General Finishes Pro Image Flooring Topcoat Application Steps
IMPORTANT: Record moisture meter readings in several places before applying Pro Image. These readings will provide a benchmark at later stages to determine when the floor is dry enough to apply another coat of finish. CAUTION: Do NOT use any clear topcoat over bright whites as it may cause yellowing.
RAW WOOD AND EXISTING FINISHES:
- Work in a well-ventilated area.
- Stir to reincorporate solids that have settled to the bottom of the can before and throughout the application process. Do not shake topcoat.
- Test for adhesion.
- Thin as desired with distilled water; start with 5%, adding up to 10% by volume.
- Increase open time, if needed, with 5-10% GF Extender if allowed by local regulation. Extender improves flow and leveling and increases open time, which is helpful in hot, dry climates.
2 coats are recommended. Apply at a rate of 500-600 Sq.Ft. per gallon using a t-bar, paint pad or microfiber roller with smooth, even strokes & light lap lines. Avoid heavy pressure & back-brushing. Lap lines will tighten down as they dry. If applying a second coat within 24 hours, buffing is not required. If applying after 24 hours, buff with maroon pad & 240-grit sandpaper strips & vacuum off dust & tack rag with water-dampened towels. Then apply second coat.
TIPS: If conditions are dry & warm, restrict the amount of air flow. Increase the application rate & block direct sunlight by closing shades or blinds.
- Dry 3-4 hours in ideal conditions, 70°F/21°C; 50% humidity. Inadequate dry time can trap moisture & cause clouding. Cooler temperatures, higher humidity & sealed substrates may prolong dry time. GF oil-based products must dry 72+ hours before applying GF water-based topcoat. Dry 24+ hours before applying GF oil-based products. Use moisture meter readings to verify dryness.
CURE TIME: Floor may be used (socks only) in 6 hours, furniture can be replaced in 3 days & rugs in 10 days. Be careful during the first 10 days, as the finish is more susceptible to scratching and scuff marks. Place heavy furniture on carpet pads.