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Unit: Timber floor coatings

LMFFL3402A: Apply solvent based coatings to timber flooring
LMFFL3403A: Apply water based coatings to timber flooring
LMFFL3404A: Apply oil based coatings to timber flooring
LMFFL3605A: Apply finishes to cork flooring


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Over the last couple of decades, there has been a great deal of research into the coating products used as surface finishes on timber and cork floors.

Manufacturers have developed a wide range of products to cater for different types of floors and different performance requirements.

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Each product has its own chemical composition and its own set of advantages and disadvantages.

In this unit, we'll look at the main finishes used to coat timber and cork floors.

We'll also discuss methods of applying these finishes and problems that can occur under particular circumstances.

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Reference sources

Much of the information presented in this unit is based on material prepared by David Hayward, Technical Manager of the Australian Timber Flooring Association (ATFA), and published in the booklets listed below.

  • Timber Flooring (Version 2, 2009)

  • Timber Flooring Problems - Causes and Remedial Measures (Version 2, 2010).

Most of the photos were also taken from these booklets, as well as from the DVD:

  • Timber Flooring (Version 1 2005).
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These resources can be purchased direct from ATFA. If you are involved in timber flooring installation or finishing, you may also wish to join ATFA as a member.

Membership is free for apprentices while they are still undertaking their apprenticeship.

For more information, go to the ATFA website.

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There are two sections in this unit:

  • Products and processes

  • Problems and causes.

Each section contains an overview, an assignment, and several lessons. The links to these pages will appear in the side menu bar when you select the main link for that section.

Practical demonstrations

Your final assessment of competency in this unit will include demonstrations of your ability to apply a range of coating products to various timber or cork floors. To help you get ready for these practical assessment activities, have a look at the 'Practical demonstration checklist' by clicking on the link below:

Practical demonstration checklist

Your trainer may ask you to keep a log book of the work you do on-the-job that relates to these tasks. This will help them to see whether you have had sufficient practice in the full range of activities needed to satisfy the competency requirements, and to determine when you'll be ready to undertake the assessment events.

Select the link below to go to the first section of this unit.

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