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Lobadur WS Easyprime
the most important product features are:
• Excellent flow properties
• Primer with a film coating It is a good filling primer that forms a film coat. It also enables excellent results on absorbent wooden floors.
• 100% free of roller marks. The visibility of roller marks is reduced due to high flow properties and the long open time.
• Beautiful deep natural colour
• Low solvent and free of NMP
• Great elasticity
• Reduces the working of edge binding e.g. in case of floating floors
• High durability
The LOBADUR® WS EasyPrime really has unique flow properties. Because of this, it can be applied like a lacquer. The primer flows like water, and can be applied in a very fine consistency.
The appearance of roller marks is significantly reduced. The product is also suitable for irregular absorbing wooden floors like beech and maple. The end result looks first-class!
Indeed, the primer can be applied quickly and easily to most wooden floors without leaving visible roller marks and a perfect result is guaranteed.
The main reason for this is that this product produces a film coat and isolates the working surface, producing a deep natural colour.
The above text is the standard Lecol/Lobadur product information for Lobadur WS Easyprime, which I'm delighted to say we used today [29-4-2011] for the first time.
For the first coat of seal on our freshly prepared Columbian Pine parquet block floor we used Lobadur WS Easyprime.
Using any product for the first time always leaves you with a doubt or two, even as a seasoned professional, but thankfully any qualms we had about this product went out of the window a few seconds after we poured the WS Easyprime onto the floor to start cutting in, the flow of the product was really nice, and as soon as we started working the Easyprime we knew straight away that we were dealing with an excellent product.
The WS Easyprime gave the floor a lovely rich and warm natural colourization, the product was surprisingly easy to apply, exactly like applying any lacquer, but as soon as you started working the product it is completely normal in the way it sits on the floor when being applied, and when you work the product with a roller it behaves in exactly the same way as a much more expensive lacquer.
As this is a Water Based Primer i did expect the Columbian Pine floor to show some indication of grain raise, but to my surprise and delight, when the floor had dried properly there was NO Grain raise whatsoever - none - the floor was smooth to the touch as well, NO grain raise = absolutely no need at all to cut back the floor - A BIG BONUS
In summation, this is a very easy wood floor primer to apply, the product has virtually no smell, left no roller marks or lap lines AT ALL, the big bonus for me was the absence of any grain raise to the floor surface, but saying that it does help in that respect when you prepare the floor properly, the Easyprime dried quickly also, in this instance just over an hour in pretty normal drying conditions. The weather outside was nice and the house was reasonably warm.
If any DIY enthusiasts or Pro's for that matter are reading this product review and are in the market for a Wood Floor priming product - look no further, you have found what you are looking for, this product is easily as good and IMHO better than the current leading lights in the Water Based Primer market.
For this project we applied the WS Easyprime with a 15" Medium pile Roller, and cut in with a 4" foam roller, Hope this helps you - Gary
To See the project the WS Easyprime was used on Click on this link
*NB* Woodfloor-Renovations would like to thank Duncan Conlan, Lecol U.K. Sales Director for his considerable technical help and valuable assistance on this project - Thanks Duncan
WS Easyprime comes delivered in a 5 litre can. The Coverage rate was approx 8-10m2 per litre of product for a properly prepared floor.
We are often asked 'How many coats of lacquer do I need' - the simple answer is as many as you like, but this always relates to cost & the time frame involved in the project. As a general rule of thumb a Professional Floor Sanding company will specify 3 Coats of Lacquer or 2 coats of Oil as standard for a domestic situation, extra coats of lacquer will be at an extra cost, anything between £4 - £6 per coat per m2 eg. For a 20m2 lounge to be given a 4th coat of lacquer should cost between £80 - £120
If in doubt just ask your Floor Sanding Professional.
Lobabur WS Viva can be applied to a wood floor in a number of ways, a floor sanding professional will use a variety of application methods depending on the size of project, but if you are looking to apply lacquer to for example a 20m2 lounge, Oak strip, a 9" roller would be perfectly acceptable, the roller refill you need should be a 'medium pile' with the pile length being approx 8mm, a decent quality roller will have that information on the packet, use an inch and three quarter roller and cage, these are more robust and just better than the cheaper inch and a half alternatives.
- Look out for a light blue line around the roller refill, this designates that the pile has been thermo fused onto the actual roller sleeve and is highly unlikely to shed hair/pile into the lacquer.
For cutting in we would recommend using a 4" Mini Paint Roller with a foam refill, these products are cheap but do the job extremely well. You don't always have to buy the manufacturers recommended products, which are normally twice the price of perfectly suitable alternatives.
The opinions and views expressed in this article are those of Woodfloor-Renovations through our experiences with the numerous Floor Sanding & Sealing projects that we have undertaken.
** No guarantee whatsoever is offered with this advice **
REMEMBER - ALWAYS follow the manufacturers instructions and read them carefully.
If you are not sure about any aspect of this article consult a Professional.
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The links below are Product Technical information sheets from the Manufacturers and should be of use. They are all PDF Files and clicking on the links will open your computers PDF reading program.