Littlefair's bring you a very tough, hardwearing finish formulated to protect new or re-sanded soft or hardwood floors from knocks, scratches and spillages.
This is a quick drying, low odour, non-yellowing water based varnish. Ideal for protecting soft and hardwood floors and many other areas that require a durable surface. It can be applied to most types of wood and manufactured boards, such as plywood and MDF. It can also be used on concrete and unsealed terracotta.
Due to it being water based your brush will be very easy to clean and with very low VOCs there will be hardly any odour.
If you are applying the varnish over Littlefair’s Water Based Floor Dye it should be possible to both dye the wood and apply two full coats of varnish in a day, after an early start!
Careful, thorough preparation will result in a far superior final result, especially when used to finish Littlefair’s Water Based Floor Dye.
(Please refer to the floor dye instructions).
It is always a good idea to prepare a test piece or an inconspicuous area in exactly the same manner as your project. If you are dying the wood first, the final appearance will be a combination of the wood’s natural colour, the dye and the varnish. Our floor dye will appear quite dull when dry but will ‘come to life’ with colour as you apply the varnish.
The varnish can be applied with a good quality 10cm (4inch) brush, applicator pad or roller. Plan your exit from the room, starting at the far side working your way to the door. Aim to work quickly and confidently, along the entire length of perhaps two floorboards at once and try to avoid overlapping.
Apply a diluted base coat followed by three full coats. The first coat of varnish (basecoat) - dilute the varnish with at least 25% cold water. This coat will act as a sealer/primer and create a strong bond between the dyed or bare wood and the first coat of full varnish. Aim to brush the base coat along the grain. Once the base coat has dried (approx. two hours) the first full coat can be applied. You can now brush across, then along the grain to ensure an even coverage. Again, when dry, the next full coat can be applied in exactly the same way - but take care to avoid applying it too heavily as the surface will now be sealed and further coats will require less varnish to achieve the same coverage. Before applying the final coat lightly sand the surface with 120 grit ‘wet and dry’ abrasive paper. Half a sheet tightly wrapped around a wooden block will work well. Then, thoroughly clean up the dust with a soft brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner, followed by a wipe over with a damp cloth, rinsing as you go along. Once dry, the final coat can be applied.
The varnish will be touch dry in approximately 20 minutes and can usually be recoated after 2 hours in suitable conditions. Therefore, a floor can be walked on within the day.
Please note: this is an approximate drying time. There could be a number of factors that may effect this.
Our products come complete with easy to follow yet comprehensive instructions to guide you through every step, including preparing the wood. Should require any further help please feel free to get in touch for expert advice.
Approx. coverage of 12m² per litre, for one liberal coat.