See below for a list of our most frequently asked questions (And answers):
How dO i PREPARE MY SURFACE FOR ORIGINALAST?
how do i test to see if my surface is ready for an application of originalast?
Before applying OriginaLast, always do a small test for adhesion:
- clean surface, rinse with water, and let dry
- roughen surface with 40-grit sandpaper
- wipe with Xylene, Aromatic 100 (ARO 100) or Oxsol 100 on a rag to remove any residue left from cleaning
- apply 1st coat of OriginaLast and let dry
- apply 2nd coat of OriginaLast and let dry for 2 days
- take a screwdriver and try to peel the OriginaLast off the surface
- if it comes up in small pieces, you have a good bond
- if it comes up in sheets, you need to re-prime according to manufacturer's instructions
How Do i apply originalast?
Please see our Application Instructions
what can i use to apply originalast?
OriginaLast can be applied with a spray gun, brush or roller. When rolling on the OriginaLast textured version use our special Stipple roller sleeve. For the smooth version, you can use any 3/16 Nap Mohair roller. When applying with a spray gun please see our "Spray Application" Instructions for more information.
how much coverage will i get with one gallon of originalast?
A gallon of textured OriginaLast will cover approximately 60 square feet with 2 coats. A gallon of smooth OriginaLast will cover approximately 65 square feet with 2 coats. The coverage is dependent upon the surface porosity.
how much coverage will i get with one quart of originalast?
A quart of textured OriginaLast will cover approximately 15 square feet with 2 coats. A quart of smooth OriginaLast will cover approximately 17 square feet with 2 coats. The coverage is dependent upon the surface porosity.
can i conserve and only use one coat of originalast?
No, you should always apply 2 thin coats of OriginaLast. It is always better to apply more thin coats rather than 1 thick coat. This will keep the integrity of the urethane and will avoid trapping CO2 bubbles. For special circumstances please Contact Us.
can i apply more than 2 coats of originalast?
Normally 2 thin coats will suffice. Additional thin coats can be added for more durability or extra water resistance.
can i mix 2 colors of originalast to achieve a custom color?
Like versions of OriginaLast (OriginaLast Marine with OriginaLast Marine or OriginaLast General with OriginaLast General) can be mixed together to achieve a desired color. (NOTE: OriginaLast General and OriginaLast Marine cannot be mixed together.) It is important to stir the contents of the can very well since shaking alone will not mix the contents thoroughly. Custom colors can be produced to any standard, given sufficient lead time and a minimum order of 75 gallons.
can i tint originalast to achieve a custom color?
OriginaLast can be tinted only with a non water-based paste pigment. (Adding a water-based pigment will cause a severe bubbling reaction with OriginaLast.) The OriginaLast would then have to be applied the same day since the OriginaLast would have been exposed to air and moisture causing the curing process to begin. It is important to stir the contents of the can very well since shaking alone will not mix the contents thoroughly. Custom colors can be produced to any standard, given sufficient lead time and a minimum order of 75 gallons.
how do i clean originalast coated surfaces?
OriginaLast can be cleaned with anything from a household detergent to a degreaser. Organic stains can be cleaned with a quatinary cleaner. Do not use chlorinated cleaners (Clorox) as they may affect the color of OriginaLast. For more information please see our Care and Maintenance Page
does originalast require a primer?
In most cases OriginaLast products do not require a primer. However, in a few cases, a primer may be necessary for some applications. An adhesion test is always recommended (see #2 above). Consult the Product Manual or an OriginaLast representative for more information.
what is used to clean up or thin out originalast during the application process?
Only use Xylene, Aromatic 100 (ARO100), Fluidar or Oxall which can be obtained at coating/paint stores or hardware stores. OriginaLast can be thinned with up to 15% of Xylene, Aromatic 100 (ARO100) or Oxsol. The consistency of OriginaLast should be "Drippy" but not "Runny". OriginaLast is self-levelling.
how comfortable is originalast on bare feet?
Most people say it is comfortable as there is some "give" with the rubber tire granules and there are no sharp edges. You can even customize OriginaLast by adding smooth OriginaLast to the textured OriginaLast. For instance, if you add 1 gallon of smooth OriginaLast to 1 gallon of textured OriginaLast you will essentially have 50% less texture on your application.
what is the shelf life of the originalast products?
We guarantee OriginaLast products for 1 year from the date of purchase if it is unopened. Please remember that OriginaLast is a moisture cured product that will start to cure when it's exposed to air.
what is originalazzo/originalflakes
A decorative application using different color paint flakes on OriginaLast. For more info, please consult with an OriginaLast representative.
Does originalast come in 5 gallon containers?
No, generally it does not. Five gallon containers can't be sealed properly for this moisture cured product. For special large orders with sufficient lead time, we can arrange for it.
what type of sandpaper should i use to roughen the surface?
40 grit sandpaper should be used for preparing the substrate. This will give it enough of a profile so that the OriginaLast will attain a mechanical bond as well as a chemical bond. Use 80 grit sandpaper for over-coating OriginaLast.
what are the temperature limits of originalast?
OriginaLast has been tested as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit and can withstand continuous temperatures of 240 degrees Farenheit with no adverse reactions. It is recommended to apply OriginaLast in temperatures between 32 and 95 degrees Farenheit with humidity above 40%.
what are the different versions of originalast?
OriginaLast comes in textured, smooth, indoor (General OriginaLast) and outdoor (OriginaLast Marine) versions. OriginaLast Mil is formulated for military use.
can batch colors vary from one to another? how about from sample swatch to batch?
Because OriginaLast is hand-made at our factory, there does exist the possibility of a 10% variance in color. There can indeed be a variance from one batch to the next as well as a variance from color swatch to the actual OriginaLast received. We do try to send the same batch for all cans in an order but that is not always possible.
can i return unwanted/unused originalast?
Yes, within 30 days only if the can is unopened and in re-saleable condition. Customer will be charged the shipping and 'Call Tag' fees associated with the return. As per FedEx and UPS only a HazMat authorized shipper can ship OriginaLast which is why we must arrange for the Call Tag and shipping. All returns must be pre-approved by your OriginaLast representative.
how does originalast ship?
We ship most orders within 1-2 business days via domestic ground carriers such as FedEx or UPS. For larger orders, usually 28 gallons or more, it may be feasible to use a truck line freight carrier. You can also request your own shipping method and we will try to oblige.
who may i speak with for more technical assistance?
Always e-mail any questions to our site, and an OriginaLast Representative will get back to you. If the question or answer needs more input, add your telephone number so we can call you.