When applying extra white color wood floor oil to a mid-sized or larger area of wood flooring, a 2.5 liter size of Woca Colour Oil Extra White is a popular choice. The 2-1/2 liter container is small enough to handle with ease yet large enough to cover 275 to 325 square feet of wood flooring. This is the ideal size of Woca Colour Oil Extra White for most projects.
It's best to buy an additional 2.5 L bottle of Woca Colour Oil Extra White if coverage for your specific floor is close to the maximum coverage or buy a 1 Liter of Extra White Oil to ensure enough to complete your job. Test size samples of Woca Extra White Color Oil are available from 1877FloorGuy.Coverage:
2.5 liter jug of oil for 275 - 325 sq ft, depending on the wood species, for the first coat. Second coat will require much less color oil.Preparation:
The unfinished wood floor should be freshly sanded with grit 100-120. Clean the floor with WOCA Wood Cleaner mixed with 2 gallons of warm water plus 6.4 ounces (just over 3/4 cup) of Wood Cleaner. Use the high quality WOCA Swep Mop, which has no loose ends. The wood floor must be completely dry and free from dirt and grease before the WOCA oil application. Recommended moisture maximum 12%. The oiling is made at minimum 18 degree C.Work Instruction:
Oil Application Tips:
- Shake WOCA Colour Oil container well before and during use. Choose your starting area and pour oil into a paint tray. Apply the Colour Oil with a (short-haired) 3/8-inch nap paint roller and extension pole. Roll the oil as if you are painting the floor. Continue to spread oil until you coat 200-250 square feet. Let the oil sit for 5-10 minutes. This will allow the wood floor to absorb oil into the open pores. During this period, move oil around in the treated area as you notice dry spots. When finished, rest your roller in the paint tray or on the cardboard.
- With a red 3M (or similar colorfast) pad under a 175 rpm buffer, wet buff the oiled area slowly for several minutes. This continues to force oil into open pores. Buff until floor is completely saturated with oil, which means that some excess oil must be visible on the surface when finished. Shut off the buffer in the wet area, remove the wet pad and place it on a piece of cardboard.
- With a squeegee, pull all of the oil off of the treated area and onto the next work area. Walk over the oiled floor and with lint free rags wipe up any standing oil. Wipe along walls, corners and door frames, even if no oil residue is visible. If you have beveled planks or cracks between planks, wipe these also if you see excess oil. To speed up removal of excess oil, consider placing a WOCA Polishing Cloth under a clean pad and use the buffer to remove any residue.
- Place a white 3M (or similar) pad under the buffer. Immediately after removing excess oil from the work area, polish the oiled floor. Make at least two slow passes over the area. Wipe up any oil spots that you see while polishing. When finished, the oiled area should have a silky appearance and no oil residue on top of the floor. If you walk on the oiled area after polishing, buff away your foot prints.
- Repeat the process until the floor is completed. After finishing a room, inspect the floor carefully. If necessary, polish the entire floor once more with a clean white pad.
- When using Woca Colour Oil allow pre-hardening for 5 to 6 hours when top coating with the same Color Oil or 20 to 24 hours when top coating with Maintenance Oil Paste. High humidity and cool temperatures may increase the drying time.
- To prevent "bleed back", wipe up oil between floor boards with gaps or bevels before polishing with the white pad.
- If you must quit the oiling process, pick a logical place to stop. Tape off adjoining planks if necessary before oiling and wipe up any oil that may get on bare wood or you will get a "shiny" spot when you continue the oiling. Never stop in the middle of a floor as you will get overlap marks with different sheen levels.
- When polishing the floor with the white pad, check for overspray on previously oiled areas. Overlap work areas during the polishing process to remove any overspray residue.
- Change pads as they become tacky or dirty. You can use both sides.
- Once you get used to the amount of buffer time that is necessary to do a section, increase or decrease the work area to get a rotation going where you do not have any down time.
- You should use 1 liter of Woca Colour Floor Oil for every 110 to 130 sq ft, depending on the wood species.
- It will take a 2 man crew approximately 2 and a half hours of work time per 1,000 square feet.
Rags, pads and other waste soaked with oil may catch fire if improperly discarded. Immediately after use place all rags, pads, or waste in a sealed, water-filled metal container for prompt and proper disposal.Woca Colour Oil Safety Data Sheet