Do I Need A Primer?
Some colors, especially yellows, reds and oranges, and other dark accent colors, are considered by the paint industry to be “poor hiding” colors. That means they usually need a primer because, despite their strong, vibrant color, they’re not good at hiding the color they’re covering.
Using a grey or tinted primer can help you avoid having to apply multiple coats of paint to get the color you want. A tinted primer will help prepare the existing surface for your color. After that, you’ll typically only need to apply two coats of paint to get that perfect result.
At ECOS, we can help you tell which colors need a primer. Click here to print a zig-zag patterned paint card you can use to test your paint sample. Apply two coats of paint over the pattern. If you can still see the pattern through the paint, you’ll get better results if you use a grey or tinted primer under your color.
Painting Tips to Improve “Hide"
- Always choose a high-quality paint like ECOS.
- If you have multiple cans of the same color, combine them before you start to paint.
- Always stir paint thoroughly before painting.
- Don’t thin or dilute the paint with water.
- Use the correct primer as described above, or when you’re applying paint over a porous surface.
- Don’t spread the paint too thinly or unevenly.
- Allow the recommended drying time between coats.
- Always use high-quality brushes, rollers, and other tools.
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Nature's Palette Colors
The expansive, dramatic skies add saturation to the wide-ranging palette.
The warmth of the palette also reflects the flowering hues of springtime.
From the deep blues of the mountain ranges to the brightly colored flora and fauna, this ecoregion also boasts highly saturated primary colors.
The warms and cools of this palette are uniformly vibrant and saturated.
This set of nine neutral colors is meant to complement the other ECOS System palettes.
ECOS Original Colors
Interior Semi-Gloss Clear Varnish
WoodShield Interior Semi-Gloss Clear Varnish is a medium sheen, protective finish that dries to a hard, durable film - ideal for wood floors, window frames, doors, trim, and furniture, without the polyurethane odors and harmful fumes found in traditional products. Not recommended for oily woods such as Teak, Rosewood and Olive.
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WoodShield Interior Semi-Gloss Clear Varnish is a medium to high sheen, protective finish that dries to a hard, washable, durable film ideal for wood floors, window frames, doors, trim, and furniture. Not recommended for oily woods such as Teak, Rosewood and Olive.
- ✔ Zero VOC1
- ✔ No Odor2
- 1Conforms to CDPH 01350 (VOC emissions test taken at 14 days).
- 2No traditional paint (polyurethane) odor, which can cause headaches, nausea, and respiratory issues.
Interior Semi-Gloss Clear Varnish
|Preparation||Good surface preparation is vital for the perfect finish. Surfaces should be clean, dry, and free from any dirt, dust, flaking pieces, or contaminants. Repair any cracks, holes, or imperfections. Sand the wood in the direction of the grain to obtain a smooth uniform surface. First use a medium-grade sandpaper (120 grit) working your way to fine-grade sandpaper (220 grit). Do not use steel wool. Wipe clean with a damp cloth to remove all sanding dust, and let dry thoroughly before applying the varnish. Always spot test on an inconspicuous area to ensure satisfactory results.|
|Application and Clean Up||Stir thoroughly before and during use to eliminate any settling. Do not shake. Do not thin. Do not apply in temperatures below 50oF. Dries to the touch in 30 to 60 minutes. Recommended wait time between coats is 2 to 4 hours. High humidity and cool temperatures may result in longer dry and recoat times. Clean application tools with warm soapy water. For application on window frames, doors, trim and furniture: apply a thin coat of varnish using a high quality synthetic bristle brush, or foam brush. Do not allow the varnish to puddle, or over-brush the finish. Once dry, lightly sand the entire surface with fine sandpaper (220 grit) to ensure an even finish and proper adhesion. Remove all dust. Apply a second coat. Allow 24 hours before light use. For application on wooden floors, use a lambswool or synthetic pad applicator, and maintain a wet edge to avoid lap marks. Apply three coats, sanding between coats. Avoid heavy traffic and replacing of furniture for 72 hours after the final coat. When replacing furniture, do not slide, and use felt protectors under table and chair legs to avoid scratching. Do not install rugs, or clean floors for seven days.|
|Maintenance||To clean surfaces we recommend using warm water and a mild detergent. Do not use abrasive or harsh chemicals such as ammonia, vinegar, powdered all-purpose cleaners, Endust, Pledge, Murphy’s Oil Soap, any type of wax, or silicone based products. Do not steam clean. Do not allow water to stand on the floor for extended periods of time.|
|Coverage||500 sq. ft. per gallon|