Awlwood MA Primer - Clear
Awlwood MA Primer - Clear
Awlwood MA Primer - Clear

Awlwood MA Primer - Clear

  • Applications: Preparing Hardwoods or Softwoods Wood for Painting
  • Coverage: Hard Timbers Absorb Less Primer than Soft Timbers
  • Color: Clear, Container, Quart
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    Packaged Weight: 
    2.50 Lbs.
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    Awlwood MA Primer - Clear J3809 Awlgrip Awlwood MA Primer - Clear (J3809) is part of an exterior primer system consisting of a primer and clear finish. Awlwood MA Primer - Clear
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    Awlgrip Awlwood MA Primer - Clear (J3809) is part of an exterior primer system consisting of a primer and clear finish. It's use to prepare hardwoods or softwoods for the finish coat.


    • Formulated to deeply penetrate wood grain even tropical hardwoods
    • Gives longer lasting color stability and improved system adhesion
      • Chemical affinity for the wood and locks directly onto the wood structure
    • System remains highly flexible throughout lifetime of system, allowing natural substrate movement while providing excellent toughness and abrasion resistance
    • The quantity of primer required varies depending on timber density/absorbency and the application method.
      • Hard timbers (e.g. Teak) absorb less primer than soft timbers (e.g. Oregon)
    • Brushing the primer on before removing excess material with a rag will use more primer than applying as per a rubbing stain but can give a more desirable result
    • Coverage calculations are based on theoretical transfer efficiency of 100%
    • Actual coverage rate obtained will vary according to equipment choice, application techniques, part size, and application environment
    • Do not add Awlwood Brush Cleaner, universal or alcohol-based thinners or reducers to Awlwood Primers

    Note: This multi-component system is intended for experienced painters. Please read mixing and application instructions thoroughly prior to starting project to ensure best results.

    Useful Tips

    • Primer Bleed:
      • Hardwoods with a deep capillary structure may "bleed" primer as it cures leaving a spotted or bubbled effect
      • The clear primer can be tipped with a brush if wet, however the colored primers should be wiped with a rag prior to the primer curing
      • If necessary, the rag can be moistened with Awlwood Brushing or Spray Reducer
      • If using the colored primer in direct sunlight, this effect may be pronounced
      • If possible try to apply indoors, in overcast conditions or early in the day
    • Masking tape:
      • It advisable to use plastic making tape around timber areas bordered by paint work if using the Awlwood Yellow or Red Primer
      • Drips splatter or bleed under making tape can be cleaned up with MEK, Acetone or Xylene on a rag providing the primer is uncured but may still stain
      • If completely repainting a boat, it can be useful to undertake work on the brightwork before painting
    • More even coloration:
      • On extremely absorbent timbers such as Spruce, the use of colored primers can give a mottled appearance
      • In this situation, using the clear primer and adding no more than 10% colored Primer to the topcoat will give more even coloration
    • Mixing colored Primers:
      • All of the primers are intermixable
      • On soft absorbent timbers such as Cedar and Oregon, the colored primer tint strengths can give an overly dark appearance
      • On these timbers, the colored primers are generally mixed 50/50 by volume with the clear primer to reduce the tint strength
    • Darker timber tone:
      • This can be achieved by applying multiple coats of Awlwood Gloss with no more than 10% colored primer added
    • Sealing timber with the intention of top coating at a later time:
      • It is best to apply one or two coats of Awlwood Gloss over Primers if the job sequence is to be broken
      • Sand well before continuing
      • The ideal time to apply the first coat of Awlwood Gloss over the Primer is 24 hours for chemical adhesion
    • Sanding:
      • Awlwood Primers can be sanded after 18 hours at 604° F (154° C), 12 hours at 774° F (254° C) and 10 hours at 864° F (304° C)
      • Sand using P400 grit sandpaper for colored primers and P280-320 grit for clear


    • Awlwood MA Primer Surface Preparation:
      • Any cracks in the timber should be epoxy filled or splined with timber prior to sanding
      • Radius all edges to ensure that no sharp corners remain
      • Never use teak cleaners: Oxalic acid residues impede proper curing of both primers and topcoats
      • If timber is badly weathered, scrub with the grain using a stiff bristled wire brush and running water to remove all gray timber from the surface before sanding.
      • Remove all previous coating systems and contaminants
      • The surface of the timber should be mechanically removed until coloration is even and the original timber tone has been exposed
      • All substrates must be sanded using no finer than P120 grit (sanding with the grain for the final sand)
        • If bare timber has been saturated with salt water at any stage, scrub well with fresh water to remove salt deposits from the timber before commencing sanding
        • If the timber gets wet after the final sand water spots may appear. Re-sand these areas with P120 grit paper before priming
    • Applying to Resinous Timber:
      • Remove any sanding dust from the grain of the timber using clean compressed air, vacuum or brush
      • Working in sections, apply Acetone by brush, scrubbing in well, then remove immediately using paper towels or rags which are changed frequently
      • Failure to follow this method can result in a greater concentration of resin on the surface of the timber
      • Ensure the surface is completely dry before applying the Awlwood primer
      • Apply the primer within an hour of degreasing
        • Note: Occasionally some timber extracts can retard the cure of the primer. Test on small areas if unsure
    • Filling Defects/Fixing Holes:
      • For all defects, where possible, and especially for screw holes, the best solution for filling is to use wooden plugs of the same wood
      • Care should be taken to line the grain up if inserting plugs and should be fixed into place using an epoxy resin based glue
      • Any excess glue should be removed by sanding the cured epoxy before priming to prevent irregular spots in the varnished finish
        • If this method is not feasible or possible then the use of an epoxy resin mixed with dust/shavings (preferably from the same wood as that being coated)
      • Once cured these filled areas should be sanded prior to application of the primer
      • Any excess glue should be removed by sanding the cured epoxy before priming to prevent irregular spots in the varnished finish
      • NOTE: This method may result in these areas appearing slightly darker than surrounding wood due to the absorbencies of epoxy compared to the wood
      • Use of a colored primer will help minimize color differences
      • Alternatively addition of colored primer, as noted elsewhere in TDS, to the topcoats will have the same effect
      • Always test on a small, non-visible area first


    • Application equipment and parameters are given as a guide:
      • Actual equipment choices will vary according to application conditions, equipment age and other factors
      • Testing on a non-critical area should be carried out prior to full-scale application
      • Contact local technical service representative for further advice if necessary
    • Suitable application temperatures: 4° C - 30° C:
      • Relative humidity 30% - 95%
      • NOTE: Awlwood Primers cure by the mechanism of moisture in the air (humidity); very low moisture content in the air will lead to longer cure times
        • Do not use this product in an air-conditioned environment
      • If the product is to be applied in an environment where it is suspected that low humidity may inhibit the cure of the product, apply to a test area first
      • Decant sufficient product for 30 minutes use into a roller tray or working pot
      • Seal the original container immediately to prevent moisture exposure
      • Screw the cap on fully
      • A deep working pot is preferable to one that is broad and shallow to minimize moisture exposure and maximize pot life
      • Do not tip unused product back into the can
    • Awlwood Primer Clear Application Method:
      • Apply by brush or roller until timber is saturated
      • Do not attempt to build a film
      • On very deep grained timbers such as Iroko and Wenge, do not flood-coat the grain
      • This will need to be filled using successive coats of Awlwood Clear Gloss
    • Awlwood Primer Red & Yellow Application Method 1:
      • Applying using a rag Apply with a rag or staining cloth as per a rubbing stain
      • Make sure that the primer is applied to timber saturation but do not attempt to build a film
      • "Sticky" Primer can be over coated with fresh material for 15 minutes or so after application
      • This application method tends to create less mess than the following if brush splatter (on decks etc.) is an issue
    • Awlwood Primer Red & Yellow Application Method 2:
      • Apply using brush or roller
      • Work in sections applying the Primer to achieve timber saturation
      • Remove excess material by rubbing with the grain using paper towels or rags which are frequently changed
      • Do not attempt to build a film
      • Apply Primer to an area approximately 1.0 m wide to prevent excess primer becoming tacky and non-removable
      • Wiping off excess primer right down to the timber surface is key to achieving a natural appearance
      • If excess Primer does become tacky apply fresh material up to 15 minutes after application to re-dissolve
      • The product will remain workable for ~5 minutes depending upon application conditions
      • Do not let wet edges dry for longer than 3 minutes before applying and overlapping the next section of primer

    For further details see Product Data Sheet

    Warning Notes:

    • Not suitable for use in temperatures less than 4° C
    • Not suitable for use in very low humidity atmospheres
    • Do not add Awlwood Brush Cleaner, universal or alcohol-based thinners or reducers to Awlwood Primers
    • Ensure that brushes washed with Awlwood Brush Cleaner are well rinsed with Acetone, Awlwood Brushing Reducer or Awlwood Spray Reducer before using with Awlwood Primers
    • Check with local authorities to determine VOC restrictions in your area
    • Please ensure a risk assessment is carried out to assess the level of PPE required for the particular task undertaken when using this product
    Documentation available at the following links:

    Awlwood Brush Cleaner
    Item #: 756943
  • Function: Preserve and Clean Brushes during Application of Awlwood Products
  • Should Not be Used with or Added into any other Awlgrip Branded Products
  • MUST NOT be Used as a Thinner for Awlwood Products, Container Size: Quart
    Our Price: $44.99
    Model #: T0200
    Awlwood Brushing Reducer
    Item #: 756944
  • Slows Curing Process in Hot or Windy Conditions
  • Use as Flushing Solvent, Brushing Reducer and Cleaner
  • Container Size: Quart
    Our Price: $34.99
    Model #: AWL T0201
    Awlwood MA Spray Reducer
    Item #: 756945
  • Function: Spray Reducer, Flushing Solvent and Cleaner
  • Fast Evaporating Thinner Formulated to Assist in Spray Application
  • Container Size: Quart
    Our Price: $34.99
    Model #: AWL T0202Q
    3M Marine Wet or Dry Silicon Carbide Sandpaper
    Item #: 754092
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  • Applications: Wood, Paint, Metal, Plastic and Fiberglass
  • Dimensions: 9" X 11", Sold (5) Sheets per Package
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