Junckers Pro Finish Wood Floor Lacquer Review
© Copyright Author Gary Hughes/Woodfloor-Renovations
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Junckers Pro Finish is a single part, water based Polyurethane / Acrylic Lacquer, ideally used on new unfinished wooden floors or newly sanded and prepared wooden flooring eg. Floorboards,Parquet Blocks, Oak Strip etc - and is suitable for domestic levels of foot traffic.
This is a quick drying and easy to apply product, which in normal drying situations, of 20 deg C and 50% Relative humidity, will dry in approx 1-2 hrs per coat, Junckers Pro Finish has virtually no smell and is UV stable meaning the lacquer won't yellow/discolour with age.
We have used this product extensively and have had absolutely no problems whatsoever with Junckers Pro Finish. While the product is at the cheaper end of the Lacquer scale, it matches the performance of much more expensive products, is easy to apply and dries pretty quickly to boot, an application can be dry in well under 2 hrs per coat in many cases.
If possible, try and have your central heating turned on when applying lacquers, this will help with the drying process and won't effect the lacquer finish in the slightest.
When dry, the lacquer coat should feel smooth, look crisp and clear and most importantly look fantastic. You can't ask much more of a product in this price range.
Expect to pay between £45.00-£55.00 for a 5 litre can of Pro Finish, online retailers often have offers on, shop around to get the best deal you can.
Remember maximum hardness of the Lacquer is achieved after 72 hours
The coverage is also excellent, we get at the very least 10m2 per litre of Profinish, often 12m2 + is achievable but is dependant on many variables.
ProFinish comes delivered in a 5 litre can [with a filter] and is available in 4 different sheen levels which are:-
Ultra Matt [10% Sheen] Matt [20% Sheen] Semi Gloss [50% Sheen] and finally Gloss [70% Sheen]
All these finishes look superb when properly applied and it would of course depend on the choice of the end user as to what aesthetic sheen level best suits the particular area/room/project that the product is being applied into.
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 timeframe 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.
Pro Finish 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 no longer than 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 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.
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.