IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT PREPARATION USING RUSTINS WOOD TREATMENTS.
Preservatives and woodworm treatments
The floor may have been treated with these in the past, a test area (see below) is advised to determine any incompatibility problems with the coating chosen.
If the floor has been waxed at any time, it should be dewaxed by rubbing with white spirit and coarse steel wool, and wiping off the wax solution formed with clean rags or paper kitchen towels whilst still damp. Coatings are not compatible with wax.
To be carried-out after dewaxing and cleaning the floor (because sanding drives contaminants further down into the wood). A drum sander should be used working from coarse to medium then fine sandpaper grades.
Filling holes, dents and knots.
Ensure that these are not protruding as they will catch on the sandpaper.
Changing the wood colour
Rustin’s Wood Dye is available in 11 natural wood shades (which can be mixed to obtain other shades) and is applied to the bare wood before coating. If a lighter colour is required the wood can be bleached with Rustin’s Wood Bleach. To retain the palest/bleached look, use Rustin’s Acrylic Floor Coating which has the least effect on the colour of the wood. Bleached wood can also be dyed to another wood shade.
Using other manufacturers’ products with Rustin’s
It is not advisable to mix and match products (dyes/stains/woodstopping/coating) between different manufacturers as incompatibility may occur. If it is necessary to do so then a test area is advised to determine compatibility. Ideally, use only Rustin’s products with Rustin’s Floor Coatings.
Can become embedded in open pored timbers and cause black staining on Oak.
Where it is advised to do a test area, this involves applying all the products (in the correct number of coats) that will be used, to a small unobtrusive area. The customer must determine whether the chosen system is satisfactory.
COATING OTHER SURFACES.
Cork, Vinyl and Concrete etc.
Acrylic Floor Coating can be used to seal concrete, stone (acid cleaned stone must be neutralised), unsealed terracotta and quarry tiles. On power floated concrete dilute the first coat 1:1 with water. Rustin’s Plastic Floor Coating can be used on vinyl tiles, and on slate and stone where it gives a ‘wet-look’. All Rustin’s Floor Coatings can be used on cork tiles that have not been pre-sealed or waxed. All surfaces must be clean.
Overcoating existing coatings / varnishes
If overcoating an existing Rustin’s Floor Coating, use the same product as applied originally. If the original coating is unknown and not being removed by sanding, Rustin’s Polyurethane Floor Sealer can be used but the floor.