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Paint finish on RIFLIX wood panels

Using paint finish on RIFLIX wood panels is scarcely different from finishing wood. The best results are achieved when using polyurethane and acrylic paints.

The most impressive and original is patina finish on RIFLIX wood panels due to the panels' specific profile. Different combinations of patina and substrate colors allow the creation of very interesting effects.

Carry out the work in a well-heated room. RIFLIX is a natural wooden material, so all painting operations are identical to standard wood painting techniques. We recommend the following:
1. Lightly grind the fabric surface with Scotch-Brite. This is not so much grinding as "scanning" individual separated wood fibers which may interfere with painting.
2. Blow the fabric with air.
3. Apply the stain (preferably water based). Coloring agents are selected individually according to the design solution, sample, or otherwise.
4. Grouting (we recommend polyurethane primer). Viscosity, dry residue of the primer, and thickness of the layer are determined based on decorative task and with the understanding that a thicker layer of primer will provide better protection for the fabric. The use of thixotropic materials is entirely optional.
5. Dry the fabric until the primer is completely polymerized.
6. Grind with a grinding sponge, grain size No. 180240.
7. Blow the fabric with air.
8. Apply the patina (optional). Patina pairs very nicely with RIFLIX; its profile allows subtle shades of patina and unexpected decorative effects. For example, using black patina against light stain creates a sense of fabric floating in air. It looks particularly impressive with a light base top. While preparing for application, the patina should be diluted by the desired ratio; it is suggested to use ethanol as a solvent. Unlike acetone, ethanol barely reacts with the substrate (primer) and evaporates as quickly as acetone. For this reason, proper grinding of excessive patina is easy.
9. Dry the patina to a complete evaporation of the solvent.
10. Remove excess patina. Do this using Scotch-Brite or a fine grinding sponge with a minimum grain No. 240. Make light, gliding motions only along the pleated fabric elements, gradually moving across the surface. You should take care with uniformity of pressure and number of movements over the treated areas for a most uniform removal of the patina layer. As a result of the treatment, a layer of pre-applied patina is removed from the top parts of the corrugations while patina remains in the grooves of the corrugations.
11. Blow the fabric with air.
12. Varnish (polyurethane varnish is recommended). The viscosity of the varnish and the thickness of the applied layer are to be determined by the decorative tasks and with the understanding that a thicker layer of paint will provide better protection for the fabric.
13. Dry the fabric.

If installing RIFLIX panels in areas with variable humidity (+/- 15%) we definitely recommend painting not only the front side but also the back of the panels. This is because the open wooden surface of the back also absorbs moisture, although to a lesser extent than the front. One layer of primer will provide minimal protection, while maximum protection is achieved with varnish and primer.