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Stain and varnish vs Prooftint
Don't use stain and varnish to stain your timber it's for repairs. Instead get the Prooftint and clear varnish separate.
No blotchyness especially for black japan.
Don't be lazy and have some patience.
Follow instructions - works
I use it to finish guitars. They have woods ranging from maple to ash to mahogany. I find if you follow drying instructions they work fine. Wipe on poly is no different. It is easy clean up, very economical. You have to wipe it on thin and be patient. It starts going off straight away which is good. Don't keep going over it and don't rework an area that's partly dry. The quick flash off means less dust and debris settles and it doesn't show fingerprints and incidental touches.
Stain and varnish - rubbish
Extremely difficult to get a good finish from this product. Bubbles easily, goes tacky very quickly, but takes 12 hours before recoat so takes forever to complete a project. Never again..
Decent epoxy resin
Been using this for a number of years with no real issues.
Finish is a little 'softer' then other brands and can scratch easily, but generally comes up really nice.
Curing time can vary massively with weather, some pours i've done have taken 24 hours, others have taken 7 days to harden. So do when warm, and be sure to mix thoroughly, and when you think its mixed, mix some more.
The 5:3 ratio is a pain, and most epoxy measuring cups won't have this ratio.
All in all, happy with how it turns out, but will use other brands for higher quality jobs or larger pours.
Sanding Sealer - excellent
Gives a perfect surface. Reduces contrast with pine. It’s not just dilute clear coat, there are solids in it so mix it PROPERLY every time you open the can. Can be a bit thick in cold weather. Turps based.
Too soft a finish marks very easily
Half way through coating a cedar deck which I spent many hours on preparing.
Thought I’d bought a good product spar varnish . Third and fourth coats on parts of the deck .24hours and light sand between coats . It’s been four days since the last coat. Lovely weather for drying.
The stuff is too soft , you can scratch it with lightly using you finger nail. It marks easily have to redcoat with something else. Lots of time and dollars wasted
What a horrible product
I best describe applying FW Stain nVarnish like using a two tone paint
I applied with a brush and a sponge,with below average results
Bubbly even after only stirring,leaves thick patches of stain next too thin glossy parts "in 1 brushstroke"
Sticky takes forever too dry
Has really made a mess of my dining room table which I spent hrs preping,$60 a litre as well
NEVER again Feastwatson,binning product and back too a few hrs prep again sanding all off.
Tried using this for the first time when finishing a piece of furniture. Does not wipe nicely and tends to be very sticky but also very runny which leads to an ugly finish unless extreme care is used, which just leads to a mediocre finish instead.
Stripped the piece and tried again with spray varnish method this time, again a disaster - despite instructions on the can claiming that the stain can be mixed with varnish, this does not work correctly as the stain seems to isolate itself from the varnish leaving tiny black 'globules' of stain in addition to the main pigmentation.
Would not recommend ever using prooftint especially as there are far more reliable stains from Cabbots available for less than half the price!
Good but bad Pooftint
The product itself is good but it's what it's contained in and the appalling customer service is what concerns me the most. I'd purchased Feast Watson black Prooftint traditional stain product on numerous occasions having the same problem each time. If you don't consume the total contents all at once you will have problems. The 1 litre tins that it comes in deteriorates rapidly to the point where the remaining contents leaks out onto whatever or wherever you have stored. In my case - shelving and garage floors. The first time it happened I tho...ught it was an isolated case but after it happened twice more alarms sounded. I contacted the seller - Bunnings - who referred me back to the manufacturer Feast Watson , contacting them via their website on two separate occasions advising them of my concerns without any response from them what so ever. There is a clear problem with these containers, that cause extensive property damage that Feast Watson don't seem to care about. My suggestion would be to use another reputable brand or if you absolutely have to purchase this product then remove the contents from the tin can and store it in a glass container
Faulty product an they won't admit
Feast Watson 10L Taman Merbau Decking Stain have never had an Issue in the past. This year I bought a new tin did the prep as per other years an this time the product will not dry, it is tacky, Rang Feast & Watson and was told to apply Mineral Turps to a cloth so it will dry ..... That tells me the Product is FAULTY .. Why not admit to the Faulty product.. NEVER ever going to use this product again.
I even tried a sample on Raw timber an the results were the same did not dry remained tacky eventually it dried nearly 2 weeks later.
4 times and a fortune later and still cant get a good finish after following instructions perfectly!!! This product is definitely not worth the hassle!!!
Three times I have tried using it . First time a year ago on a bench, next two times in a kitchen. I tried using the recommended sealer on two of these uses. Once direct onto timber. Each time the results were the same a very uneven and pitted finish. Regardless of using a torch. This product is not fit for purpose and expensive. I see other have wtitten articles of praise. Maybe its possible some of the product is contaminated. My experience , steer well clear, and buy a two pack fibreglass clearcoat instead. More reliable
Amazingly simple to use - really nice finish
We bought this product to finish a soft piece of cedar mounted on knee wall in the entrance to office.
The instructions were easy to follow - seal timber with clear varnish, then clean properly with metho to remove finger prints etc. Mix both bottles and stir well for few minutes.
Applied to timber and used blow torch to remove bubbles.
The resin set hard overnight and finish is just like glass - so smooth and clear. Perhaps some very minor ripples in finish if you look across the surface at low angle. It doesn't add any colour tint to the final finish either.
Very happy with the finish - so I don't know why so many people have issue with their finish.
Follow the instructions
I used Glass Finish on some small wood slices to make two trophies. Absolutely thrilled with the result - came out as good as I hoped it would. All I can say is follow instructions carefully and measure accurately. I sealed my surface prior to application with Proof Coat and then placed the emblem/decoration in place on the wood then applied glass finish.
Professional finish first time.
What more can I say?
Absolutely superb product
Brilliant product and I use it every day .
Two parts poured together completely and stirred slowly for 2-3 minutes till clear not yellow.
Then pour onto surface and spread with stick provided or a spreader ( a paint stirrer works well )
Then blue plumbers blow torch gently waved across the top as the glass reacts to the timber and forms pockets of air that need to be released as it's hardens .
Twenty minutes later I'm left with a beautiful surface and in twelve hours it's gorgeous and 24 hours touch to use .
Bought this to finish a lighter but nicely figured piece of wood. Spent ages preparing wood before applying this. Used high quality brush. This stuff goes on like tar, uneven finish and colour. A complete waste of my time and effort. Avoid this garbage at all costs. I'd give it no stars if I could
Awful purple-pink tinge in walnut wood stain
Awful, horrible, waste of money. Patch tested and seemed okay so used on a larger part of my project. Turned the cabinet a horrible puce (think browny- purple-pink) colour. Tried to remove with metho most of the brown came away, left the cabinet pinky coloured. Have to sand off and retain with something else. I hope what ever I buy next can cover it up.
Glass Finish - Epoxy is an ok product if you prepare properly
It's always easy to blame the product. I do a lot of woodcraft including redgum natural edge desks, coffee tables and other various items. I have used this product many times and have had no issues. I live in Ballarat - Victoria where the temperature can be all over the place - hot, cold and that's usually a factor when setting up to apply epoxy. I have never has issues with this product - as my preparation and application were done correctly. Jack from Ballarat.
Looks good when applied correctly
Doesn't come in larger volumes.
Was advised by 2 different bunnings stores to use this product to apply onto travertine table,was skeptical but trusted them , applied to perfectly clean and sanded italian travetine dining table .I stood around with small blowtorch to [suffocate ] the ridiculous amont of bubbles forming on the surface ,needless to say was not succesfull ! will have to strip and redo with something else , do not waste your money on this [censored word removed]!!! I have used many 2 part epoxy and urethane finishes in the past with success ,this stuff is no good
Constantly bubbling ,would not tack off for ages ,then all of a sudden just skinned of will all these huge bubbles in it
Dont buy Feast Watson Glass Finish Varnish
Three weeks ago my husband & I installed new wood bench tops in our kitchen ($450). We used Feast Watson 'Glass Finish' product ($180). The instructions said to allow 3 days to dry hard, however after 7 days 20% of the bench top was still sticky. We called the company for advise on how to fix the 'sticky' sections. The staff suggested that we wait longer or apply more product if it is uneven. We bought more product ($180) and applied this to the bench tops. We waited another week and were horrified to discover it was worse! Now 50% on the bench...top is 'tacky'. We had arranged for a tenent to move into this rental property in a weeks time & as we could not wait any longer for this product to set, we were forced to buy more new bench tops ($450) & take time off work to rip out the tacky bench tops to install more new bench tops. The Feast Watson advise that weather conditions must consistantly be between 10-30 degrees. This may seem ok at first, but consider...this rules out using the product in Winter & Summer. Even in Spring & Autumn, evening temps often drop below 10 degrees & day time temps above 30 degrees. The company says that humid conditions are also not suitable, so this rules out a large chunk of the country. Why produce a product which is so limited in it's use??? Don't buy this product as it won't set to a hard varnish as promised by the maker.
Questions & Answers
Can I paint over a cork tile floor after it’s sanded. It’s currently an orange colour. I’d like a limed or lighter beachy finish for my holiday home.
Peter Spillane Berry NSW
I have a table with clear finish on it can I apply over it or do I need to strip back first
I need to know if I can use a clear lacquer over the top of feast Watson hard wax to get a really good glossy hard finish stupid question but I need to know if I can do that cheers Andrew
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