Features & Uses

AWL-BRITEŽ PLUS is a new buffable, high build, three component clear urethane for marine brightwork. AWL-BRITEŽ PLUS provides a far more durable finish than varnish, is faster curing and as easy to apply. Do not use below the waterline.

Specification Data

Type: Three Component Acrylic Urethane
Color: Clear
Packaging: 56 oz. kit, Gallons and Quarts
Theoretical Coverage - Sq. Feet/Gallon
930 Sq. Feet at 1 mil dry (25 microns)
93 Sq. Feet at recommended dry film thickness of 10 coats.
Coverage calculations are based on theoretical transfer efficiency of 100%. Actual coverage rate obtained will vary according to equipment choice, application techniques, part size, and application environment.
Recommended Wet Film Thickness: 2.0-2.5 mils (50-62 microns) per coat.
Recommended Dry Film Thickness: 1.0-1.2 mils (25-30 microns) per coat.
Anticipated Cure Time at 77°F/50% R.H: 3 hours to recoat; 12 hours to light service; 7 days for full cure.
Recoatability: With itself: 3 hours minimum, 36 hours maximum without sanding or scuffing.

Product Components, Reducers, Additives, and
Auxiliary Components

Base J3005
Converter J3006
Brushing Activator A0031
56 oz. Kit J3005-K41
Equipment Cleaning T0001, T0002, or T0003, or M.E.K.

Application Equipment

Brush and roller application. See page 9.

Surface Preparation

The wood should be clean, dry, smooth, and well seasoned.

New Wood: Use of a marine teak cleaner or wood bleach is advised on new wood to remove excess oils, promote color uniformity, and adhesion. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for use and thoroughly remove all cleaner and neutralizer residue before proceeding.

Rough sawn lumber must receive heavy sanding to level the grain. Work through the grits to effectively level the grain 60/80 to 100/150 to 220 to, and so on. When the grain is level, smooth sand the surface with 320 grit paper.

Old finishes in good condition should be washed with AWL-PREPŽ Surface Cleaner, then sanded with 220-320 grit paper to remove the gloss. Old finishes in poor condition should be removed. Test on a small area to make sure AWL-BRITEŽ PLUS doesn’t attack the old finish. If old finish is attacked, it must be completely removed.

Mixing & Reduction

AWL-BRITEŽ PLUS is a three component product. Mix by volume 2 parts J3005 with 1 part J3006 until one smooth, homogenous mixture is obtained. Then add 1/2 part A0031. Overall mix is 2:1:1/2 by volume. Example: 4 oz. J3005, 2 oz. J3006, 1 oz. A0031. Additional A0031 can be added if desired, but standard 2:1:1/2 ratio is required.

Mix and use small quantities of AWL-BRITEŽ PLUS at a time. Keep the original containers closed when not in use. Do not shake AWL-BRITEŽ PLUS.

Induction Time after Mixing: None

Anticipated Pot Life at 77°F, 50% R.H: 1 to 2 Hours

Application Instructions

General: The key to performance of any varnish system is applying enough material. This is especially true with AWL-BRITEŽ PLUS Clear Urethane.

These directions call for more coats than are needed to achieve basic cosmetic qualities. If you stop the system when it looks good, or sand excessively, you will not achieve the desired performance.

New/Bare Wood: Apply one light, smooth coat and allow to cure 8-12 hours. Lightly sand this coat with 320-400 grit paper to remove wicks and nubs before applying additional material.

General: Apply light, smooth coats. Apply two coats in an 8 hour period. Allow to cure 8-12 hours or overnight and repeat. Ten coats are recommended.

Sand as little as possible. Sanding is only required when:

If no leveling is required, but it has been more than 36 hours since the last application; dulling the surface with ScotchbriteŽ Pads is recommended, see pages 35 to 40 for systems.

If possible, avoid applying or curing the material in direct sunlight. Do not apply or attempt to cure AWL-BRITEŽ PLUS below 65°F.