A Guide to Perfect Prepping for Retique It® Applications for a Spectacular Transformation

A Guide to Perfect Prepping for Retique It® Applications for a Spectacular Transformation

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Have you ever wanted to give a non-wood surface the rich and authentic look of real wood? With Retique It®, your creative aspirations can become a reality. Whether it's glass, tile, cement, vinyl, or Formica, Retique It® products, containing 60% real wood fibers, allow you to achieve that remarkable wood finish. However, the key to a successful Retique It® application lies in the preparation process. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to properly prep your surface for an impeccable transformation.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

 

Before you dive into the prep process, ensure you have the following supplies on hand:

- Dawn Dish Soap
- Denatured Alcohol
- Water
- Sandpaper (if the surface has a high gloss finish)
- White Rags
- Dust Cloth

 

 

Step 2: De-grease with Dawn Dish Soap

 

Start by de-greasing the surface thoroughly using Dawn Dish Soap. This step is crucial to ensure there's no residue or grime that could interfere with the adhesion of the Retique It® products. Use a clean white rag and apply the dish soap, gently scrubbing the surface until the rag comes back clean.



Step 3: Clean with Denatured Alcohol and Water


For the next cleaning phase, create a mixture of equal parts denatured alcohol and water. Dampen another white rag with this solution and wipe down the surface. This will help remove any remaining traces of grease, as well as any other contaminants that might have been missed during the initial cleaning. Continue wiping until the white rag returns clean.

**Alternative Cleaners for Prep: Adapting to Your Needs**

We understand that sometimes certain cleaning agents might not be readily available or suitable for your project. If you're unable to use denatured alcohol, there are alternative options that can still ensure a clean and ideal surface for your Retique It® application. Rubbing alcohol can be substituted for denatured alcohol, mixed in equal parts with water. This combination effectively removes residues and prepares your surface for transformation. Additionally, Krud Kutter (the original formula) is another viable alternative. However, it's important to note that products containing TSP (Trisodium Phosphate) should be avoided at all costs, as using them can lead to adhesion issues when applying Retique It® products. Your success with Retique It® depends on proper preparation, and these alternative options can help you adapt and achieve outstanding results.

 


Step 4: Rinse and Dry Thoroughly


After the denatured alcohol and water cleaning, rinse the surface several times with clean water. This step is vital to ensure there are no lingering residues from the cleaning agents. Once rinsed, allow the surface to air dry completely. Proper drying prevents any moisture from affecting the adhesion of the Retique It® products.


Step 5: Lightly Sand (If Needed)

 

If your surface has a high gloss finish, it's recommended to lightly sand it. Sanding creates a slightly roughened texture that provides a better grip for the primer and Retique It® products. Use a fine-grit sandpaper and work gently, ensuring not to damage the surface. Once you're done sanding, wipe away any dust using a clean dust cloth.



Step 6: Apply Retique It®


With your perfectly prepped surface, you're ready to apply Retique It® and unveil the magic of transforming non-wood materials into stunning wood-like masterpieces. Available in various colors and finishes, Retique It® allows you to choose the style that best suits your project.

Remember, the success of your Retique It® application relies on the quality of your prep work. By de-greasing, cleaning, and potentially sanding the surface, you create an ideal canvas for the Retique It® products to adhere flawlessly.

In conclusion, your creative journey with Retique It® begins with meticulous preparation. Following these steps ensures that your non-wood surface is impeccably clean, allowing the Retique It® products to shine. With 60% real wood fibers and a range of colors and finishes, you're bound to achieve an astonishing wood-like transformation that will leave everyone in awe of your handiwork. Get ready to witness the magic of Retique It® as you turn ordinary surfaces into extraordinary works of art!