Volume 9 - Spring 2007
HOW SPA-N-DECK WON page
1ST PRIZE AT HOME SHOW
Environmental and weather conditions take long to convince me. I’ve depended thing Spa-N-Deck helped us win,” says 3
2 Stain removal
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
Private jetty on Mooloolah Island, Queensland New deck left to weather for 3 months in Buderim, Queensland
LEASING OR BUYING - WHICH IS THE BEST FOR YOUR BUSINESS
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
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
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
www.floodaustralia.net and follow
NORM’S SPA-N-DECK APPLICATION STORY WHAT’S NEW
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
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
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
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)
0439 880 900 (QLD & NT)
0417 351 250 (VIC , SA & TAS)
GET THE GREY OFF
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.
WELD ACRYLICS OR MASONRY PAINT ON SOLID WITH E-B
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,
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.
THE MANY BENEFITS QUALITY EXTERIOR PRIMERS
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
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.
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.
FLOETROL INCREASES HIDING AND SAVES
Colour washing, sponging, ragging etc.
WITH FLOETROL YOU CONTROL
THE DRYING TIME AND WET EDGE
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
A CLEAN SWEEP FOR
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 www.floodaustralia.net and
When using Pour ‘N’ Restore, the follow the prompts.
DIFFERENT WAYS TO
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.
WORLD’S NO.1 INSULATING PAINT NOW
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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
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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.
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Stationery business in Qld, “We had our
Insultec to be the product of choice for
warehouse coated with Insultec and noted
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Schools program in 1998.
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17 THINGS YOU SHOULD HAVE LEARNED
IN CONTRACTOR KINDERGARTEN
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
– 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.
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. THE HIGH SOLIDS, DEEP PENETRATING,
ALL PURPOSE METAL PRIMER
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
• Does not yellow
• Will not show finger marks
PENETROL WOOD OIL HAS MANY OTHER USES
PENETRATION X SURFACE FILM
GO WITH THE FLOW
HOW RHEOLOGY (BET YOU NEVER HEARD OF IT)
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
result will be disgruntled workers and ces
poor quality work. on ver
Even with paints that start with good GUAR RS
rheology, the property can change with on ho
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
• Beautifies all types of timber
• Never needs stripping of sanding
Do you have an
Flood products made
your life easier?
If you do, call Flood
on 1800 226 113 or
E-Mail the editor on
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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
EASY WAYS TO CLEAN UP AND RESTORE
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
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
CREATING A CUSTOMER SERVICE CULTURE
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
them providing excellent service.
Staff are involved in setting service
2. All departments work harmoniously towards
standards so that these are realistic and
a common goal and there are no solos.
engender their commitment.
3. Communication flows freely in all
directions and frontline staff are aware Regular training is a high priority.
so that they can answer all customer The customer service message is
queries. For example are all sales and communicated consistently and clearly.
customer service staff aware of your
advertising program? Service recovery procedures, e.g. responses
to complaints, are simple to implement
4. Access to key personnel is easy and and based on the needs of the customer
operating hours are designed to meet rather than being bureaucratic and focused
customers’ needs. on the needs of the company.
5. Everyone lives by the philosophy of “The
Success is celebrated.
Buck Stops here”.
Try the quiz out on your team at a specially
6. Presentation of everything (and
convened customer service think tank. You
everybody!) is exemplary.
might be surprised at the results. Staff will
7. Everyone takes responsibility for the know what your customers value as well
quality of customer service - all of the time. as the service “hot spots”. Just ask them
8. Customer feedback is continually sought for their suggestions for improvement and
- and acted upon. So what can you do if you are well on your way to developing a
your score is less than satisfactory? It is customer focused organisation.
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COATING SPA-N-DECK SYSTEM
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
to be removed so they can be replaced. If GUA ARS
2 YE rizont
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.
EXPERT TIPS ON EXTERIOR WOOD FINISHES OR THE BENEFITS OF
POWERLIFT, SPA-N-DECK SURFACE PREP AND A BIT OF ELBOW GREASE
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
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.
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
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
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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