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Ruff-it Acrylic sculpture surfacing is not plaster or paint!  It's an entirely new acrylic formulation, which will add a deep permanent character to any wall in your home.  The acrylic and solids content of Ruff-it provide excellent crack filling and bridging capabilities not found in plaster or textured paint.  The formulation also ensures both crack and yellowing resistance.  Most importantly, Ruff-it allows a long working time (3-4 hours depending on humidity) so you can change your mind and make changes until it's just right.


Ruff-it can be applied to almost any clean, dry, non-oily, stable surface such as plasterboard, fibrolite, plywood, concrete block, cement or metal.  If the surface has been oil-stained or has residue from wallpaper glue or is raw wood, it should be primed first with a coat of OIL BASED PRIMER.  Priming will substantially reduce the chance of discolouration or stains 'bleeding' through and marring the finished job.  Concrete / Blockwork apply 1 coat of ACRYLIC PRIMER SEALER.

Some Cautions:

Only use EXTERIOR Ruff-it in bathrooms or other areas with extreme moisture or high humidity.  Protect Ruff-it from water while drying.  Avoid prolonged contact with bare skin.

Important Guides:

A 10 litre container will cover approximately 5 - 10 m² (53 - 107 sq. ft) depending on the thickness of application and the porosity of the application surface.  Ruff-it should not be applied over wall paper.  Gib Board should have a light undercoat applied before application.  Wide cracks and gaps should be taped or filled with a filler before application.  Apply Ruff-it at temeratures above room temperature (13°C or 55°F)

Cleaning and Clean Up:

After your new Ruff-it creation has dried completely (approximately 3 days) it should be sealed.  The sealer should be an acrylic paint of your colour choice or a coat of transparent C-SEALER.  This will substantially improve your ability to remove stains, finger prints and grease marks caused by spills or other normal household accidents.  During application Ruff-it will wash off with warm water whilst it is wet.  All tools and spills can also be washed clean in warm water.  Once Ruff-it has dried it is extremely difficult to remove from clothing.

Texturing Tips:

Because Ruff-it has such a long working time it really allows you to experiment with various texturing techniques until you can achieve the effect you've been striving for.  Most effects are best achieved by spreading the product to a uniform thickness first and then texturing, but you may want to simply smear it on the wall and leave it.

Warranty / Liability

Special Finishes (NZ) Ltd provides all the enclosed information in good faith but without warrantee and is to assist your application. However the use of this product being used is beyond their control. The manufacturers can accept no responsibility whatsoever for any damage or failure arising from its application or use. It is totally the responsibility of the user to insure that the product is suitable for its intended use.