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  • Q: Dry times on Feast Watson products are quoted at 25C and 50% humidity, however the weather conditions when I coated are cooler/ more humid. How will this impact my coating?

    A: On the labels and datasheets for Feast Watson wood coatings, we have the following statement:” DRYING AND RECOAT TIME. All timings quoted at 25C and 50% humidity. Cooler or humid conditions may require longer.” What this means is that the recoat and dry times given for the product were when it was tested at these stated conditions (Note: 25C and 50% humidity is a standard laboratory test condition as defined in Australian Standard AS/NZS 1580.101.5:1999 Paints and related materials - Methods of test - Conditions of test - Temperature and humidity control). This does not mean that in weather conditions different to 25C and 50% humidity, a coating will not work. The coatings will work and will dry; they may simply dry faster or slower than the given times. For example: If the temperature was much higher than 25C, the coating will dry faster. Hence it will be necessary to work faster to keep a wet edge and avoid lap marks. If the temperature was much lower than 25C, the coating will take longer to dry. Hence you will have to wait longer before you can apply the next coat. If the humidity was much higher than 50%, the coating will take longer to dry. Hence you will have to wait longer before you can apply the next coat. There will be conditions in which we recommend you do not apply a coating. These conditions are also outlined on the labels and datasheets. “Do not apply this product in temperatures below 10C or above 35C, or when rain or heavy dew is expected during the drying period. At temperatures of 10C or lower, the coating would take too long to dry, and there may be coating problems (e.g. milky or hazy finish, uneven gloss, prolonged tackiness, etc.) At temperatures of 35C or higher, the coating would dry too fast, and there may be coating problems (e.g. patchy finish, severe lap marks, blistering, etc.).

  • Q: When coating a floor, can I coat if either the floor or air temperatures are 100C or below, or are likely to fall below that during the drying period?

    A: Coating should NOT commence if either the floor or air temperatures are 100C or below, or are likely to fall below that during the drying period. This relates to all coating types, whether they are solvent-based, oil-based or water-based. It is also important to note that the temperature of an interior floor is very often lower than the air temperature. A good example of this is how an interior timber or tile floor feels cool in summer even thought the air temperature is warm. Heating a room will increase the air temperature, but may not necessarily increase the floor temperature. In winter, always check the floor temperature before coating.

  • Q: My floor coating takes longer than usual to dry in winter, is there anything I can do to overcome this?

    A: During winter when temperatures are low, a coating can take longer than usual to dry. This in turn will lead to longer recoat times. To overcome this, we recommend the following. For Solvent-based polyurethane coatings - add up to 10ml of Feast Watson Thru Cure Catalyst per litre of compatible solvent-based polyurethanes. Do NOT exceed the maximum addition of 10ml of Thru Cure Catalyst per litre. For Oil-based coatings- add up to 5% Feast Watson Terebine into oil-based coatings. We also recommend sealing the bare timber with a sealer such as Feast Watson Maxiprime or Feast Watson Proofseal prior to applying the topcoat.

  • Q: When should I use a Wet Edge Extender?

    A: Feast Watson Wet Edge Extender is an additive that increases the working time of all compatible moisture cured polyurethanes without affecting the thickness of the coating. Temperatures of 30°C and above, high humidity and high airflow rates and large areas present wet edge challenges. Feast Watson Wet Edge Extender helps to overcome problems that could be caused by the coating drying too fast including poor leveling, blisters and the presence of lap marking. Note: It is not advised to apply coatings when the temperature exceeds 35°C as they may dry too quickly under the roller, resulting in a substandard finish.

  • Q: What is the difference between Feast Watson Tung Oil and Feast Watson Commercial Tung Oil? Are they compatible?

    A: There are two totally different products in the Feast Watson range that are named “Tung Oil”. Feast Watson Tung Oil (as sold in the retail market, and previously known as China Wood Oil) and Feast Watson Commercial Tung Oil (as sold in the commercial or trade market). Feast Watson Tung Oil is a traditional timber oil made from tung oil. It is a penetrating oil that gives a natural matt finish. It can be used on interior timber floors, furniture and other woodwork. Feast Watson Commercial Tung Oil is a blend of tung oil and polyurethane. It gives a satin finish; higher sheen levels can be achieved with 3 or more coats. It was specifically designed for interior timber, parquetry and cork flooring. This product is only available through trade channels. Feast Watson Commercial Tung Oil has much better wear and scuff resistance than Feast Watson Tung Oil. These two products CAN NOT be mixed together. Feast Watson Tung Oil CAN NOT be applied over Feast Watson Commercial Tung Oil. Feast Watson Commercial Tung Oil may be applied over Feast Watson Tung Oil with proper preparation.

  • Q: Can I change from an existing coating to Wet Look Deck?

    A. Yes. Timber coated with stain or oil can be coated with Wet Look Deck after the surface has weathered. Test if the surface is ready by sprinkling water onto the timber. If the water absorbs into the timber it is suitable for coating. If the water beads, further weathering, sanding or stripping is required. Painted or varnished surfaces need to be taken back to bare timber by stripping or sanding. Prepare timber for coating with Woodclean.

  • Q: Can I apply Grey Look Deck direct to grey weathered timber?

    A. Grey Look Deck is perfect over grey wetathered timber. However you must ALWAYS clean the timber with a suitable timber cleaner, such as Feast Watson Woodclean, before applying Grey Look Deck. Woodclean will remove any dead timber fibres and surface contaminants (including dirt) that could impede the even absortion of Grey Look Deck. It will also remove oil, mould or stains from your weathered timber- helping you to achieve the best possible finish.

  • Q: Which Feast Watson products can I mix Feast Watson Prooftint Traditional Stain into?

    A: Feast Watson Prooftint can be added to the following Feast Watson products, up to 10% mix ratio: Clear Varnish - Gloss, Satin and Matt; Fine Buffing Oil; Floorseal Oil; Mastertouch French Polish; Feast Watson Liming White (oil based); Prooftint Colour reducer; Timber Primer (also known as Fungishield); Tung Oil (also known as China Wood Oil); Sanding Sealer; Scandinavian Oil. Prooftint MUST NOT be added to Floorclear or FloorproofPro.

  • Q: What is the difference between Feast Watson Floor Paint and other ‘paints’?

    Feats Watson Floor paint has been specially designed to be trafficable and provide superior mark and wear resistance. With three coats it is a durable, hard wearing floor coating. Paints like Dulux Wash & Wear or Dulux Weathershield that have been formulated for broad wall application will NOT withstand foot traffic.

  • Q: Can Feast Watson Floor paint be used on Concrete?

    A: NO. Floor paint is suitable for interior timber floors only.

  • Q: How do I remove tannin stains from timber?

    A: On bare uncoated timber, apply Feast Watson Woodclean as per label instructions. Allow to dry thoroughly before applying coating. On coated timber, the staining will invariably be underneath the coating. Hence to remove the stains will require the coating to be removed totally. This can be done by either sanding, or by using a paint stripper in combination with power washing. Once the coating has been removed, the timber will need to be washed. Apply Feast Watson Woodclean as per label directions. Severe staining may require repeat treatments. Allow to dry thoroughly before applying coating.

  • Q: How do I restore Grey Timber?

    A. Timber loses colour and turns grey when the surface layer begins to deteriorate and collect dirt. By removing the surface layer of dirt and dead timber fibre, you can restore the freshly milled colour to timber. For timber that is grey but hasn't developed deep cracks, colour can be restored by removing the surface layer with Feast Watson Woodclean. The oxalic acid in Woodclean helps to remove the grey layer to reveal the fresh timber underneath. Timber showing signs of cracking may be able to be sanded to remove the grey surface layer.

  • Q: Do I need to apply a top coat after I stain timber?

    A: For exterior timber, No. Feast Watson Decking Stain and Timber & Deck Stain do not require a top coat. However, for a satin or gloss finish on vertical surfaces Timber & Deck Stain can be over coated with Weatherproof Varnish (Exterior). Note: Weatherproof Varnish is NOT suitable for coating areas subject to foot traffic. For interior timber: Yes. Feast Watson Prooftint Stain does require a top coat of a clear varnish to protect the surface. Two to three coats of Feast Watson Clear Varnish clear are required for durable protection.

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