Grain Enhancing is done to remove or improve water stains, mould, rust marks, sun bleach or dip strip blanch.
NOTE: Due to grain damage that already exists with “Sun bleached” or “Dip stripped” timber, this process can sometimes cause the grain to fur. In these cases the fur will need to be removed by shaving or sanding.
a. Put 1-3 scoops of Grain Enhancer into a throw away container.
b. Add approx 1 cup of boiling water into the container & stir to dissolve the crystals.
a. While as close to boiling as possible brush the dissolved Grain Enhancer onto the timber surface that is to be treated. (Apply to the complete component so that the effect is kept even.)
b. Keep the surface wet for five minutes by applying more liquefied “Grain Enhancer” to the surface when needed.
a. Scrub the entire surface of the component with a nylon abrasive pad or a soft Bristled brush.
b. Leave on for approximately ten minutes.
c. Wipe the surface dry with a clean dry cloth.
a. Brush clean boiling water onto the surface that was treated with a clean brush, and then scrub with the clean nylon abrasive pad or soft bristled brush, then immediately wipe dry with a clean absorbent cloth.
The colour the timber is when wet, is the colour the timber will be when finished.
a. If the wet colour is satisfactory, leave the surface to dry.
b. If the wet colour is not satisfactory, repeat steps 1 – 5.
c. If the desired results are not achieved within a couple of attempts, discontinue the treatment and use the “Shaving”procedure
d. Once the surface has dried feel the surface with your fingers to find out if the grain has risen. (A rough bristled / furry feeling).
e. If the grain has risen, lightly dry buff the surface in the direction of the grain with either a “Grit Embedded Nylon Pad”, 320 grit aluminium oxide abrasive paper or with a wad of “Steel Wool” (If steel wool is being used ensure the area isn’t a wet area for example a front door, in these cases substitute 320 grit aluminium oxide abrasive paper.)
f. If the timber has furred, sand the effected component or use the “Shaving” procedure