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Interior clear finishes - MDF, particle and strand boards

Resene Popular Paint Systems –
Exterior and interior woodcare© (stains and clear finishes): training notes

This web page is an edited version of the Resene Best System Selling training notes provided to Resene staff and is provided to enable you to gain a greater understanding of the substrates and paint systems you may encounter in your decorating project. It is impossible to cover all decorating scenarios in a single document, so if you are in doubt about any aspect of your project please contact Resene for assistance.

How to apply clear finishes to MDF, particle and strand boards

Note: Refer to the PDF flowchart for a visual of the steps below:

New

  1. Sand using 220 grit zinc stearate to remove any surface imperfections and wipe with a tack cloth to remove sanding residues.

  2. Fill any nail screw holes using PAL contract filler - or Coloured Wood Filler if appropriate. Refer notes.

  3. Finish options:

    • Stained or Blonded:

    • Natural finish:

      • Proceed to step 4
  4. Apply a seal coat of Resene Aquaclear gloss.

  5. Polyurethane options:

    • Apply 2-3 coats of Resene Qristal Polyurethane (solventborne) in flat, satin or gloss, lightly sanding using 220 grit zinc stearate before the final coat.
    • Alternatively, apply 2-3 coats of Resene Qristal Polyurethane in gloss, satin or flat, lightly sanding with 220 grit zinc stearate before applying the final coat.

Old, clear finished

  1. Wash using mild detergent or Resene Interior Paintwork Cleaner to remove any surface contaminants, residues etc.

  2. Sand using 220 grit zinc stearate to remove any flaked or peeled areas and to provide a key for subsequent coats. Note: if completely stripped treat as per new.

  3. Varnish/polyurethane options:

    • Recommend 2 coats of Resene Aquaclear in satin, semi-gloss or gloss lightly sanding with 220 grit zinc stearate before the final coat.
    • Alternatively, apply 2 coats of Resene Qristal Polyurethane in flat, satin or gloss, lightly sanding with 220 grit zinc stearate before applying the final coat.

Notes:

Key accessories - essential to complete the job

Add ons - to make job easier or quicker

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