Water Popping / Grain Popping Intensify Colours with this easy technique

17 APR 2024

Water Popping / Grain Popping Intensify Colours with this easy technique

Water popping is a simple yet essential technique for enhancing wood surfaces, especially if you’re aiming for a flawless finish. Let’s break down what water popping entails, its benefits, and how to do it effectively.

What is water popping?

Water popping, also known as grain-popping, involves applying water to unfinished wood surfaces. This process opens up the wood grain, allowing for better absorption of finishes and achieving a smoother appearance.

When to consider water popping?

Water popping is particularly useful in several scenarios:

– Product penetration: For oil-based finishes, like Superior Timber Coatings’ Oli Natura range offerings, water popping ensures deeper penetration, resulting in richer colors.
– Sanding imperfections: It helps minimize the visibility of sanding marks or swirls left behind during the sanding process.
– Uneven sanding: Water popping promotes even color absorption, compensating for any inconsistencies in the sanding process.
– Blotchy appearance: It reduces the uneven absorption of color, especially in wood species prone to blotchiness like Maple.

How to water pop?

1. Preparation: Ensure a clean water source. Apply water evenly to the wood surface without puddling.
2. Application: Use a sponge, rag, or sprayer to apply water evenly across the surface.
3. Drying: Allow the surface to dry completely, typically 2-4 hours. Overnight drying is recommended for wood floors.

Additional considerations:

– Use caution when walking on water-popped surfaces to prevent damaging the raised grain.
– When applying finishes from the Superior Timber Coatings range, use appropriate tools as recommended in instructional material

Water popping enhances the beauty and durability of wood surfaces, ensuring a flawless finish every time. Experience the difference with Superior Timber Coatings!

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