Friday, November 8, 2013

Flood E-B Emulsa Bond

E-B Emulsa Bond is a stir-in latex/acrylic paint additive for exterior wood, masonry or aluminum siding that helps alleviate peeling problems when painting over a sound but chalky or dusty surface. E-B Emulsa Bond provides a bonding oil, stirs in easily, and does not alter the original finish coat color. It offers a time-saving benefit by eliminating the need to prime.

BASIC USES
• For exterior use only
• Apply EB Emulsa Bond modified paint over sound but chalky paint (latex or oil); sandblasted masonry or weathered, but sound asbestos siding
• Ideal for repainting chalky aluminum siding, T1-11 exterior plywood or hardboard siding and cementitious siding

GENERAL REPAINTING WITH E-B EMULSA BOND
SURFACE PREPARATION:
1. Follow directions on latex paint label.
2. Wash protected areas (overhangs, porch ceilings, etc.) with Flood Wood Cleaner or detergent and water.
3. Rinse thoroughly before painting.
4. If mildew exists remove with a solution of 4 ounces of non-ammoniated detergent (TSP) 1 quart of outdoor bleach and 3 quarts of fresh water. Allow this solution to remain on the surface for 10-15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
5. Avoid contact with eyes and skin, and provide adequate ventilation.
6. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water and allow washed areas to dry before painting.

APPLICATION
NOTE: Use only in the first coat of paint
1. Shake container well.
2. Always mix a small amount of E-B Emulsa Bond with paint to test compatibility.
3. For latex house paint, add 32 oz. (1 qt.) E-B Emulsa Bond per gallon.
4. Stir paint and E-B Emulsa Bond mixture thoroughly. If thickening occurs, add enough tap water (up to 8 oz/gal) to return to the consistency of original paint.
5. Paint as usual.
6. Do not recoat with additional E-B Emulsa Bond / paint mixture. If painting additional coats or a finish coat, apply when the E-B Emulsa Bond / paint mixture feels dry. Do not apply more paint while the film feels soft or tacky.

COVERAGE:
While coverage will vary with the texture and porosity of the surface, you will generally use 20% less material than if the paint or stain had been applied without E-B Emulsa Bond.

RESTRICTIONS:
Use only in the first coat. Do not add E-B Emulsa Bond to gloss latex paints for the first coat. E-B Emulsa Bond is not for interior use.
NOTE: Use of latex paint, with or without E-B Emulsa Bond, over heavy accumulations of old, brittle, checked or cracked paints is not recommended.

E-B SOLID HIDING STAIN SYSTEM
This system provides water protection and a color coat of latex in one application. It is designed for repainting previously painted or stained exterior T1-11 plywood and hardboard. The mixture consists of 50% exterior latex paint and 50% E-B Emulsa Bond.

MIXING DIRECTIONS:
NOTE: Custom tinted colors or paints of different manufacturing batch numbers must be blended or boxed together and thoroughly mixed to assure uniformity of color PRIOR to mixing with E-B Emulsa Bond.
• Fill 1/3 of a container with well mixed latex house paint and add an equal amount of E-B Emulsa Bond
• Stir or box this mixture until all of the E-B Emulsa Bond disappears into the paint
• If thickening occur, add tap water (no more than1/2 pint per gallon) to bring the mixture back to the consistency of the original paint

APPLICATION:
1. Apply one full hiding coat by brush, roller or sprayer.
2. If the desired appearance is not achieved in one coat, a second coat of paint WITHOUT E-B Emulsa Bond should be applied.

CLEANUP AND STORAGE
• Clean tools, equipment drips and splatters with a solution of household detergent and water
• If paint is dry, use paint remover or brush cleaner
• Keep brushes and rollers in water when not in use
• Air dry empty cans and saturated rag, then dispose of according to local regulations
• Store unused portion in tightly closed container
• KEEP FROM FREEZING

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Flood TWF-SEMI Semi-Transparent Wood Finish


Flood TWF-SEMI Semi-Transparent Wood Finish is a premium-quality finish that provides long-lasting appearance and protection to natural wood. Its exclusive formula combines the rich penetration of an oil with the durability of an acrylic resin. It enhances the natural character of the wood, allowing the grain and texture to show through. TWF-SEMI provides a mildew-resistant finish and delivers unsurpassed peel and fade resistance for three years on decks and five years on siding.

BASIC USES
Exterior wood surfaces, including:
• Siding
• Decks & Docks
• Fences
• Shingles & Siding
• Pressure Treated Lumber
• Plywood (including T1-11)
• Barns
• Rafters & Beams
• Trim Boards
• Outdoor Wood Furniture

SURFACE PREPARATION
GENERAL DIRECTIONS
• Proper surface preparation is essential for warranty application, optimum penetration and overall product performance.
• Surfaces to be stained must be thoroughly clean, porous, dry and free of mildew and other contamination.
• Remove mildew with a solution of one part household bleach to four parts water.
• Completely remove any opaque stain, paint, varnish or sealer to expose bare wood.
NOTE: Test for penetration and absorbency by sprinkling water lightly on freshly prepared wood. If water is absorbed rapidly, surface is porous and free of contamination and ready for stain. If water is repelled, thorough preparation for new wood surfaces must be repeated.

NEW WOOD SURFACES
The ideal time to stain new wood is one to three months after installation. Some new wood surfaces, like smooth cedar, can have a hard, shiny surface called mill glaze, that prevents maximum penetration of a stain. All new wood, especially decks, should be prepared with Flood Wood Stripper or FloodPro® Stripper/Cleaner (1 quart of Flood Wood Stripper per one gallon of water) to open wood so it can accept a new finish. These products reduce mill glaze and remove natural wood chemicals and other factory applied sealers to open wood to allow maximum penetration.

WEATHERED WOOD SURFACES:
Uncoated wood surfaces that have weathered longer than six months require thorough cleaning before staining. Use Flood Wood Stripper, Wood Cleaner or Flood Dekswood® with a pressure washer or stiff bristle brush to remove loose wood fibers, dirt and other surface contaminants.
NOTE: Cedar and redwood may darken with Flood Wood Stripper or FloodPro Stripper/Cleaner. If this occurs, rebrighten with Flood Wood Cleaner or Flood Dekswood before proceeding.

PREVIOUSLY STAINED OR SEALED SURFACES:
For optimum results, apply to bare wood surfaces. Can also be applied over previous applications of Flood TWF-SEMI. Previous stain, varnish or sealer must be completely and thoroughly removed with Flood Wood Stripper or StainStrip per product label directions before proceeding.

COLOR SELECTION
• Before starting job, test your color choice on a small area
• Buy sufficient product for the whole job and box or intermix all product together before staining to avoid color variance
• DO NOT USE TINT BASES UNTINTED
NOTE: Custom tint using colorants that are approved for exterior use only.

APPLICATION
CAUTION: Surfaces are slippery when wet. Use caution when walking on wet surfaces during application.
1. Stir before and periodically during application.
2. Do not thin. Test color in small area.
3. Do not apply in hot sunlight or if cold, wet weather is expected within 48 hours.
4. Apply between 50° F – 80° F.
5. Apply with a synthetic brush, roller (synthetic woven 3/8”-3/4” nap depending on surface texture) or airless sprayer (.013-.017 fluid tip / 1300-1900 psi).
6. Apply an even coat, avoiding heavy application.
7. After sprayer or roller application, backbrush to improve penetration and uniformity of coverage.
8. If an additional coat is required, it may be applied after 3-4 hours.

COVERAGE RATES
• Smooth/moderately porous surfaces: 350 - 400 sq. ft/gal
• Rough/weathered/porous surfaces: 250 - 350 sq. ft/gal
NOTE: Actual coverage rates may vary depending upon substrate type and/or conditions as well as application method.

MAINTAINING TWF-SEMI COLOR FINISH
Surfaces with harsh exposure to sun, weather or foot traffic will show wear more quickly than other areas - if this happens, clean affected areas and recoat as necessary.

CLEANUP AND STORAGE
• Clean up with warm, soapy water.
• If Flood TWF-SEMI is allowed to dry on tools, remove with paint remover.
• Store unused portion in tightly closed container.
• Keep from freezing.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Flood-Wood Cleaner

Flood Wood Cleaner is a powerful cleaner and brightener which restores gray, weather-beaten exterior wood that is unfinished to its natural color. A strong, economical cleaner, Flood Wood Cleaner gets under and removes surfaces and ground in dirt while restoring a bright, vibrant look to your exterior wood.

BASIC USES
• For exterior use only
• Exterior wood or composite material (decks, furniture, fences and siding, etc.)
• Unfinished exterior wood surfaces that have become gray or dirty (including Cedar, Redwood or Pressure-Treated Wood)
• Previously coated exterior wood surfaces that need to be cleaned

BEFORE YOU START
NOTE: Wear chemical resistant gloves, safety goggles and protective clothing.
• Shake container thoroughly before mixing
• Cover areas you want to protect
• Thoroughly wet plants and shrubs

MIXING DIRECTIONS
NOTE: Do not mix with chlorine bleach or other household cleaning products. To do so can result in release of highly toxic gases. Mix using only plastic containers in a well ventilated area.

For most jobs:
• Mix one part Flood Wood Cleaner to four parts water

For tough stains:
• Mix equal amounts of Flood Wood Cleaner and water

APPLICATION
CAUTION: Surfaces are slippery when wet. Use caution when walking on wet surfaces during application.
General directions:
1. May damage metal components of spray equipment.
2. Do not apply on a hot surface; product will dry too rapidly.
3. If cleaning vertical wood, work from bottom to top to avoid streaking.
4. Sweep surface clean; wet the surface with fresh water.
5. Apply Flood Wood Cleaner with a garden sprayer, brush, or roller.
6. Work Flood Wood Cleaner into the wood with a stiff nylon or natural bristle brush using a scrubbing action.
7. Allow the solution to stand on wood for 20-30 minutes.
8. Do not allow Flood Wood Cleaner to dry. Keep surface wet with the mixture of cleaner while working.
9. Rinse surface and adjacent areas thoroughly using the highest pressure from a hose or pressure wash between 500-1000 psi.
10.Allow wood to dry 48 hours or ensure moisture content meets finish label instructions.
For nail stains:
1. Clean and wet the surface.
2. Apply Flood Wood Cleaner to the entire surface over and around the nail stain.
3. Do not rinse until the stain has disappeared.

COVERAGE
• When mixed with 4 gallons of water, 1 gallon Flood Wood Cleaner will clean up to 1,000 sq. ft/gal (92.9 sq. m/gal)
• When mixed with 1 gallon of water, one gallon Flood Wood Cleaner will clean up to 400 sq. ft/gal (37.2 sq. m/gal)
• Coverage will vary depending on type, age and texture of wood

CLEANUP AND STORAGE
• Cleanup with soap and water
• Store unused portion in tightly closed plastic container
• KEEP FROM FREEZING

AFTER CLEANING
• Protect and enhance the natural beauty of exterior wood with any Flood Brand Finish

Monday, November 4, 2013

Your Mood and Colors


Your home will reflect calmness and comfort when using cool colors in your home.  This article will help you decide which colors are best for you home and color scheme.

Concord Grape- When most people think of Concord grape, they think of wine.  I know I do but I love wine.  Anyways, Concord grapes are darker grapes that have a smoky, sweet snap to them.  This color works well when used with a pale yellow, ivory or creamy white.  To use Concord grapes themselves as a decorating piece, place a bunch of grapes in a silver bowl on your dinner table.  You have to be cautious when using Concord grape as it is recommended that you don’t use the color or anything that is large such as walls or couch.  Because this color is such a dark color, painting it on the walls will make your room look too dark.  In your bathroom, try hanging Concord grape towels or in your living room add Concord grape throw pillows to your pale yellow couch.  

Mint Green- Mint green is cool and refreshing.  Mint green is the color of the month of April because it signifies the beginning of spring.  Mint green is a bright, light green.  In the decorating world, mint green is used to make a room brighter.  Mint green is light enough so that you can use it to paint your entire walls in a room.  Mint green inspires mental activity so some people will use this color in the study or dining area where homework and office work is done.  

Turquoise- According to some interior designers, turquoise is a color that is often overlooked in decorating because many people think that turquoise is only used in jewelry and won’t look good on their walls or upholstery.  But this color can brighten up a corner of a dark room.  Turquoise is used a lot in Southwestern design so using turquoise in your own home will bring a Southwestern feel to your home.  If you want to add more of a Southwestern feel to your home, try adding other Southwestern colors such as pale peach, salmon and deep green.  

Sea foam Green- This is color that will remind you of the sea.  Picture the perfect living room:  dark wood paneling, sea foam green couch, chairs with deep floral prints and a vase filled with fresh flowers.  Sea foam green is not a bright green but it is a paler green that will not completely take over a room but instead adds a subtle note.  Sea foam is a color you could paint your walls with since it is such a pale color.  This color works best when paired with deeper shades.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Your Living Room in Color


Besides your kitchen, your living room is the most used room in your room when it comes to entertaining guests.  You want your guests to be amazed at your home d├ęcor.  The living room is the hardest room in your home to decorate because it needs to be not only versatile but entertaining and comfortable as well.  You want your living room to be the center of your castle for your friends, family and neighbors to see.  So the colors and designs that you choose for your living room will set the mood of your entire home.  It is important to take note that there are some colors that have a positive effect on people whereas other colors will make people feel gloomy.  Yellow is a color that brightens peoples day where gray is a dreary color.  

Before you begin your living room decorating, you need to decide what kind of mood you are looking for.  Do you want your living room to be a peaceful area or do you want a party atmosphere?  The answer will greatly determine what look you need to go with.  

The most popular color in home decorating is blue.  Blue shows off a sense of calm as it is associated with the ocean.  The color blue can make a small room look larger and it stimulates elated emotional responses.  The blue gray tone is a popular shade to use in the living room.  Green is also a popular color because it represents nature and is associated with trees and plants.  Using green is a more exciting color than blue but it still produces a sense of mental calm.  The color green is easy on the eye and a great idea if you want to create a calming room.  If you aren’t much of an ocean or nature person, try using earth tones.  These earth tones are in the brown family such as brown or tan and are more of a rustic nature.  Earth colors give off a feeling of closeness and warmth.  For an added touch, add the color green to really bring you to the outdoors.  Reds and yellows are two colors you may want to avoid in the living room.  Red is an aggressive color and yellow can cause eye irritation and uncomfortable.  If you really have your heart set on yellow or red, try a soft muted yellow or a maroon color.  Pink is not the greatest color for a living room because it is more of a feminine color that should be used in a little girls’ room.  

Using any of these tips listed above will make your living room the best room in your home.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Warm Colors for Your Home


Warm colors are warm and vibrant.  In this article we will look at some of the more popular warm colors and how you can incorporate them into your color scheme.

Apricot- Apricot is a color that is somewhere in between orange and pink.  It has a touch of tawny-gold.  Apricot is a funny color to work with.  If you are using the color to paint your walls, you have two choices really.  You can ask the paint store where you buy your paint to mix in cream or off-white paint to the apricot so it is not so strong.  Or you can paint your walls in full blown apricot and then offset the color by adding neutral colors such as cream colored throw pillows to your couch or off-white sheets on your bed.  Apricot is best used on the side of your home where it gets the least sun because the color will add warmth.  You can also use little touches of apricot throughout the room by adding an apricot slipcover on a chair, some apricot throw pillows on a cream colored couch or a rug with apricot tones.

Pale Pink- This is one of my favorite colors and the color I chose when decorating my bathroom.  Of course I live with my husband and teenage son who don’t really like the pink bathroom.  Every woman can remember back to her childhood and wearing pretty pink dresses and dressing her Barbie in pale pink.  Pale pink works very well in a room that is mainly decorated in deeper colors such as dark green or deep blue.  You can also use pale pink to warm up an off-white or cream color.  

Salmon- Many people think of a fish and not a color when they hear the word salmon.  Well yes, salmon is a fish but it is also silky pink color that is used in decorating.  Many people don’t think of the color salmon as pink but it is part of the pink family.  Salmon works well in any room of your home and can be used to paint entire walls with.  If you are looking for an old-fashioned look, try painting the walls of a study, living room or bedroom in salmon then painting all the trimming in cream colored.  Add dark salmon curtains for a complete look.  

Lemon Yellow- There is nothing better on a hot summer day that an iced cold glass of fresh squeezed lemonade.  Lemon yellow can be used to brighten up any room in your home.  If you have a room in your home that has the sun shining in it most of the day, then lemon yellow can enhance the natural sunlight.  If you have a room in your home that has less sun, then lemon yellow can bring brightness to that room.  A perfect combination would be lemon yellow walls and deep green trim.  This is the ideal nature combination.  

Any room in your home can be refreshed with these colors.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Using Psychology to Decorate Your Bedroom


When sitting in a room that you want to decorate, thinking of which colors you want, close your eyes and feel the emotions that are going on in your head.  The colors that you choose in that room and throughout you home can have a lasting impression on your psyche.  Understanding how color work on your emotions will help you have a greater understanding of what colors you want in your home.  While psychology studies have shown that there is no universal feeling evoked from any color in all people across the world but they have found that within certain societies there are general trends in different people.  It seems that the same color can have a different effect on people from one country to another.  For example, the color red in the United States means aggression where in China is represents calmness.  

So you may think that you are not sure which colors to choose since each color affects every person different.  But have no fear since there are general trends in psychological studies within the United States that affect all persons.  So in order to choose the colors that are right for your mood, you also have to take into consideration the emotions and feelings of everyone else who lives in the home.  Except for your bedroom, which is where YOU get to choose the colors because that is where you spend your time more than anyone else in the house, the other rooms in the home are used and occupied by everyone in the household.  

The two colors that are the most extreme are black and white.  These two colors are total opposites.  Black is an attention grabber.  It creates a dark, sultry ambience.  It is important to note that if you use too much black in any room in your home it will make that room look smaller than it actually is.  The color black has also been known to cause more nightmares in people.  But the color white has its problems too.  Many people use the color white for the walls in their home.  The color can have a soothing effect on people.  But white can also lead to a lack of stimulation.  So because of this white is not a good color for a bedroom.  

Earth tones are another popular color for many people.  These colors are gentle and bring a cozy feeling to any room.  Earth tone colors include brown, orange, greens and yellows.  Brown brings families closer together, orange is a happy color and yellow has a positive effect on people.  

Blues and greens bring peace and serenity to most people.  It reminds many people of nature, the sky and crystal clear water.  Using blues and greens in your bedroom can bring calmness among its occupants and that makes for better sleep.  The color bleu also reduces nighttime cravings.  

Red is a color that dispenses excitement.  If you are a person that suffers from insomnia then red is not a color that you want to use in the bedroom.  Red also makes people more aggressive.  It speeds up people metabolism and gives them more energy.

Tones and shades are important to take note of as they will alter these effects somewhat.  It is the effects on your own mind that are most important, and only you can truly understand your own impressions.