Warning!!! Oil soaked rags must be properly stored and disposed of as they can self-ignite! Place all oil soaked rags into a bucket of water or a metal container with a lid before disposal.
* Use a piece of cardboard to rest tools and wet pads on. Never rest wet pads or naps on bare wood.
* Do not walk on the wet oil with sneakers, put plastic booties or shopping bags over your shoes.
* Use painter’s blue tape with the orange core to protect door frames, stair spindles and base moldings.
* Shake the oil well before and during use. When using color oil, stir and shake well before and during use.
* Finish corners, along walls and around door frames by hand using a paint brush.
Extra care and time is required when finishing an end-grain floor, due to its extreme absorption properties.
- When sanding and screening an end-grain floor, finer grit must be used to prevent excessive oil penetration. Final screening should be done with 180 grit.
- The first coat is considered a primer coat and is done with WOCA Master Oil. Its role is to act as a base for subsequent oil coats. Choose your starting area and pour oil into a paint tray. Spread the oil with a 1/4” nap paint roller and extension pole. Roll the oil as if you are painting the floor. Continue to spread oil until finished. Do not buff the oil into the floor, as this forces too much oil into the floor and the oil base will be too deep, which may cause later bleedback and prolonged drying. When finished, rest your roller in the paint tray or on the cardboard. Coverage: approximately 130-170 sq.ft./ltr.
- Let the primer coat dry and harden a minimum of 48 hours.
- The second coat is done with WOCA High Solid Master Oil. This coat may be mixed with the sanding dust from the previous sanding and troweled onto the floor before buffing it in using a red Norton (or similar) pad under a 175 rpm buffer. Remove all excess oil-oil/filler mix with rags. Change to a clean white pad and continue buffing until an even sheen has been obtained. Coverage: approximately 140-170 sq.ft./ltr.
- Let the second coat dry and harden a minimum of 24 hours.
- For a third coat, place a white Norton pad (or similar) under the buffer, possibly with a WOCA Polishing Cloth under the pad if a slightly lower sheen is desired. Pour a capful of WOCA Master Oil onto the floor two or three feet away from the nearest wall. Start polishing.
- Polish the floor until the oil does not continue to spread as you pass the buffer back and forth across the the work area. The floor should appear silky with an even look, with no oil spray or droplets visible.
- Pour more oil onto the floor as needed and continue polishing. Overlap work areas to ensure an even finish with no spray residue from previous passes. Repeat the process until floor is finished. Coverage: approximately 1,000-1,500 sq.ft./ltr.
- The Master Oil will usually pre-harden in 4-6 hours. Allow the oil to cure 24 hours before placing rugs and furniture on the floor.
- Should a fourth coat be necessary, repeat the process of the previous coat.
- The oil must cure for 72 hours before any water or dirt comes into contact with the floor.
* If you must stop the oiling process, pick a logical place to stop. Tape off along a floor joint before oiling and take care
to protect the immediate unfinished floor with plastic. After oil has dried, reverse the tape seam, tape and protect the
oiled floor before finishing the untreated portion of the floor. Remove tape immediately after oiling.
* Change pads as they become tacky or dirty. Both sides can be used.
* Once you get used to the amount of buffer time necessary to do a section of flooring, increase or decrease the work
area to get a rotation going without any down time.