What is the difference between Nitrocellulose, Precat and C.A.B. Topcoats?
Nitrocellulose Lacquer – Dries fast, easy to use. No film thickness restrictions. Not very durable and not water resistant. Good for most furniture applications. Not for bathroom or kitchen cabinets. Amber clarity and will yellow over time.
Pre – Catalyzed Lacquer – Dries fast, easy to use. Usually 4 mil thickness restriction. Resistant to water and household chemicals. Great for table tops, bathroom and kitchen cabinet applications. Slight amber clarity.
C.A.B. Lacquer – Dries fast, easy to use. Usually 4 mil thickness restriction. Resistant to water and household chemicals. Great for table tops, bathroom and kitchen cabinet applications. Water clear, non yellowing and great for coating over white pigmented lacquer.
What does UV mean, and how do I know if I need it or not?
UV Coatings are most often applied by machine in an automated finishing line. The coating hardens from exposure to a UV light source. Our UV markers are for Manufacturers that apply UV coating, these markers will not change color when exposed to UV light source. The standard Felt Markers are the best choice for most uses.
How much surface area will 1 aerosol can of material cover?
This all depends on the type of aerosol and the film build that is desired. For finishing over raw wood you want to use the High Solids to get maximum film build. Approximately 6 to 8 square feet per can for a 3-4 mil film.
What is the difference between Series I, II and III?
All series have the same performance; the difference is just color ranges.
What is the difference between Felt Markers and Valve Markers?
Felt Markers – are dye based, translucent. You can see the grain below.
Valve Markers – are pigmented, higher hiding. Blocks what is below.
Can I re-use my Fillable Valve Action Marker?
No, once the marker is assembled, the barrel expands around the valve assembly. If you remove the valve assembly it will not reseal and will leak. They are design for single fill.
What is the difference between Pigmented Toners and Dye Toners?
Pigmented Toners – are made with pigments that light cannot pass through and provide a hazy, muddy affect to the surface color when applied.
Dye Toners – are made with dyes that the light can pass through allowing for more clarity when applied to the surface.
What is the difference in a Wiping Stain and a Shading Lacquer?
Wiping Stain – this is an oil based product that is sprayed on and wiped off with a rag. Then a clear coat needs to be applied.
Shading Lacquer – this is Lacquer based product and is applied in light misting coats to build color slowly to the desired effect. Dries very rapidly. Once this is dry it can be sanded lightly to soften the color. It will require a top coat of clear as the color is just on the surface and can wear off if not clear coated.
Do I need to use a topcoat with my marker?
The markers are color fast and do not require a topcoat. If top coating, test an area as the color can intensify with the top coat.