I       Ashe. “The business also benefits from                 success story
football games, golf outings, weddings—     know Flood products are reliable.” Ashe     a product that will ensure a quality finish.
and construction projects. The unique       quickly learned Spa-N-Deck had several      We have had several inquiries about the
                                                                                                                                        4      Using exterior
conditions in Australia are no exception.   benefits. “It has the ability to bond in    product since the Parade of Homes.
A fragile ecosystem, high UV exposure       and on the wood, provide a tough, durable                                                   5      Mildew murdered
                                                                                        I think we’ll be using more of it!" According
and airborne salt in the coastal areas      finish, and because you must apply it to
                                                                                        to John Willis, General Manager of Flood
can make quality construction a             the wood when it is wet, it saves
                                                                                        Australia, its ability to save contractors
                                                                                                                                        6      Oil stains removed
challenge. Here is one of Flood U.S.A.      application time. This is advantageous
                                                                                        time is what makes Spa-N-Deck so
customer’s story.                           in our environment because you never
                                                                                        unique. "Spa-N-Deck can be applied
                                                                                                                                        7      Stripping made easy
                                            know what the weather will be like. You
During his 20 years in the painting                                                     immediately—once the deck or wood               9      Penetrol product
                                            don’t need to lose time.” Ashe started
business, Jim Ashe, president of Beach                                                  surface is prepped, no dry time is needed.                round-up
                                            applying Spa-N-Deck to siding, roofs and
Painting Contractors, Inc., has learned                                                 You can see finished results in one day.”
                                            decks. He entered one of his Spa-N-Deck
to trust the advice of his employees. So,
                                            projects in the Outer Banks Parade of       Ashe began Beach Painting Contractors
                                                                                                                                        12     Propatellar bursitis
when one of his foremen informed him
                                            Homes shows. The entry took first place,    11 years ago. He was introduced to                     relief
of the UV resistance and durability of
                                            partly because of the siding’s quality      Flood’s Solid colour Deck & Siding Stain        14     Enhancing wooden
Flood’s Spa-N-Deck™, Ashe gave it a try.
                                            finish. “The natural cedar look is very     at a Flood Road Show. Beach Painting                   floors and furniture
“My foreman, who is originally from         desirable in this area and Spa-N-Deck       Contractors now consists of 20
Tampa, Florida, was familiar with the       provides a long-lasting alternative to      employees, 15 re-modelers and five              14-15 Spa-N-Deck,
product because of its popularity with      relatively short-term, similar-looking      foremen. Ashe is a member of Painting                 easy as 1-2-3
marina owners,” says Ashe. “It didn’t       products.” “First place wasn’t the only     & Decorators Association of America.

Spa-N-Deck transforms deck

                                                                                                                                                                      PHOTOS COURTESY OF RESTORE-A-DECK, BUDERIM, QUEENSLAND

  Before                                                                                   Before

  After                                                                                    After

Private jetty on Mooloolah Island, Queensland                                           New deck left to weather for 3 months in Buderim, Queensland
    Today, almost anything can be leased.                     before signing on the dotted line. Every                        and reduced risk when a business is in       lessee to fix their payments and deduct
    Cars, computers, stereo equipment and                     business varies, which makes the                                a growth phase. The short-term nature        them from their taxes. This can be done
    big screen televisions all come with an                   decision to lease or buy an individual                          of a lease doesn’t lock a business into      when buying equipment as well. Before
    option to lease. Although the decision to                 one. A tax adviser or accountant can                            one piece of equipment, which is             signing a lease, the contract should be
    lease or buy isn’t an easy one, when it                   evaluate business strategies as well as                         advantageous when the business is            reviewed carefully. The most important
    concerns the purchase of equipment for                    analyze critical information such as a                          growing. Another advantage of leasing is     contract item is the length of the lease.
    a business the stakes are even higher.                    cash-flow statement, operating statement                        its liquidity. The lease contract should     Most leases are in the range of two to
    Equipment is overhead – an investment.                    and balance sheet.                                              be structured with a purchase option at      five years, with three being the most
    Will leasing lower taxes? Will buying lower               Option Number One: Leasing                                      the conclusion of the contract that          common. Interest rates also need to be
    the payments? Which is better for a                                                                                       accurately reflects the equipment’s          considered. Rates can vary widely, making
                                                              An appropriate time to lease is in an                           market value. This results in lower up-      it essential to compare. Insurance
    growing business?                                         expansion year. While a high-profit year                        front costs, lower payments and better       coverage is another important item to
    These are some questions to address                       favors buying, leasing offers flexibility                       cash flow. The contract also allows the      consider. Is the equipment insured under
                                                                                                                                                                           the individual or the business? Finally,
                                                                                                                                                                           don’t enter into a lease that doesn’t
                                                                                                                                                                           accurately reflect the value of the
                                                                                                                                                                           equipment. This can result in the loss of
                                                                                Contractor Grade Caulking Guns                                                             tax advantages.
                                                                                                                                                                           Option Number Two: Buying
                                                                                                                                                                           Obviously, the primary benefit of buying
                                                                                                                                               The patented                is ownership. When the term is up, the
       CH-200 ‘The Professional’                  SH-111 ‘The Contractor’                        SI-300 ‘The Industrial’                                                   equipment is owned free and clear, as
                                                                                                                                               professional                opposed to signing a new contract and
       Commercial grade caulk gun with heavy      Lightweight commercial grade caulk gun         Industrial grade caulk gun for DAILY HEAVY
       hex-rod, spout cutter and seal punch.      with heavy hex-rod, spout cutter, seal punch   USE. Powerful 14:1 mechanical ratio           caulking guns               continuing payments. As mentioned
       Wide ladder hook. Plunger fastened with
       airline locking nut. Patented ‘Dripless’
                                                  and wide ladder hook. Heavy guage parallel
                                                  bars wrap around end caps giving extra
                                                                                                 reduces hand fatigue when using high
                                                                                                 viscosity products. And optional ‘Dripless’
                                                                                                                                               that don’t make             earlier, leasing offers some tax breaks,
                                                                                                                                               a mess.                     but when purchasing equipment,
       feature never needs replacement. 400       strength. Cut-away front cap for easy          feature provides the convenience of a
       gram capacity.                             loading. Patented ‘Dripless’ feature never     ‘Dripless’ application with acrylics and                                  depreciation, insurance, repairs, taxes
                                                  needs replacement. Easy Squeeze design         silicone based caulks. When the use of        • High quality commercial   and interest can be deducted. Tax issues
       10 YEAR WARRANTY.                          gives increased power with less strokes.       urethane and butyl based materials require                                aside, if ownership is the ultimate goal,
                                                  400 gram capacity.                             constant, even pressure, the ‘Dripless’         construction
                                                                                                 feature can be disengaged. Other features                                 buying is the way to go because
                                                  10 YEAR WARRANTY.                              are: Large easy grip handle. Rotating         • Spout cutter and punch    equipment will cost less in total when
                                                                                                        barrel. Ladder Hook. Seal punch.                                   purchased up front rather than at the end
                                                                                                               Heavy powder coating. 400
                                                                                                                                               • Patented Dripless
                                                                                                                   gram capacity.                feature eliminates        of a contract. Another problem that
                                                                                                                                                 caulk run-on              presents itself at the end of a leasing
                                                                                                                                                                           contract is excess wear. Most leases
                                                                                                                                               • Convenient ladder hook    limit wear to the equipment during the
                                                                                                 Our most
                                                                                                 powerful caulker                              • Quick and easy loading    lease term. Often, people would rather
                                                                                                 for the professional.                                                     buy than pay extra charges for exceeding
                                                                                                                                                                           wear limit. However, excessive wear does
                                                                                                 10 YEAR                                       AVAILABLE                   lower the equipment’s resale value.
                                                                                                                                               AT PAINT AND                Unfortunately, the leasing versus buying
                                                                                                                                               HARDWARE STORES             debate doesn’t have an easy answer,
                                                                                                                                               EVERYWHERE                  but knowing the pros and cons of each
                                                                                                                                                                           will help in the decision making process.

                                                                                                                                                                           SAFE AND EFFECTIVE
                                                                      STAIN REMOVAL                                                                                        SPOT AND
                                                                                                                                                                           STAIN REMOVAL
                                                                      MADE EASY
                                                                                                                                                                           Finally… new cleaning and removal
                                                                                                                                                                           products that are three-ways safe: for the
                                                                                                                                                                           environment, the end user and any surface.
                                                                                                                                                                           They are water based & biodegradable
                                                                                                                                                                           with no more powerful smells like traditional
                                                                                                                                                                           solvents and thinners.
                                                                                                                                                                           “Lift Off” products are effective and safe;
                                                                                                                                                                           historically products of this nature have
                                                                                                                                                                           been one or the other, not both.
                                                                                                                                                                           After years of scientific research,
                                                                                                                                                                           Motsenbocker’s Lift Off range has made
                                                                                                                                                                           a breakthrough in spot and stain removal
                                                                                                                                                                           by dividing spots and stains into three
                                                                                                                                                                           distinct categories that cover virtually every
                                                                                                                                                                           type of spot or stain. These products have
                                                                                                                                                                           been developed knowing it is scientifically
                                                                                                                                                                           impossible for one product to remover
                                                                                                                                                                           every type of spot and stain as all stains
                                                                                                                                                                           are not created equal.
                                                                                                                                                                           There are now three patented Lift Off
                                                                                                                                                                           products specifically formulated to remover
                                                                                                                                                                           these types of spots and stains. #1 water
                                                                                                                                                                           & protein-based, #2 petroleum and natural
                                                                                                                                                                           oil-based and #3 pen, ink and dyes. These
                                                                                                                                                                           products are formulated to do the work
                                                                                                                                                                           of dozens of specific cleaners and
                                                                                                                                                                           pre-washers and you don’t even have to
                                                                                                                                                                           worry if you accidentally use the wrong
                                                                                                                                                                           product as none of these products will set
                                                                                                                                                                           the stain or leave a mark.
                                                                                                                                                                           Lift Off also has two patented products
                                                                                                                                                                           for graffiti and paint removal that are both
                                                                                                                                                                           water-based and biodegradable. #4
                                                                                                                                                                           effectively removes spray paints, all types
                                                                                                                                                                           of oil-base paints, varnishes, lacquers &
                                                                                                                                                                           more from all types of surfaces including:
                                                                                                                                                                           concrete, cars, brick, metal, plastic etc.
                                                                                                                                                                           #5 removes acrylic based paints from all
                                                                                                                                                                           surfaces including: carpet, clothing,
                                                                                                                                                                           upholstery, brick, concrete etc. This means
                                                                                                                                                                           that the product will stand up to the tough
                                                                                                                                                                           performance standards of contractors,
                                                                                                                                                                           while not disappointing consumers by
                                                                                                                                                                           damaging delicate surfaces.
                                                                                                                                                                           To learn more about the Lift Off range
                                                                                                                                                                           log onto the Flood Australia web site
                                                                                                                                                                  and follow
                                                                                                                                                                           the prompts.
A decking project is something that
increases the value of your house and
                                              on the surface. SND Prep contains
                                              detergents and oxalic acid to open the
                                                                                             into his truck, we sat down inside and
                                                                                             had a cold beer and the deck was nearly
                                                                                                                                                FROM GRACO!!
also increases the value of your relaxation   grain and bring back the original colour       dry. I was so impressed with the job done          THE NEW AIR-ASSISTED
time, so quality time must be spent           of my timber deck. By scrubbing again in
researching the costs and benefits of         the direction of the grain it also opens
                                                                                             and how the merbau colour looked so
                                                                                             natural, Nathan explained to me that the
                                                                                                                                                AIRLESS FINE FINISH
particular products on the market to do
this project before hand.
                                              the pores of the timber. Most cleaners,
                                              no I think all cleaners say you let the
                                                                                             deck would not need maintenance for                SPRAYERS
                                                                                             about 2 years but that he could put me
I was pleased when I researched               timber dry before applying their products.     in his data base and give me a ring in             Graco’s new FinishPro™'99 390 and
Spa-N-Deck and found it fitted in perfectly   I was amazed to see that Nathan applied        about 18 months to give the deck a                 FinishPro 395 air-assisted airless
for what I wanted to do. I contacted a        the first application of Spa-N-Deck with       maintenance coat. He said prevention is            sprayers are designed for high quality
few contractors and found what they used      a pad applicator onto the timber while         better than the cure, it is better to give         fine finish applications with a finish
and was pleased when I finally contacted      the timber was wet after flushing off the      the deck a coat before it is let go too far        quality that rivals HVLP and the
Goodwood & Co who specialise in using         SND Prep. He explained to me that you          and begin to fade away. I thought that             production speed of airless. With a
this coating system and they pointed out      do this because you want the water to          was very comforting to know that Nathan            customized on-board air compressor and
the benefits and features of the Acrylic      capillarize the SND into the timber.           was interested in maintaining my deck              premium G40 air-assisted gun, these
Spa-N-Deck system.                            I said hang on what does that mean. He         and that he was proud of his work. I was           are true 2-in-1 sprayers with the ability
I was so pleased with the job done that       said, sorry this way the water drags the       so impressed that I penned this letter.            to spray both airless and air-assisted
I decided to editorialize the job. I now      SND into the timber.                           By the way he was able to coat the deck            airless. Both sprayers feature Graco’s
have a 24 sq metre deck made out of                                                          from Powerlift to SND Acrylic in about 7           exclusive Endurance™'99 pump that is
                                              Nathan and I grabbed a cup of tea while
merbau, as I liked the strength and the                                                      hours, and this in the one day and no              capable of pumping the heaviest of
                                              the first application dried into the timber.
colour of merbau timber. Nathan the                                                          smelly turps to annoy the neighbors.               materials without thinning.
                                              After small talk about the footy and golf
contractor, explained to me the benefit       we found the first application was dry in                                                         The G40 air-assisted gun features an
of using Flood’s Spa-N-Deck in the merbau     about an hour. He said that the ideal                                                             optimized air cap which delivers air closer
colour and cleaning products to keep the      application temperature is around about                                                           to the tip – resulting in a softer, more
timber stable and protected.                  25 degrees and a humidity level of 50%,                                                           consistent pattern – and RAC X™'99
The tannins in the timber need to leach       though today was little bit hotter and less                                                       SwitchTips™'99 which allow for easy
out naturally, most manufactures say.         humid so it dried a little quicker.                                                               clearing of clogged tips.
Unlike all other manufactures of decking      Through our discussions I found out it                                                            The FinishPro 395 has the added benefit
coatings, SND has a product called            was important that the SND was not                                                                of Graco’s patented SmartControl™'99
Powerlift which chemically (not harmful       applied on hot timber because it                                                                  pressure control that delivers the most
acids but detergents) brings the tannins
                                              would dry too quickly and not have                                                                consistent spray pattern without
to the surface and then you scrub the
                                              soaked into the timber. I thought this is                                                         pressure fluctuations at all pressures
deck in the direction of the grain and
                                              easy I might be interested in being a                                                             and a Digital Display that accurately
then flush off with water. Nathan explained
                                              Spa-N-Deck applicator, only joking                                                                displays spraying pressure. The
to me that you only use Powerlift in small
                                              though. Nathan applied the next                                                                   SmartControl pressure control also gives
sections of the deck at a time, because
                                              application of SND with the applicator                                                            the FinishPro 395 the ability to spray
the detergents need to work and not dry
                                              pad and it slid over the timber, he then                                                          at 3300 psi in the airless mode.
out before you can get to scrub the
                                              applied another application after the
surface. I thought that makes sense. The                                                                                                        This gives you the ability in Air-Assisted
                                              previous coat had dried, this seemed like
Powerlift brought the tannins to the                                                                                                            Airless mode to spray your high quality
                                              after an hour or so.
surface and changed the colour of the                                                                                                           finish projects at much lower pressures
merbau, so I was a little concerned, but      He told me one thing to remember in this                                                          with the speed of airless, great quality
Nathan said not to worry that is why the      process. It is very important to make                                                             finish and greatly reduced overspray. You
second part of the system needs to be         sure you use all the SND that you have                                                            can then simply by the flick of a switch
used and that was SND Prep. He said           allocated for the job, for it is so easy to                                                       convert the sprayer into an Airless
                                              spread it out further than it should go,                                   RS
                                                                                                                   4 YEA
Powerlift should always be used as the                                                                                               ces
                                                                                                                                                sprayer to spray your ceilings and walls.
first step in the SND System because it       and thus put on coats which are too low                               on ver
                                                                                                                        ANT                     Both FinishPro air-assisted airless
removes excess oil, as in eucalyptus          in film build. He said remember the first
                                                                                                                 GUAR RS                        sprayers feature a Lifetime motor and
                                              application which I put on, it was diluted                             2 YEA
timbers; grease as in most imported                                                                                         rizon
                                                                                                                                 tal su
                                                                                                                       on ho                    drive train warranty, as well as a 1-year
timbers like teak, and linseed oil an old     down by the water present on the and in
                                                                                                                                                warranty on the pump lower against
fashioned timber treatment.                   the timber. So it would appear that I could
                                         nd                                                                                                     defects in material and workmanship.
Getting back to my deck, the 2                use less product than I should, so what
treatment was SND Prep which was used         is important is not the number of                                                                 For additional information on the
like the Powerlift, doing only smaller        applications but the amount of product                                                            FinishPro fine finish air-assisted airless
sections at a time to allow the Prep to       that is put on.                                                                                   sprayers and other Graco contractor
work its way into the timber and not dry      He packed up all his gear and loaded it                                                           products please contract:
                                                                                                                                                Eugene Van De Straat
                                                                                                                                                0400 213 484 (NSW & WA)
                                                                                                                                                Jeff Nind
                                                                                                                                                0439 880 900 (QLD & NT)
                                                                                                                                                Stuart Jackway
                                                                                                                                                0417 351 250 (VIC , SA & TAS)

    Dekswood timber cleaner and brightener from the Flood Company will clean your
    old grey and dirty timber surface and restore it to a new condition without bleaching
    or moving the wood’s colour. Dekswood will not harm scrubs or plants and is
    easy on your hands. To use you simply apply to the surface with a scrubbing
                                                                                                                              can clean dirty, weathered,
    brush, allow it to work for 20 minutes and hose it off. Dekswood is sold in
    concentrate form and is extremely economical. One litre of Dekswood makes 5
    litres of finished product by just adding water. Available in 1, 4 and 20 litre sizes
                                                                                                                                grey wood better than
    from hardware and paint stores. For more information and a free sample contact
    the Flood Company on 1800 226 113.
                                                                                                                                   DEKSWOOD TIMBER
      Wherever there is the possibility of paint
      flaking, peeling or you simply don't know
                                                                              been used on all kinds of surfaces
                                                                              including old porous wood, chalky walls,
                                                                                                                                     CLEANER AND
      if that new paint will stick because of a
      poor surface or past bad history - E-B will
      solve the problem and do the job.
                                                                              roofing, aluminium cladding, MDF board
                                                                              etc. with excellent results. In fact, some
                                                                              painters use it in all their acrylics with
                                                                              a 50% blend for exterior jobs.
      E-B, the short name for Emulsabond, a
      daughter of world famous Penetrol, is
      mainly used as a stir-in bonder/primer
                                                                              Because you don't need to apply the
                                                                              E-B by itself, you save a whopping full
                                                                                                                               from Flood - without bleaching it.
      in all kinds of water-based paint both                                  application as well as the valuable time
      exterior and interior.                                                  it would have taken to apply that, plus
                                                                              you are off the job sooner and not so
      By 'stir-in' we mean just that. You simply                              dependent on the weather risks.
      add it into your first coat of paint and
                                                                               Here are a few examples where E-B will
      apply, thereby doing away completely
                                                                               save you lots of headaches and make
      with the need for a separate, time and
                                                                 your job more profitable, working on either outdoor
      energy sapping, coat of stabilizer. (Minimum 25% E-
                                                                 or interior substrates such as:
      B and max 50% on severe jobs - max 30% in white)
                                                                 • Dusty, chalky, porous surfaces
      When you apply the paint/E-B mixture to a wall the         • Distemper and whitewash - kalsomine
      E-B part of the mixture soaks deeply into the sub-         • Patio slabs, roof tiles, MDF
      strate making the paint 'looking out', so to speak,        • Drywall/plasterboard
      with the two components back to back stuck to              • Garden sheds, timber fencing
      each other ensuring the paint staying exactly
      where it is put.                                           As a great exterior 1-coat paint job
                                                                 on borderline 1-2 coat jobs. Super hiding power. Great
      E-B has stood the test of time both here and abroad.       for painting steel with water-based paint (50:50 blend)
      Jobs done here date back to 1986, when it was first
      introduced in Australia, and where E-B was applied         BUT MOST IMPORTANT:
      to dodgy surfaces it is still stuck tight. E-B has since   Substantial paint and labour savings.

    In order to get the best exterior painting                   When painting weathered wood, clean the                   are repainting masonry, at a minimum,        residual particle of it must be removed.
    results, it's often necessary to use a primer                wood and sand where necessary and then                    spot prime where the old paint has been      Then apply a corrosion-inhibitive metal
    or sealer before applying the paint. But                     apply a good quality exterior acrylic or oil-             removed. A good way to paint masonry or      primer. One of the best ways again is to
    deciding when to use a primer or sealer                      based primer. When working with previously                old wood etc. is to use E-B Emulsabond in    use E-B with acrylic paint or Penetrol from
    can be confusing. Let us explain why primers                 painted wood, scrape off all loose paint                  the first coat of acrylic paint. E-B         Flood with oil based products.
    are so important, and on what types of                       and feather-sand rough edges and bare                     Emulsabond is made by the Flood Company      Ferrous Metals: If there is any rust, remove it
    jobs they should be used.                                    spots before applying the primer. A good                  and has saved valuable time and money        with a wire brush, then rinse and allow the
    All top quality exterior primers help paint                  coat of Penetrol will make sure that the                  in restoration projects.                     surface to dry before applying an oil-based
    adhere better to the surface to be being                     new paint will adhere well.                               Aluminum or Galvanized Iron: First remove    rust-inhibitive primer. Use the Penetrol method
    painted. They do this by making the surface                  Stucco and Masonry: On new masonry, or                    any white powdery oxide, using a non-        for best results and provide added protection
    more uniform for the top coat, so that when                  older surfaces that are very porous, use                  metallic scouring pad or steel wool. Rinse   against future rusting.
    the paint is applied, it can get a better grip               an acrylic masonry sealer or primer. If you               thoroughly. If steel wool is used, every     The Best Re-Coating and Restoration Tools.
    than it would on the bare surface.
    Primers also help give the finished paint
    job a more uniform appearance in terms
    of colour, hiding and sheen. This is
    especially true when the surface being
                                                                   120 YEAR OLD PUB RESTORED
    painted is porous or is uneven in porosity.
    If there is existing paint on the surface to
    be painted, some primers can help prevent
    them from "bleeding" through the paint
    and ruining its appearance. Not all primers
    have stain-blocking capability. If you are
    interested in this feature, check the label
    to make sure the primer you purchase is
    the stain-blocking type. Most paint
    companies offer a range of stain blockers.
    Experts say that almost any exterior painting
    project will benefit from use of a top quality
    primer, but there are certain applications
    where a primer is essential: namely, when
    painting new wood, bare stucco or any
    surface that has not been previously
    painted. You should also use a primer
    when repainting an uneven or deteriorated
    surface or a surface that has been stripped
    or is worn down to the original material.
    Certain applications call for a specific type
    of primer.
    Wood: On new, unpainted wood, use a
    quality acrylic or oil-based exterior primer.
    While good acrylic primers will block stains
    from wood such as cedar or redwood, use
    an oil-based stain-blocking primer if the
    boards are particularly dark or highly prone
    to staining. Always prime and paint bare
    wood within two weeks of its first outdoor
    exposure to keep fibers from deteriorating                     The Job:                                                      The Result:
                                                                   E-B and Acrylic mix is applied to the cleaned surface. 6 years later - E-B Emulsabond has done it again.
    and reducing adhesion.
                                                    WHY YOU
   PAINTING                                         SHOULDN’T
                                                                  MURDER THE MILDEW
    TOOL IN                                         USE EXTERIOR
                                                                                                      Mildew it’s easy to spot: black splotchy stains on shaded surfaces.
                                                                                                      Bleach will clean off mildew but will not kill the spores that create it. Kill
                                                                                                      off mould and mildew completely by sponging or spraying Mould Action

   A BOTTLE                                         PAINTS INSIDE
                                                                                                      directly on to the effected surface area.
                                                                                                      Leave for 24 hours then wash the deposits off with a stiff brush dipped
Just in case you didn't know it, here                                                                 in soapy water and rinse. If left untreated, mildew will grow beneath the
is a tool that will make your work                                                                    new paint. Finish off by using VC175 mould treatment in your paint to
easier and much more profitable                     Exterior paint contains certain fungicides        prevent re-growth.
in any of these situations...                       and UV protective additives that are not
                                                    approved for interior use. Because of the
                                                    extreme conditions exterior paints are
                                                    designed to endure, the strength of the
                                                    preservative chemicals used may be
                                                    unhealthy in closed inside areas.
                                                    This begs the question, "Why would one want
                                                    to use exterior paint inside your home?" If you
                                                    are looking to get some of the qualities of
                                                    exterior paint, such as mildew or water
                                                    resistance, there are interior paints and
                                                    additives that can do the job just fine.
                                                    For example, there are special bathroom
      Brushing or rolling acrylics                  and kitchen paints that have very durable,
      NO ROLLER MARKS OR SPATTER,                   eggshell finishes plus tremendous mildew
          WITH IMPROVED HIDING                      resistance. There are also additives, known
  Brushing or rolling deep colours                  as mildewcides, that are designed for interior
FLOETROL ELIMINATES SHADING OR STREAKS              use. They can be added to any paint, even
   Rolling ceilings and cutting in                  flat ceiling paints and texture paints, to make
         IT'S NEVER BEEN EASIER.                    them more "bathroom friendly" and mildew
       NO BRUSH OR ROLLER MARKS                     resistant. One of those additives available
      Applying low hide colours -                   locally is VC175 Tropical Mould Killer
          yellows, reds etc.                        from the Flood Company.
Colour washing, sponging, ragging etc.
IMPORTANT: When you add 1 litre of Floetrol
to 10 litres of paint you get greater coverage
and enough material to do the work of 12 to 13
litres. That alone covers the cost. We won’t even
mention the time it saves you.
Floetrol is available in 1/2, 1, 4 and 20
litre packs from your local paint supplier
    The removal of ugly oil stains on the              manufacturer recommends pouring the
    driveway or unsightly grease stains on             solution over the entire stain, extending
    stone tiles around the barbeque is now             the coverage three centimetres beyond
    a reality with the arrival of a brand new,         the perimeter of the stain. It should then
    user-friendly product from the USA.                be left for between five to eight hours,
    Called Pour ‘N’ Restore, this citrus-based         by which time it will have turned to a
    stain remover applies new technology to            powder on the surface and the stain will
    the age-old problem of grease and oil              be gone. Oils stains that have soaked in
    removal from porous surfaces.                      and been there for along time may need
                                                       a second application, worked in with a
    Unlike conventional grease removers -
    that never completely remove the stain             stiff bristle brush and then allowed to
     - Pour ‘N’ Restore utilises Micro Extraction      dry. A video demonstration of how to use
    Technology whereby the liquid formula              Pore-N-Restore can be seen on the
    soaks deep into the concrete or masonry            website, by following the tabs.
    and locks onto imbedded oil molecule.              Pour ‘N’ Restore can be used on concrete
    The formula then draws molecules of oil            driveways, garage floors, pavements,
    to the surface, where the solution dries           patios, courtyards and BBQ areas, but
    into a fine powder. This powder is then            not on asphalt. It is also recommended
    simply swept up with a brush and dustpan           for commercial areas such as mechanical
    with no water needed.                              workshops, car parks and warehouses.
    You save effort and water. Now, you don’t           It will remove all types of oil-based stains
    have to use a high power hose and lots             including motor-oil, grease, hydraulic
    of water to wash away the usual grease             fluid, anti-freeze, animal fats, cooking oil,
    removing sprays.                                   tar and wax.
    On the environmental front, as well                For further information or details on
    as not wasting water, this revolutionary           local stockists, contact the Flood
    stain remover is phosphate free and                Company [Toll Free] on 1800 226 113
    biodegradable.                                     or log onto and
    When using Pour ‘N’ Restore, the                   follow the prompts.

    Some pros dunk pieces in a vat of                  brushed on a coat of the liquid-type stripper.
    chemicals. This method is the least                Methylene chloride strippers work fast and
    expensive, but too much chemical exposure          eat through almost anything. The chemical
    isn't good for the wood, and can damage            breaks the bond between the wood and
    the veneers and glued joints. Because of           paint and most finishes will come off in
    environmental regulations, some dip                sheets. For tough paints carefully scratch
    strippers have switched to flow-over               the surface of the finish to help the stripper
    systems, in which the chemicals are                get down to the wood. If you find yourself
    circulated through a pump and hosed onto           prying or scraping off the finish though, put
    the piece. Flow-over systems expose the            on more stripper or you'll damage the wood.
    worker to less chemicals, but the furniture
                                                       To strip a flat top use a putty knife to remove
    is still getting saturated with more stripper
                                                       the thick sludge, scrub the surface with
    than it needs. Stripping furniture is best
                                                       coarse steel wool and finished up with a
    done by hand. It does take longer, but it's
                                                       second dose of stripper. Carvings and
    easier on the furniture, and on the person
                                                       turnings require special attention. Use a
    doing the work. So if you do decide to have
                                                       scrub brush to work the paint out of all the
    a pro do the work, look for a shop that
                                                       nooks and crannies on the legs, but coarse
    does the work by hand.
                                                       twine and wood shavings also work well.
    Tools you'll need. Before you begin stripping,
                                                       For some vertical surfaces and difficult
    you'll need the proper safety equipment
                                                       finishes, use a paste-type stripper. These
    and a few tools. To protect yourself when
                                                       chemicals work when wet. Pastes have
    using any stripper, use an organic solvent
                                                       chemical retarders built in to block
    respirator with new filters, splash proof
                                                       evaporation, helping them stay wet longer.
    goggles, chemical-resistant gloves and an
                                                       To further limit evaporation, as well as your
    apron. To lather the stripper, cut down
                                                       exposure to the chemicals, consider
    natural-bristle paintbrushes as they make
                                                       wrapping the piece in newspaper, wax paper
    good scrubbers. Less expensive synthetic
                                                       or polyethylene sheeting and letting the
    brushes work with some water-based
                                                       chemical work overnight. If the stripper
    strippers but they turn to pulp the second
                                                       dries, you can reactivate it by brushing on
    they touch solvent. You'll also need a
                                                       a little more, and then scraping it all off.
    collection of scraping and scrubbing tools
    to remove the paint/stripper sludge. You           The only trick to stripping is to treat every
    can use metal scrapers and steel wool,             element making up a piece of furniture in
    but if you're using a water-based chemical,        exactly the same manner. Because the
    use plastic knives and abrasive pads;              chemicals and scrubbings affect the ability
    otherwise, metal particles will leave rust         of the wood to absorb stain and finish, give
    stains on the wood.                                every leg the same degree of attention.
    The work area. Choose a well-ventilated            Once the paint is off, you'll need to rinse
    spot when you work. Because many                   off any remaining stripper; otherwise, the
    chemicals in strippers are heavier than air,       chemical residue will react with the new
    they will sink to the floor and can be difficult   finish. Commercial stripper rinses are
    to get rid of, so basements are not a good         available, but you can also denatured alcohol
    choice. Some of the vapors can also corrode        or mineral spirits. Water-based strippers
    any metal parts of your water heater. For          can be rinsed off with water but the water
    maximum ventilation work in the garage or,         will wind up raising the grain, which will
    better yet, outside.                               mean more sanding later on.
    Do your work on a lipped metal tray that           After it had thoroughly dried, gave the piece
    collects the extra stripper into paint can         a finish sanding. After starting with a power
    and re-use the stripper until it evaporates.       sander, switch to a small cork-padded
    You can cover a worktable with several thick       block. Sandfast make excellent pads.
    layers of newspaper, removing the top sheet        Power sanders do tend to leave swirl marks
    as it gets caked up to expose a fresh              that will show when you apply the stain.
    working surface.                                   Avoid too much sanding. If a piece is
                                                       getting a surface finish, using 100-grit
    Taking it off. The speed of the stripping
                                                       sandpaper is sufficient.
    process depends upon the strength of the
    stripper and the stubbornness of the finish.       You are now ready to finish the project
    On some surfaces the paint begins to               and we'll discuss the best methods in
    bubble and blister almost as soon as it is         the next issue.
Insultec’s marketing company Mainstreet       over 1.5 million square metres applied in
Marketing says there are now distribution     Saudi Arabia alone; its nearest competition
opportunities for retail paint suppliers to   comes from the United States, in the form
on sell this unique product, which is         of ceramic based coatings. Insultec’s
Australian owned and operated, in the         reflect-ability and longevity has proved
past 17 years the sales of Insultec has       superior to ceramic coatings, the Saudis
been mainly in the export market.             prefer Insultec which has been in use
Insultec is an Australian success story       there for over 12 years.
on the International market. Now it’s         Insultec is an excellent product of choice
available for local resellers to capitalize   for Homes, Commercial buildings etc, it
on its success.                               can be applied to exterior roofs as well
Insultec claims have been tested for over     as walls, once applied it will not allow
15 years in both Australia and 23             the surface to heat up, on a hot day you
countries around the world; in fact it is     can walk across it barefoot. Insultec
the most tested product of its kind. Ray      treats the source of the problem rather
Brooks the inventor of Insultec said its      than the effect. It’s like being outside
unique formula cannot be copied, many         under a shady tree. The ambient
have tried he said, it has taken over 22      temperature is the same but it feels
years to perfect the formulae. . Many         cooler, this is due to the tree leaves not
scientist have tested insultec and they       radiating heat, like an iron roof or tiles.
all agree its truly a remarkable product,     Besides Insultec’s international success
Professor Richard Aynsley, formally of        there are also many local ones.
James Cook University, Townsville,
                                              Greg & Robin Bate run a printing and Office
conducted tests and confirmed that
                                              Stationery business in Qld, “We had our
Insultec to be the product of choice for
                                              warehouse coated with Insultec and noted
Education Queensland, for the Cool
                                              an immediate difference in temperature
Schools program in 1998.
                                              in the whole area. To confirm the difference   underside of the roof. The outside            A year later Channel Seven’s Today Tonight
The success of Insultec is world wide with    we had temperature testing done on the         temperature was measured at 33C. The          program on Energy savings featured Office
                                                                                             under roof area of the uncoated section       National and recorded the same figures.
                                                                                             of the building measured 55.8ºC, the          Insultec is ideal for all Commercial or
                                                                                             Insultec coated area measured 38C a           Home roof and walls (all types), Garage

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                                                                                             much happier staff”.                          Ken on 1300 880 602 or email

     Citristrip Paint Stripper is easy to use, yet very fast acting and
     will remove multiple layers of most paints from wood, metal or
     masonry in less than 30 minutes. To take care of coatings that
     take longer to soften, Citristrip stays active for up to 24 hours.
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    Here is a checklist of some of the little         accountant or bookkeeper put them in a            you have to perform tasks that are worth 6       No exceptions. If they can’t do the job there
    things where many contractors make                format that makes sense so that you can           figures. Keep a time card for yourself at 30     is no place for them in the business. Be
                                                      make proper use of that information. Conduct      minute intervals and then put an hourly rate     realistic of how many family members the
    mistakes. Have a good look and if there           monthly meetings and ask questions until          for every task you perform. Delegate or          business can afford. If the business goes
    is something you see that you should              you do understand it all.                         eliminate tasks that do not generate income.     bust, everybody looses. Most important –
    do – JUST DO IT NOW. The things you
                     .                                                                                  12. One job at a time                            there is only one boss.
                                                      6. Accrual v. cash statements
    get done now will never come back to              For your monthly financial analysis use the       Don’t start several jobs at once in an attempt
    haunt you later.                                  accrual method. You must know what you            to keep customers happy and finish up with
                                                      owe and what others owe you and what you          no one happy. Do one job until it is finishes
    1. Pay yourself a salary.                         have in the bank to know where you stand          and then move to the next one.
    Don’t mix your business and personal              financially.                                      13.Terminate difficult employees
    finances. Pay yourself a salary each month.       7. Cash needs                                     The employee you dismiss never keeps you
    Write a cheque and put it in a desk drawer,
    even if you can’t afford to cash it right now.    Cash flow has little nothing to do with income.   up at night. If you have a person who
                                                      If you do not have enough ready cash in the       complains a lot, misses time, drinks, doesn’t
    2. Computer Back-up                               business to fund salaries, purchases, rent,       fit into the team or whatever – let him or
    It is not a matter of if your system will fail,   equipment etc., prepare a cash flow plan to       her go. In a few weeks you will ask yourself
    as it will sooner or later, but when. You         help fix any cash flow problems. You will         why you did not fire them months or years
    should back up your files every day and have      sleep better.                                     ago.
    a back-up copy off site where it will be safe                                                       14. Make a will
    in case of a fire in the office. Also remember
                                                      8. Collections
    – a fireproof safe will not protect tapes or      Have a collection policy and stick to it. You     Regardless of the size of your business, you
    disks from heat damage.                           are not in business to finance others. Put        should have a will. Better still, meet with a
                                                      one person in the office in charge of             financial planner and do some basic financial
    3. Insurance                                      collections and make them follow a written        and estate planning.
    We all hate paying those hefty insurance          procedure. Use the phone to make contact.
    premiums but they are a necessary evil so
                                                                                                        15. Avoid risky jobs
                                                      There is nothing like the personal approach.
    make sure you are adequately covered. Get                                                           If a job looks too large or is for a customer
                                                      Statements often finish up in drawers and
    your cover from a reliable well known broker                                                        you do not know and you can’t take the risk
                                                      don’t solicit action.
    and not a friend. You have no friends when                                                          of not getting paid – don’t do it.
    you have a major insurance claim. Remember        9. Ask for cash discounts                         The jobs you never did won’t send
    that insurance is for disaster and not for        With the high cost of money not getting cash      you bankrupt.
    day to day mishaps.                               discounts is much more expensive than             16. Set job targets.
                                                      borrowed money.
    4. Theft or embezzlement.                                                                           It is hard to win or run a race when you do
    There are not many contractors whose shop         10. Customer lists                                not know how far you can go and how fast
    or office has burned down but many who            Don’t wait for past customers to call but         you have to get there. Set achievable targets
    have suffered from theft. Make sure you are       mail of phone them for possible repeat work,      and milestones so employees can use them
    insured for theft. It should not be expensive     especially when they have decks that need         as a guideline of what is expected from
    and be part of any standard business              maintenance. Your current customers are           them.
    insurance package.                                your lowest cost leads and should provide         17. Family members
    5. Accounting                                     regular income.                                   in the business
    If you don’t understand the basics or do not      11. Keep a time card on yourself                  A touchy subject at any time. Pay and position
    look at your books monthly, then have your        Want to make a six figure income? Then            family members like any other employee.

C.I.P is a commercial grade all                   flashing synthetics, a single coat of
weather primer made with Penetrol,                C.I.P with a 7 day curing time is
originally developed as a dependable              recommended before over-coat, it is
coating for ballast tanks for cargo               also an excellent protective primer
holds. It makes a secure base on                  for outdoor wood structures prior to
hand cleaned steel for any type of                painting. C.I.P has a reddish brown
top coating including 2-part epoxies,             matte finish; if this is the look and
urethanes, vinyl, chlorinated rubber              finish you are looking for, no top coat
and other catalysing coatings as well             is required.
as any type of conventional finish.               C.I.P has excellent resistance to water
Granular or tightly bonded rust need              immersion and condensation and
                                                                                                              deposits. It is a highly effective primer
not be removed either. Under high                 helps in de-scaling heavy rust
                                                                                                              for rusty surfaces as it does not bridge
                                                                                                              over the many imperfections present
                                                                                                              on any steel surface. Unlike
                                                                                                              conventional primers it fills every
                                                                                                              minute pinhole driving out air and
                                                                                                              moisture-the “food” rust needs to
                                                                                                              grow. Highly flexible it will not crack,
                                                                                                              peel or blister and does not require
                                                                                                              sanding prior to top coating.

                                                                                                              C.I.P is air drying with low odour and
                                                                                                              fumes and can be used in confined
                   THE BEST ANSWER TO RUST                                                                    areas without abnormal precautions
                   You won't beat Penetrol as a cure for rust.                                                and has high resistance to solvents,
                1 Saturate entire surface including rust lumps with Penetrol.
  2 After and hour or so, get a scraper and descale with the greatest of                                      petrol and hydraulic fluids. It does
  ease (no more hammer or wire brush) and remove all loose scale.
  3 Top up any hungry dry areas with more Penetrol until the whole                                            not change viscosity under virtually
  surface is shiny when dry.                                                                                  any paintable conditions and dries in
  4 Anytime after 24 hours apply a metal primer with 25% Penetrol
  and follow with top coat with 10% Penetrol.                                                                 relatively high humidity, insufficient
  Now you will have a tough yet flexible finish and no more rust.
                                                                                                              air circulation or low temperatures.

                                                                           Beautifies and protects wherever fine wood is used

Multi-purpose wood oil to enhance the natural beauty of fine wood

                                                                                Makes an effective   Lets you make your   Makes a great   Makes varnish
                                                                                 moisture barrier         own stain        wood primer    spread easily

                                                                                                           • Penetrates deep into the wood
                                                                                                           • Keeps wood ‘alive’
                                                                                                           • Is non-toxic when dry
                                                                                                           • Will never crack, blister or peel
                                                                                                           • Primes, seals and hardens in
                                                                                                             one application
                                                                                                           • Does not yellow
                                                                                                           • Will not show finger marks
                                                                                                           PENETROL WOOD OIL HAS MANY OTHER USES

                                                                                               PENETRATION X SURFACE FILM
                                                                                               Get the Benefits of Both in a Superior Wood Finish
                                                                                               Most finishes fall into one of two               finish, however, does not retain colour
                                                                                               categories – a surface sealer or a               as well as a surface film and can fade
     CAN MAKE OR BREAK A COATING                                                               penetrating finish. Various industry             at a faster rate.
     Have you ever had to really work a             use. Oil paints are known to brush well,   experts will argue the benefits of one or        Flood’s Spa-N-Deck 100% acrylic wood
     paint’s to cover a surface – scrubbing         but what happens when the can is left      the other, but why try to choose when            finish offers the best of both types of
     it into a rough sawn surface or                open and the mineral spirits begin to      you can combine the best attributes of           finishes by combining the superior
     continually dipping into the bucket to         evaporate? It can become thicker and       both into one finish?                            qualities of both penetration as well
     cover smooth walls? Or did your paint          drag. Adding more turps or white spirit    Surface films lie on top of the wood and         a protective and abrasion resistant
     run off the brush between the bucket           will help some but it also thins out the   do not dive into the surface as a                top layer.
     and the wall? Does is seem that some           paint – you have improved the rheology     penetrating finish does. While surface           Floods Spa-N-Deck wood finish is
     paints are more suited to spraying             but in the process you have lost hiding    sealers form a protective layer on the           guaranteed against cracking and peeling
     through a garden sprayer than to               and coverage at the same time. The         top of the wood, which allows for longer-        for 2 years on decks and 4 years on
     brushing or rolling? Or thick coatings         same thing can happen with water           lasting colour retention, they can be            vertical surfaces.
     look like paste in the roller tray, but roll   based paints.                              easily scuffed off with heavy foot traffic       To get optimum penetration from your
     out easily and without splattering?            Penetrol (for oil based paints) and        or sliding furniture. Surface films can          deck finish, Flood recommends cleaning
                                                    Floetrol (for water based paints) are      also clog the wood pores, and with               the wood from contaminants such as old
     IT’S ALL RHEOLOGY                              paint conditioners which will improve      repeated use, cause build-up that can            finishes, dirt and mildew. Before you
     Rheology is the resistance to flow of          the rheology of paint which is suffering   peel and flake.                                  apply a finish, use a surface prep product
     a liquid and is one of the key                 from poor weather conditions. When         A penetrating finish dives into the wood,        such as FloodPro Spa-N-Deck Prep an
     properties of any paint. In more               acrylics or oils begin to drag or become
                                                                                               working from the inside out and allowing         excellent product for opening the wood
     common terms it might be thought of            sluggish, adding the proper amount
                                                                                               for longer protection from nature’s              pores and enhancing the penetration of
     as the consistency of a coating. It is         of the right additive will improve and
                                                                                               damaging elements. A penetrating                 wood finishes.
     a description of a paint’s thickness,          fortify the qualities of the paint and
     how it picks up on the brush and how           the attitude of the workers - a win-win
     easily it applies to smooth or rough           situation, rheologically speaking!
     surfaces. Rheology not only affects
     how a coating covers the surface, but
     also determines how physically easy
     or tiring it is to apply – and that last
     property can cost you money. If a
     paint doesn’t flow or cover well and
     your crew hates to work with it, the
                                                                                                                                                                   4 YEA
     result will be disgruntled workers and                                                                                                                                          ces
     poor quality work.                                                                                                                                             on ver
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     rheology, the property can change with                                                                                                                            on ho
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                                                                                                                                            DEKS OLJE 1+2
                                                                                                                                            The Preferred Alternative to Varnish
                                                                                                                                            in Rich Matte or Deep Gloss Finish
                                                                                                                                            How to protect and beautify fine timber
                                                                                                                                            with the “Double D” Deks Olje system
                                                                                                                                            • Protects timber from moisture attack
                                                                                                                                            • Will never peel, blister or crack
                                                                                                                                            • Gives long term protection without
                                                                                                                                            • The easiest finish to maintain with
                                                                                                                                              low maintenance
                                                                                                                                            • Beautifies all types of timber
                                                                                                                                            • Never needs stripping of sanding

                                                   Do you have an
                                                    example how
                                               Flood products made
                                                   your life easier?
                                                If you do, call Flood
                                               on 1800 226 113 or
                                                E-Mail the editor on
                                                The Flood Company
                                                    will pay $100
                                               for every entry used.

Prepatellar bursitis is the medical
name for painful knee joints and
is caused by the inflammation
of small fluid sacs surrounding
the knee joints. The inflammation
results from friction between the
knee and hard surfaces such as
experienced by painters and
other tradesmen who frequently
have to kneel on such surfaces.
Painters find themselves in these
positions when painting skirting boards
and wall sections close to the floor.
Eez Neez Workwear Pty Ltd have recently
released white drill pants for painters
similar in styling to those currently worn
by other tradesmen incorporating flexible,
7mm rubberized pads, permanently built
into the garment as a knee panel.
Feedback from tradesmen after wearing
the Eez Neez garments with these inbuilt
kneepads suggest that problems with
sore knees, ingrown hairs in the knees
etc are virtually eliminated.
The pants are made from heavy
duty 100% cotton drill fabric with an
elastic phone pocket       plus other
pockets for wallet, pencils and tools
such as a spatula.
The big plus Eez Neez say is that the
pads are always in position when needed.
The garments are washable and can be
tumbled or line dried. There is no need
to take the pads out for washing.
Also they are available in a full size range
i.e. regulars, longs and stouts ensuring
the pads are in the correct position when
kneeling for different sized wearers.
They are available from leading work wear
outlets and selected paint outlets.

For further information
Ph 03 5261 9775
Fax 03 5261 9112
Here are a few hints to follow if you’re         the piece to settle down for a few hours
looking for easy ways to clean-up and            before the next step which is to give the
restore old or damaged furniture in your         piece a protective coat with Feed-N-Wax.
own home with little expense or outlay.
Restor-A-Finish is simple to use, extremely      Feed-N-Wax will deliver a wonderful light
effective and you don’t need to worry too        coat of carnauba wax protection while
much about which colour to use.                  feeding the dry wood beneath the surface.
                                                 Simply take a clean cloth, squeeze some
The colour or tint is only a wash which is       Feed-N-Wax into it and wipe onto your
intended to boost the existing colour of         furniture, allow 20 minutes or so to “set”
your furniture. It cannot dramatically           then buff to the finish you desire. To
change the colour of your piece. The real        maintain the great look that you have
work is done via the formularisation which       achieved you should dust and polish from
doesn’t dissolve but rather amalgamates          time to time using Howard Orange Oil.
with your existing finish and blends out         Pure Orange Oil blends with the Feed-N-
most surface damage as well as re-               Wax, which itself contains orange oil, and
enlivening and rejuvenating the look and         allows you to clean away dust and finger
life of the piece. To apply Restor-A-Finish      marks without removing all the wax. Every
to badly neglected or marked surfaces
                                                 few months you would be well advised to
you will need good quality #0000 grade
                                                 lightly re-wax.
steel wool. Howard Superfine steel wool
is ideal. When used properly and lightly         Here is a genuine comment posted in by
this will not scratch or harm your furniture     one of Howard Products many happy
at all, in fact it will smooth older rougher     customers:
surfaces and assist with the injection of
the fluid into the damaged surface. You          Thank you for the detailed advice you
simply tear a piece off one of your steel        gave me on how to restore my old oak
wool pads and pour the Restor-A-Finish           sideboard.
into it until it is squishy (wear latex gloves
                                                 Restor-A-Finish did what you said, it was
if you wish). Then you simply apply the
product going with the grain gently, but         amazing - It was like using an eraser to
firmly, in even strokes. When you’ve             clean away the marks and muck.
completed the entire piece you can buff          I am just thrilled with the result.
it dry and I think you’ll be amazed at how
good the difference will be. Now, allow          Vera Rothwell. Sydney

How responsive is your organisation's            time to stand back and take a long hard
customer service? Take this quick quiz.          look at management involvement and
If you can answer all the questions in the       company procedures. Good service does
affirmative then your company is most likely     not happen by accident. It is carefully
meeting or even exceeding your customer's        thought out and reviewed regularly. Some
expectations. If not, you could be losing        tenets of creating a service culture are:
customers and not really know why.               Management visibly supports superb service
1. Customer service standards are clearly        and “walks the talk”.
defined and applied consistently in all parts    Management ensures that staff have the
of the company. You don’t want the hard          resources and skills to deliver the service
work done by the sales department to be
                                                 promise. Ask staff what gets in the way of
unraveled by an unfriendly Accounts
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     We have three products before us; (1)             to remove any existing faded product,
     Powerlift (2) Spa-N-Deck Prep. (3) Spa-N-Deck     whether decking stain, decking oil, linseed
     Acrylic Coating, we need to have a clear line     oil or water repellant oil or any decking oil
     in the sand about these products.                 containing lanoline, you should use Powerlift
                                                       to remove this. Any film bearing product
     POWERLIFT: - Three detergents mixed
                                                       such as DWD, UVC, or acrylic decking
     together in a secret mix that works
                                                       system such as Wattyl, Haymes and
     powerfully on timbers. Let’s face it we have
                                                       Spa-N-Deck, if it is more than 3 years in
     to look at timber as a natural product and
                                                       the direct sun Powerlift could shift it.
     so in nature the timber is protected by
                                                       Remember this is not a paint stripper it
     natural occurring processes and these
                                                       contains no harmful ingredients, so any
     protectorates have to be removed to allow
                                                       film bearing product, that you wish to remove
     any decking products to soak in and fill up
                                                       has to be approached differently, such as
     the pores of the timber.
                                                       using Flood’s Citristrip to blister the film
     So we will look at two situations: new timber     and to scrap it away, then use Powerlift to
     and previously coated timbers.                    remove the rest, what is left. Again the
                                                       coating system is your choice.
     NEW TIMBER:- Timbers fall into the category
     of having natural occurring oils such as our      The second product we need to look at is
     eucalyptus timbers, natural occurring greasy      Spa-N-Deck Prep; it is a powerful medium
     timbers, mostly imported timbers from Asia,       with oxalic acid added to open the grain
     and lastly timbers which have a degree of         and to remove the last scraps of tannin
     tannin from brown to red and including            etc. when using the Prep. after Powerlift
     pinks as in jarrah and Fijian Mahogany and        the resulting process brings back the natural
     Tassie Ash etc. All of the above will have        colour of the timber. (Incidentally oxalic
     to be treated with Powerlift, to bring to the     acid is the toxic leaves of a rhubarb plant)
     surface those naturally occurring
     contaminants and then with the scrubbing          You will find if our cleaning process is used
     action to remove the surface contaminants.        you will get a better result and thus a better
     They are not bad contaminants so to say           job than any others on the market, if you
     because they protect the timber, but to get       choose not to use Flood’s Spa-N-Deck
     any new product into the wood they have           product you must wait for the timber to dry            4 YEA rtical
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     you wish you can just use Powerlift and
                                                       The third product we need to discuss is
     then what ever decking product you choose.
                                                       Spa-N-Deck Acrylic, this is a unique product
     If you do choose to go this way you have
                                                       and there is no other product like it on the
     to make sure the timber is suffiently dry,
                                                       market. It is unique because you save time
     but the natural occurring tannins will be
                                                       by not having to wait for the cleaning
     brought to the surface and then cleaned,
                                                       products to dry, you use the Prep. straight
     will leave behind a residue of colour which
                                                       after the Powerlift and while the timber is
     may be not pleasing, but if you wish, you
                                                       damp after the SND Prep has been used
     need to go no further in the cleaning
                                                       and flushed off you apply the first treatment
     process. Incidentally if you are going to use
                                                       of Spa-N-Deck acrylic using the water to
     Cabot’s or Feast Watson or Wattyl decking
                                                       draw it down into the timber. In simpler
     oils add 10% -15% Penetrol and you will
                                                       words it is a (1), (2), (3) process one after
     get better penetration into the wood.
                                                       the other and no waiting period. It is an “in
     PREVIOUSLY COATED TIMBER: - If you want           the timber, on the timber” product.

     Wood is making a big come-back. Many              are of heavier consistency, and go on in           any unsightly blemishes which may show            Because most wood finishes contain differing
     home owners want the good looks of                thicker coats. They may still reveal the texture   through the eventual finish. These two            amounts of pigments and since they are
     beautiful wood to enhance the appearance          of the wood, but not the grain. Because they       products are Powerlift and Spa-N-Deck             sometimes applied in just a single coat, any
     of their home. Whether it means building          are more highly pigmented, they have good          Surface Prep. Powerlift will remove residuals     mistakes in application procedures can be
     the entire home from wood with cedar or           "hiding" ability, which makes them a better        of old stain, preservatives and oils as well      quite noticeable. So, it is important to apply
     similar cladding or the most popular addition     choice for blemished wood. They are more           as tannin bleeds whilst Spa-N-Deck Surface        coats in the right way. When coating
     of a timber deck for outdoor entertaining.        or less a paint.                                   Prep will thoroughly clean the surface and        weatherboards or other cladding apply the
     This presents a unique opportunity for the                                                           restore the look of new wood without              finish horizontally, using either a brush or
                                                       All exterior wood finishes come in oil-
     progressive painting contractor to cash in                                                           bleaching it.                                     roller. Start at the top of the wall or surface,
                                                       based and acrylic-based formulations.
     on this trend. Not only is there a demand                                                                                                              coating all the way across, a few boards at
                                                       Oil-based finishes tend to penetrate wood,         New bare wood that has weathered for more
     for the finishing of new decks but with the                                                                                                            a time for their whole length to avoid lap
                                                       while acrylic finishes form a protective           than a few weeks should be treated first
     right follow-up there will be a demand for                                                                                                             marks. Then move on to the next lower
                                                       film on the surface. However there are             with Powerlift to open the pores and remove
     maintenance which a good painter should                                                                                                                boards and continue in this manner until
                                                       now acrylic wood finishes coming onto              mill glaze. Then follow with Spa-N-Deck
     take advantage of. Yet, while many painting                                                                                                            reaching bottom.
                                                       the market which combine both the                  Surface Prep. to clean the surface. Finally,
     contractors have a good understanding
                                                       advantages of penetration and top-                 carefully power wash the surface with plain       In a similar way, when staining vertical
     of paint, few are very familiar with exterior
                                                       coating. Flood's Spa-N-Deck penetrates             water to remove any residue of the cleaning       sections, apply the stain from the top to the
     wood finishes.
                                                       well with the first coat and forms a hard          material. All this will help to remove loose      bottom of each section before moving on
     To properly understand exterior wood              and abrasive resistant top coating with            fibers and provide a fresh, clean and stable      to the adjacent section.
     finishes, it is important to recognize that       subsequent applications.                           surface to enable the wood finish to deeply
     these popular products fall into three broad                                                         penetrate and adhere to the wood as well          Use a Quality Wood Finish
     categories. There are transparent (oils),         Surface Preparation - The Make or
                                                                                                          as offer a good base for the subsequent           Unlike paints, which are often applied over
     semi-transparent (oils or acrylics containing     Break of a Good Job
                                                                                                          top coats. Be careful to not mar or gouge         a primer and in multiple coats, exterior wood
     some pigments) and solid colour (paint)           One of the most important tasks is the             the wood with the power washer.                   finishes are typically applied directly to
     wood finishes.                                    proper preparation of the wood's surface.
                                                                                                          Old wood with residues of previous finishes       unprimed wood. Whatever product you use,
     Transparent wood finishes are applied in          It is essential when applying any type of                                                            make sure it is a high quality wood finish to
                                                       wood finish. The whole surface has to be           should be treated in a similar fashion.
     one or more thin coats depending on the                                                              Powerlift, Spa-N-Deck Surface Prep and            best withstand the elements and to maintain
     manufacturers recommendations. They will          free of all dirt, dust and mildew, before a                                                          a good appearance -- for example, a top
                                                       successful job can be achieved.                    power washing.
     look the best, highlight the grain of the wood                                                                                                         quality 100% acrylic exterior wood finish
     but unfortunately don't last very long in our     New wood often contains some mill glaze            Dirty, grey wood without previous finishes        such as Spa-N-Deck 100% Acrylic Wood
     U.V. rich sunny part of the world.                from the milling process, which often prevent      just needs treatment with Spa-N-Deck              Finish. Such a product will provide maximum
                                                       the finish from adhering properly. You can         Surface Prep followed by power washing.           adhesion to the wood surface, and will resist
     Semi-transparent wood finishes are also
                                                       remove mill glaze by either sanding with a                                                           fading and mildew growth much better than
     applied in relatively thin coatings that allows                                                      Applying Wood Finishes
                                                       suitable grit or use one of the new wood                                                             economy products will. Even so, keep in
     both the grain and texture of the underlying
                                                       care products on the market remove both            Whatever you may have done in the past -          mind that because of their relatively thin
     wood to show through. These will last for
                                                       mill glaze and help open the wood pores as         look carefully at the manufacturer’s              film, exterior finishes may need to be
     longer periods, anywhere from 6 months to
                                                       well as cleaning the wood. The Flood               instructions. Wood finishes and their             reapplied more often than paint. Flood's
     2 years depending on the brand, as the
                                                       Company have brought out 2 products which          application methods have changed over the         Spa-N-Deck is long lasting (3 to 5 times
     pigments in the coating will give more
                                                       prepare all types of outdoor wood for              years and unless the makers instructions          longer than conventional wood finishes and
     protection against U.V. damage.
                                                       successful coating. Not only will they remove      are strictly followed you may be inviting early   oils). They are the only wood finish that
     Solid colour wood finishes contain more           mill glaze and open the wood pores but it          failure of the finish and - equally important     comes come with a 2/4 year guarantee
     pigment than semi-transparent varieties,          also thoroughly cleans the wood removing           - the loss of a possible repeat customer.         against peeling, blistering or cracking.
                                                                                                 POWERFUL FACTS
    POWERLIFT DECK                                                                               ABOUT POWERLIFT
    SEALER REMOVER                                                                               Powerlift is a powerful yet affordable
                                                                                                 liquid remover formulated to lift old
                                                                                                 stains and finishes from decks, fences,
                                                                                                                                               products like acrylic / water or solvent
                                                                                                                                               / oil based paints. These coating products
                                                                                                                                               generally need to be removed by using
    The answer to removing tannin, old                                                           timber cladding and all other exterior
                                                                                                 timber with the utmost of ease. Powerlift
                                                                                                                                               either a paint striper like Citristrip or
                                                                                                                                               sanding. Once using Powerlift some
    oils and sealers from within new                                                             will remove old and weathered solvent         surfaces may darken from the tannin
                                                                                                 based decking oil and decking stains          that it has removed. If you are using
    and old timber, with out using bleach.                                                       and sealers, it will even remove linseed      Spa-N-Deck to coat the surface, brighten
                                                                                                 oil. One of Powerlift’s major jobs is to      the timber before hand using Spa-N-Deck
                                                                                                 remove tannin or sap from within tannin       Prep dilute 1:2 with water and apply
    Sap & Tannin                        GONE!                                                    rich timbers such as Merbau / Kwila.          evenly to the surface. If you are using
                                                                                                 It is the only product of its kind that       another coating system use Dekswood
    Decking Oil                         GONE!                                                    removes tannin from new timber.               instead also diluted 1:4 with water. For
                                                                                                                                               both these cleaning products leave for
                                                                                                 Some strippers are too strong or
    Decking Stain                       GONE!                                                    expensive for the job at hand. Many deck
                                                                                                                                               about 10 minutes to bring the timber
                                                                                                                                               back to its natural colour.
                                                                                                 cleaning products are only designed to
    Graying Timber GONE!                                                                         remove dirt or brighten a lightly weathered   Powerlift takes about 1-2 hours to dry
                                                                                                 deck. Powerlift is designed to do that        on the surface depending on the
    Water Sealers                       GONE!                                                    and much more. Powerlift handles the          conditions and temperatures. Powerlift
                                                                                                 toughest of cleaning jobs and is ideal for    is available in 2.5, 4 and 10ltrs and will
    Linseed Oil                         GONE!                                                    both Trade & D.I.Y projects.                  cover approx 4 to 6 sq metres per 1 litre.
                                                                                                                                               Cleaning up is a breeze as it is done
                                                                                                 The Process:
                                                                                                                                               with water.
    Available and ready to be used undiluted                                                     Apply Powerlift undiluted to damp timber
                                                                                                                                               When applying Powerlift follow common
                                                                                                 with a brush, lambs wool applicator or a
    in 2.5, 4 and 10 litre containers.                                                           spray. Work well in to the substrate with
                                                                                                                                               sense painting procedures.
                                                                                                 a stiff broom, leave for 10 minutes before    Wear protective glasses, wash any skin
                                                                                                 power washing off. Do not allow Powerlift     and other areas that come in to contact
                                                                                                 to dry on the surface. If stubborn areas      with Powerlift well with soap and water.
                                                                                                 remain, repeat the application in those
                                                                                                                                               Make sure to wet down and keep wet
                                                                                                 areas. Once you are confident the old
                                                                                                                                               surrounding plants to protect them from
                                                                                                 finish has been completely removed,
                                                                                                                                               any splashing that may occur during use.
                                                                                                 check to see if the water beads on any
                                                                                                 part of the surface. If the water does not    Powerlift can also become slippery when
                                                                                                 bead, you have successfully removed           used on smooth dressed timber; make
                                                                                                 any old coatings. If water continues to       sure you watch how you step. Once
                                                                                                 bead on any part of the surface after         finished, disposing of any excess product
                                                                                                 repeating this process, it means there        should be conducted in accordance with
                                                                                                 is still the previous coating left on top     local regulations.
                                                                                                 that section of the surface.
                                                                                                                                               Powerlift is available at selected hardware
                                                                                                 Powerlift will not remove any film forming    and paint suppliers.

PREPARING                                                                                        SPA-N-DECK PREP
IT RIGHT THE                                                                                     THE PERFECT WAY TO PREP
                                                                                                 AND TREAT YOUR TIMBER
                                                                                                 WITHOUT SANDING!
SPA-N-DECK Prep                                  not to let this product dry on the surface.
                                                 Spa-N-Deck Prep is a pre-treatment timber
                                                                                                 Quick and easy with dramatic
                                                                                                 results, with out using bleach
                                                                                                 easy to use and economical
Spa-N-Deck Prep Timber Cleaner is a specially    cleaner to be used on new timber or old         pre-treatment solution for
formulated detergent type cleaner for all        timber where all previous coatings have         timber. Use prior to use of
types of timber. This cleaner prepares the       been removed. Should there be any previous      coating products such as
substrate for all timber finishes including      coating on the surface, depending what it
                                                                                                 Spa-N-Deck and all other out
Spa-N-Deck 100% Acrylic Wood Finish.             is, you will need to remove using either a
Spa-N-Deck Prep is versatile enough to clean     cleaner like Powerlift or a stripper like       door timber coating products.
all types of soft and hardwood, as well as       Citristrip before using Spa-N-Deck Prep.        Spa-N-Deck Prep Cleans all
pressure treated pine. It restores and cleans
                                                 Spa-N-Deck Prep solution is a concentrate       types of timber including
silver grey timber back to its original beauty
without sanding, removes mill scale and          and is mixed 50/50 with water when              hardwood & softwoods, cedar
opens the pores of the wood to ensure            prepping timber prior to the use of coating     and pressure treated timber,
penetration of the finish, especially            products such as Spa-N-Deck. I litre diluted
                                                                                                 removes mill scale and opens
Spa-N-Deck. Ideal for both Trade & D.I.Y         make 2 litres and this generally will cover
projects, depending on the surface condition     approx 10 to 15 Sq metres, depending on         the pores of the timber to
and temperatures is touch dry within 2 hours     the surface porosity.                           ensure products penetrate
and is cleaned up easily in water.                                                               and bond to the surface,
                                                 Make sure to follow common sense painting
Application                                      procedures and wear protective glasses.         helps to bring back the
Apply Spa-N-Deck Prep to damp timber with        Wash skin and other areas that have come        natural colour from greying
a brush or lambs wool applicator then back       in to contact with the Prep well with soap      timber, removes nail rust
brush with a stiff broom to help agitate and     and water. Always dispose of any excess
                                                                                                 stains and residue from
loosen any surface impurities. Leave             product in accordance with local regulations.
Spa-N-Deck Prep on the surface for 10            Spa-N-Deck Prep is available at selected        tannin.
minutes before power washing off. Be sure        hardware and paint suppliers.                   Spa-N-Deck Prep solution is
                                                                                                 available in 1, 4 and 10 litre
                                                                                                 containers. It comes as a
                                                                                                 concentrate and is mixed
                                                                                                 50/50 with water making it a
                                                                                                 very economical timber wash.


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