Waterlox Product Application Guide

Below are instructions for applying Waterlox products to your wood surface. These instructions are based on the finishing system provided below. To create a new finishing system, click here.

Introduction

Your Required Products

Waterlox ORIGINAL Sealer/Finish
Quart Size (1 qty)

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Waterlox ORIGINAL Finishes
Quart Size (1 qty)

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Your Finishing System

1
1st Coat
Waterlox ORIGINAL Sealer/Finish
Waterlox ORIGINAL Sealer/Finish

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2
2nd Coat
Waterlox ORIGINAL Finishes
Waterlox ORIGINAL Finishes

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3
3rd Coat
Waterlox ORIGINAL Finishes
Waterlox ORIGINAL Finishes

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Getting Started

Application Tools

For safety:
  • Chemical resistant gloves and eye protection (e.g.: safety glasses and/or goggles), hearing protection if using mechanical equipment
  • A NIOSH/MSHA approved respirator fitted with an organic cartridge and a NIOSH/MSHA approved dusk mask (if sanding)
  • Read and carefully follow label instructions, guidelines, warnings and cautions.
For general use:
  • A vacuum, broom and clean, lint-free rags
  • Regular mineral spirits, turpentine or paint thinner (if regular mineral spirits or paint thinner is not available in your area, there are alternatives, visit waterlox.com/mineralspirits)
  • Painter's tape
  • Box fan(s) (optional) to insure cross-ventilation and adequate dry
For applying ORIGINAL product(s):
  • A natural bristle paint brush for oil based paints (this type of brush will hold more finish than a synthetic bristle brush) or a lamb's wool paint pad
  • A container that allows decanting of the amount of finish to be used for the project
  • 320 grit sandpaper, 0000 steel wool, or maroon sanding pad (if applicable)
Before using new applicators, “clean” them by removing loose bristles or fibers. Aggressive dry brushing or a paint brush comb may remove any loose bristles. For pads, use a lint roller, wrap in masking tape or run through a dryer cycle to remove any loose fibers.

For more accessory and storage options, view our Accessories page and filter by appropriate product and surface size.

For best results and your own safety, always read and carefully follow all label instructions, guidelines, warnings and cautions.

Coverage & Thinning

For ORIGINAL product(s):
  • One 2 ounce sample covers 6 square feet per coat
  • One quart covers 125 square feet per coat
  • One gallon covers 500 square feet per coat
  • No thinning necessary

General Considerations

Test product: Products will alter the appearance of the wood; complete proper testing of the entire process before beginning.

Application location: Select a well-lit area to complete your finishing project (preferably with good ventilation) and away from other projects, persons or animals. Do not work in strong, direct sunlight.

Temperature and humidity: Products, ambient temperature and wood surface should be above 50⁰ F for the entire recommended drying time. It should be dry and warm. Do not work beneath heating or air conditioning vents.

Drying and curing times:
  • Allow at least 1 day per coat for proper drying
  • Full cure will be 7 days after the final coat (see our Care After Final Coat guide for day by day recommendations)
Ventilation:
  • Be sure to ventilate properly and keep all unnecessary persons or animals away during application
  • In general, the solvent vapors will be mostly evaporated in 2-4 hours after application
  • After the solvent has evaporated, the product needs good air flow, specifically oxygen, to dry hard (see our Ventilation guide for more information)
Preparation

Prepare Your Surface

For unfinished surfaces:
  • Raw wood surfaces should be sanded to between 100-150 final grit.
  • Follow proper sanding procedures as Waterlox products will highlight the wood, including sanding mistakes and imperfections.
  • Clean the surface free of debris and vacuum the surface thoroughly with and across the grain to remove as much sanding dust as possible, including all surfaces that could hold dust.
For previously finished surfaces: For stained surfaces:
Application

Coat 1

Application: Do NOT shake or stir contents. Liberally brush or pad on this coat's product. Do not over work or over brush the product.
Dry time: Allow coat to dry for at least 24 hours or longer with good ventilation. Lightly dampen a mop, lint-free rag or micro-fiber mop with regular mineral spirits or paint thinner and wipe the wood surface to pick up any remaining sanding dust. Allow the mineral spirits to evaporate (15-30 minutes) before applying next coat. Poor ventilation, high humidity or cool temperatures may increase dry times.

Coat 2

Application: If using the satin sheen, stir contents (do NOT shake) before and occasionally during use. The gloss and semi-gloss sheens do not need to be stirred. Liberally brush or pad on this coat's product. Do not over work or over brush the product.
Dry time: Allow coat to dry for at least 24 hours or longer with good ventilation. Lightly dampen a mop, lint-free rag or micro-fiber mop with regular mineral spirits or paint thinner and wipe the wood surface to pick up any remaining sanding dust. Allow the mineral spirits to evaporate (15-30 minutes) before applying next coat. Poor ventilation, high humidity or cool temperatures may increase dry times.

Coat 3

Application: If using the satin sheen, stir contents (do NOT shake) before and occasionally during use. The gloss and semi-gloss sheens do not need to be stirred. Liberally brush or pad on this coat's product. Do not over work or over brush the product.
Dry time: After the last coat is applied, we advise staying off the surface for at least 24 hours. The first 7 days are the most critical after applying Waterlox finish products. For more details, please view our Care After Final Coat guide.
Finishing Up

Immediate Clean Up

For ORIGINAL product(s): Clean application tools immediately with paint thinner (regular mineral spirits) or turpentine. If regular mineral spirits or paint thinner is not available in your area, there are alternatives, visit Waterlox.com/mineralspirits. Properly dispose of rags, applicators and waste. Read carefully and follow all label instructions, guidelines, warnings and cautions.

Immediate Storage

For ORIGINAL product(s): Visit waterlox.com/storage. Keep containers closed when not in use and in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. If stored properly, an unopened can of Waterlox has an almost indefinite shelf life. Cold temperatures will not affect Waterlox, but if it has been chilled or exposed to freezing temperatures, allow it to stand for at least 6 hours in temperatures above 60° F before using. DO NOT artificially heat Waterlox products. Read carefully and follow all label instructions, guidelines, warnings and cautions.