Softwood Lye is used for lye priming of unfinished or freshly sanded interior woodwork such as floors, stairs, furniture, and panels. The priming prevents the wood from yellowing and enhances the natural grain of the wood producing a whitewash finish. Softwood Lye may be used for all types of soft wood such as pine and spruce. Used on larch wood, an antique grey/brownish finish is created. Softwood Lye may not be used on hardwood. NB: By use of softwood lye on spruce the wood may assume a greenish colour which will disappear in the course of time.
How to do - step 1
Use protective gloves and goggles during work. The unfinished woodwork must be sanded finely, clean and dry before application of lye. Shake the container well and pour the lye into a plastic bucket and stir regularly during application to get a uniform finish. Apply the lye with an acid-proof brush undiluted in an even coat lengthwise of the floor.
How to do - step 2
Vertical woodwork, apply the lye from top to bottom.
How to do - step 3
Tools may be cleaned with water.
How to do - step 4
Lye primed wood floor may be washed with Wood Cleaner after approx. 1 hour. Alternatively, the lye primed surface may after approx. 1 hour be polished with a green or beige pad under the polishing machine and finally vacuum cleaned. After a drying time of 8 hours at 20° C (the wood must be completely dry), the wood floor may be oiled with Wood Floor Oil, Master Oil, Colour Oil or High Solid Master Oil or soaped with Natural Soap.