The 411 on the 45 (TSF-45 that is..) – Finishing Part 2

A few weeks ago some of our skilled craftsmen at Coastal showed how to add remarkable texture and dimension to your Precision Board project using our TSF-45 Texture Surface Finish.  We were happy to hear from our loyal readers that the post got their creative wheels turning.

After experimenting with new textures and contemplating the possibilities, the questions are coming in!

What about painting and finishing TSF-45? …So without further ado, here are some tips for finishing your textured piece:

  1. Wood Stain can be used give your wood grain texture a realistic color.  We find that water based stains work the best with the TSF-45 because of its flexibility.
  2. Apply the stain in thick even coats using a chip or foam brush.
  3. Be liberal when applying the stain. Allow it to pool in the recesses of the grain. This will helps give your texture some great added dimension. Don’t worry, if you add to much you can wipe it away with a cotton rag.
  4. Let dry for at least 2 hours or until dry to the touch .
  5. If a darker hue is desired, a second coat can be applied.

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  1. Painting TSF-45 textured pieces is a snap. You can apply your favorite exterior paint directly to the textured surface. No need to sand or prime before or after application of TSF. (Don’t forget that Water based paints work best with TSF since it’s a flexible product)
  2. Brush on your paint following the orientation of your texture.
  3. Do not apply too thick of a first coat, or it could take too long to dry or could orange peel.  A second coat can be applied later if necessary.
  4. Allow your paint to dry over night, preferably under a shop fan.   Read drying and curing times for your specific paint, from the paint manufacturer.


IMG_5860Time and Cost Savings:

The great thing about TSF-45 is that it can be applied directly to Precision Board Plus.  No sanding or priming needed before applying TSF to Precision Board, or afterward when applying your top coat (paint or stain) to the TSF-45.

Use any type of tooling to achieve the desired texture.  TSF can be applied quickly, and for faster drying and minimum texture, use less amount of it.  A chip brush can give you a low profile texture for the edges or background.

For more information on how to create extraordinary pieces while saving time and money using TSF-45 or any of our other Companion Products, contact our technical sales department at (800) 845-0745 or check out our training videos.





Companion Products For HDU – Prime, Texture, Laminate & Bond!

Interested in trying out some of our Companion Products? Your local distributor doesn’t have them in stock?

No need to worry! We always have all of them in stock at Coastal Enterprises – TSF-45, PB Resin, PB Hardcoat, Adhesives, Primers and Fillers. As long as we receive an order from your distributor before 1:00PM PST, it will ship from our Orange, CA location the same day, right to your door if needed.

This means that you can put on that high-gloss PB Resin protective finish on your sign, or use the right adhesive to laminate those Precision Board Plus sheets because you will receive what you need promptly!

All of our Companion Products have been designed for use on Precision Board Plus HDU, and can also be used on many other materials. Trust what the experts use when crafting a professional sign. Want to try before you buy? Contact us for FREE samples!

Also be sure to check out our full gallery of step-by-step videos.

Also check out this Precision Board Plus sign made using PB Resin. Created by David Sherby at SherWood Sign & Graphic Design in Crystal Falls, MI.



PB Fast Set For a Strong, Fast Bond

As with all of our Companion Products, PB Fast Set has been specifically formulated to meet the needs of sign makers working with Precision Board Plus HDU. A versatile one-part, urethane adhesive that is ready to use right out of the container (no mixing), PB Fast Set will find many uses around your workshop.

Use it to laminate Precision Board Plus sheets to increase thickness or to edge bond them to increase length. PB Fast Set fully cures in 30 minutes, so it is ideal for quickly building three dimensional structures for subsequent routing, blasting or carving. Great for both interior and exterior applications, PB Fast Set also works well on wood, metal and most other materials. With plenty of PB Fast Set on hand, you’ll quickly see that pile of scrap HDU turn into “inventory”.

For detailed use and application instructions, refer to our PB Fast Set Adhesive Product Data Sheet