Help Questions

How is the Thinner used?

Bristol finish Thinner is used to thin the Bristol Finish Traditional Amber line of products if desired. We recommend thinning no more than 10% by volume.

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How is the Tropical Reducer used?

We recommend adding no more than 10% by volume of Tropical Reducer to your working pot.

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How is the Accelerator used?

Add 1 cap full of accelerator to 32oz of Part A resin prior to adding catalyst. Stir well ensuring that the accelerator and resin are completely blended. Then add the appropriate amount of catalyst for desire pot size.

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What is the best way to remove Bristol Finish?

A heat gun and scraper are the most efficient way to remove Bristol Finish, remember to use a scraper that will not gouge the wood. Chemical stripper works as well but you have to deal with the toxic byproduct that comes with using it.

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The catalyst is hard. Why and what to do?

There are really only 2 ways for this to occur: 1 the catalyst is very old. 2 the catalyst has been exposed to the atmosphere. In either case the catalyst must be replaced. Catalyst has a shelf life.

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Is there any way to extend the shelf life of the catalyst?

Putting the catalyst in the refrigerator has worked for some. The best solution we have found is to use a product Bloxygen that is sprayed into the catalyst before re-sealing the bottle. It is an inert gas that prevents contact with the atmosphere.

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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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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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