Application Questions

What is the working pot life?

3 – 4 Hours is our general recommended pot life but working conditions will vary based on conditions.

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What is the lowest temperature Bristol Finish can be applied?

We do not recommend applying Bristol Finish at temperatures below 45F (7C). The product will be too thick and will not lay out properly to a smooth finish.

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Can Bristol Finish be sprayed?

Yes, but we recommend only experienced finishers attempt this type of application.

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What is a firm tack?

Touch the finish with the tip of a finger. It should feel dry but still stick just a little and not leave a fingerprint.

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Are there any safety recommendations for using Bristol Finish Traditional Amber?

The contents of a two part kit are flammable. Work in a well ventilated area. Keep away from high heat, sparks, open flames and possible sources of ignition. Wear appropriate safety gear; eye protection, respirator with VOC filters, and gloves.

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I mixed the proportions incorrectly what do I do? 12-1, 4-1 or any variation thereof?

In both cases Bristol Finish should be removed. In the case of under mixing it is possible to re-coat with the proper mixture.

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The Traditional Amber is not flowing very well. I am getting brush marks, not the smoothness I want.

Thin Bristol Finish using our thinner according to the guidelines.

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What are the guidelines for a thinner first coat?

We recommend thinning Bristol Finish 15% by volume with Bristol Finish Thinner for a first coat on bare wood. A second coat at the same percentage may be applied as well.

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I am getting bubbles during application. What is happening? How do I fix it?

There are many possible reasons you may be getting bubbles. Check out the troubleshooting guide to find the reason.

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I am getting fish eyes, what do I do?

This is always a case of contamination either on the surface or in the product. Allow coat to fully cure, sand surface until smooth, clean surface with acetone to remove contamination and re-coat.

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What is the best product to clean brushes?

We recommend our Bristol Finish Thinner to clean up of brushes. Acetone is an acceptable alternative to our thinner.

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Is there any way to darken the Bristol Finish Traditional Amber?

Other than using a stain, the only method we have heard of, but not yet tried, is to use a slightly more abrasive sandpaper instead of 220. This apparently has the effect of somewhat darkening the finish.

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Can Bristol Finish be used with stain underneath?

Yes it can. Make sure the stain has properly cured before applying and always try a test piece to make sure there are no compatibility issues.

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What can I use for cleanup?

For the Traditional Amber use Bristol Finish Thinner, or acetone.

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