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Awlwood MA Primer

  • Applications: Preparing Hardwoods or Softwoods Wood for Painting
  • Coverage: Hard Timbers Absorb Less Primer than Soft Timbers
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    Awlwood MA is an exterior clear system that is made up of a Primer and Clear Finish (available as satin or gloss). By combining the Primer and Clear together, the synergistic effect results in an outstanding system that adheres and bonds directly to the wood's cellular structure, giving extended performance and retaining the same gloss and natural appearance as first application.

    For exterior, above waterline use only


    • High building, fast curing formulation allowing multiple applications per day reducing work time
    • Applicable over a wide range of temperatures and humidity by various methods to achieve the same great result every time
    • Remains highly flexible throughout lifetime of system, allowing natural substrate movement while giving excellent toughness and abrasion resistance
    • Use of the full system gives a synergistic effect resulting in extended performance, retaining the same gloss, DOI and natural appearance as first application

    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 primers, topcoats
    • If timber is badly weathered, scrub with the grain using a stiff bristled wire brush and running water to remove all grey timber from the surface before sanding
    • Remove all previous coating systems and contaminants
    • Surface of the timber should be mechanically removed until coloration is even and original timber tone is 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 timber gets wet after 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 removing immediately using paper towels or rags, changing frequently
      • Failure to follow this method can result in greater concentration of resin on surface of timber
      • Ensure surface is completely dry before applying Awlwood primer
      • Apply primer within an hour of degreasing
        • Note: Occasionally some timber extracts can retard the cure of 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 primer
      • Any excess glue should be removed by sanding the cured epoxy before priming to prevent irregular spots in varnished finish
      • NOTE: This method may result in these areas appearing slightly darker than surrounding wood due to the absorbtion 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
      • 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: 39° F - 86° F (4° C - 30° C)
        • Relative humidity 30% - 95%
        • NOTE: Awlwood Primers cure by the interaction with 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 into a roller tray or working pot
        • Seal original container immediately to prevent moisture exposure
        • Screw 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 can
      • Awlwood Primer Clear Application Method
        • Apply by brush or roller until timber is saturated
        • Do not attempt to build a film
        • On deep-grained timbers such as Iroko and Wenge, do not flood the grain
        • This will need to be filled using successive coats of Awlwood Clear Gloss
      • Awlwood Primer Red & Yellow Application (Method 1 - Apply with Rag)
        • Apply with a rag or staining cloth as per a rubbing stain
        • Make sure the primer is applied to timber saturation but do not attempt to build a film
        • "Sticky" Primer can be overcoated with fresh material for 15 minutes or so after application
        • This 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 with brush or roller)
        • Work in sections 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 1.0m wide to prevent excess primer becoming tacky and non-removable
        • Wiping off excess primer down to timber surface is key to achieving natural appearance
        • If excess Primer becomes tacky apply fresh material up to 15 minutes after application to re-dissolve
        • Product will remain workable for about 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
    • Useful Tips
      • Primer Bleed :
        • Hardwoods with a deep capillary structure may "bleed" Primer as it cures, leaving a spotted or bubbled effect
        • 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 or in overcast conditions or early in the day
      • Masking tape:
        • It is 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 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
      • Achieving even coloration:
        • On extremely absorbent timbers such as Spruce, the use of colored primers can give a mottled appearance
        • Use clear primer with no more than 10% colored Primer added to topcoat to achieve a more even coloration
      • Mixing colored Primers:
        • All of the primers are intermixable
        • On soft, absorbent timber, the colored primer tint strengths can give an overly dark appearance
        • Mix colored primers and clear primer 50/50 by volume to reduce tint strength on soft, absorbent timber
      • 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 topcoating 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 are sandable after 18 hours at 60° F (15° C), 12 hours at 77° F (25° C) and 10 hours at 86° F (30° C). Sand using P400 grit sandpaper for colored primers and P280-320 grit for clear

    For further details see Product Data Sheet


    • The quantity of primer required varies depending on timber density/absorbency and the application method.
    • Hard timber absorbs less primer than soft timber
    • 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

    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


    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
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    Awlwood Brushing Reducer
    Item #: 756944
  • Slows Curing Process in Hot or Windy Conditions
  • Use as Flushing Solvent, Brushing Reducer and Cleaner
  • Container Size: Quart
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    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
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    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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