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Does exactly what it says on the tin!
Ronseal Quick Drying Coloured Varnish
Member Name: juicy_lucy
Ronseal Quick Drying Coloured Varnish
Date: 18/02/06, updated on 18/02/06 (4416 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to apply, low odour and low mess
DOES EXACTLY WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN!!
We have just spent the last couple of days stripping and sanding four newel posts and a large banister…PURE JOY!!
It meant that I had to find something to protect the wood- mainly the banister, since the newel posts are hard wood and have been having lots of tlc and wax rubbing!
So, having used this product before, and been more than happy with the results, it was time to use it again.
The varnish comes, unsurprisingly, in a tin with the usual logo, instructions, and directions for use.
There are several size tins available, and I usually keep a small 250ml tin for those inevitable touch up "I've missed a bit jobs"
The product is also available in a gloss finish, but I have always used the matt, preferring a low sheen finish.
The varnish can be used for doors, floors, furniture, skirting boards. In fact, most interior woodwork, including cork, hardboard and chipboard.
Open the tin and the varnish is a bit white and milky which is quite worrying the first time you use it as you imagine your surface will be a milky colour…but fear not!!
• Quick drying; touch dry in 20 minutes and needs only 2 hours between coats
• Tough and durable; protects wood from knocks and scratches and also provides protection from most household chemicals
• Suitable for floors: see above
• Easy clean up; all you have to do is wash your brush with water and detergent
• Low odour; good idea!
• Safe for toys
• Recyclable sheets
I like this section, as it is called "wise precautions" rather than "warnings".
In fact, having studied the tin, I can't find any pictures of a skull or any dreadful warnings.
It does suggest that the product is protected from frost, which kind of rules out leaving it in the shed; However, I have left tins in the shed and they have survived a Northern winter! Avoid contact with skin and eyes, and if it does touch either, rinse thoroughly and seek medical advice. The usual advise is given, to keep it out of the reach of children, which is common sense but something I suppose manufacturers have to indicate.
**Using the Product**
The directions advise that for best results, all existing coverings are removed and the wood is lightly sanded down…hence the days of preparation before we varnished the stairs.
If the surface to be varnished is already varnished but sound, then still give it a light sanding, to give the varnish something to grip on to.
When applying the varnish, a good quality brush should be used and the varnish applied in the direction of the grain of the wood.
It is suggested that 2-3 coats are enough for most surfaces, although for obvious reasons, floors will require more coats.
Ronseal Technical Services
Tel: 0114 2467171
Actually a really useful website if you are into that kind of thing. There is a product selector guide, lots of hints and tips, and even help with working out how much of any given product you will need.
So, for any diy information and advice you might need, it's excellent!
Ultra tough clear varnish
The varnish is indeed low odour, compared to many similar products; I didn't feel the need to immediately open every window and door in the house.
Although it s a milky colour when first opened, this goes on the surface clear. When I very first used it to varnish a floor, I believe I put too much of the product on the floor, and ended up with a couple of milky "bubbles". Because it does go on clear, don't give in to the temptation to apply too much.
Apply the maxim…"less is more"
As mentioned, I have varnished floors with this product, and it is excellent for this. Too many varnishes take an age to dry and consequently, any project takes days. I found that it really did dry within the promised time, and was ready for another coat after two hours. That's a real plus when you're doing a floor and know that it has to be durable as quickly as possible. One of the floors treated with this varnish was a breakfast room floor which got more tread than anywhere else in the house…with 3 children that's lots of tread. Once 3 coats had been applied, it lasted and lasted and needed resanding and therefore recoating after nearly 2 years…not a bad deal for a day spent varnishing.
I have also used the varnish for a kitchen table which we found in a sadly neglected state, and once "done up" and varnished, gave us about 5 years of dedicated service…and this table took a bashing!
The latest project is, as mentioned, the stairs and banister.
The varnish is easy to apply and now that I have applied 2 coats of the varnish, the banister is "looking good"!! I did follow the instructions to the letter and after the first layer of varnish, and knowing I was going to apply only two coats, I gave the surfaces a wipe down with a damp cloth before applying the final coat. I don't know what difference this makes but it works for me, and I feel better knowing I have done it properly.
Because the varnish is clear, the grain of the newly stripped and sanded wood shines through and whilst I like the matt, I am sure that some woods look better varnished with a more shiny finish.
Since I have used the varnish before, I know that it will withstand knocks and bangs; if it can cope with floors, the banister will be a doddle!
I can therefore look forward to a good few years before this has to be reapplied and before I have to get sanding again!
So, I would recommend this varnish if you have wood which needs to be varnished and not stained.
It does in fact live up to its promises and has lived up to my expectations.
Thanks for reading.
Summary: Effective product to protect woodwork