Pro Image Flooring Water-Based Top Coat

General Finishes Pro Image Flooring Topcoat is a single-component urethane for interior hardwood floors. It is a VOC compliant, water clean-up, clear drying, durable, self-cross-linking urethane/acrylic, making it a leader among single-component technologies.

General Finishes Satin Pro Image Floor Water Based Topcoat, Gallon


Step 1: Preparation


Surface Preparation

RAW WOOD: 1. Sand with 150-180-grit sandpaper. 2. Vacuum dust.

NEW STAINED SURFACE: Allow stain to dry according to manufacturer directions & until the moisture meter readings return to their original numbers.

SEALED SURFACE: 1. Clean all wax, grease & oils. 2. Buff with maroon pad & 240-grit sandpaper strips. 3. Vacuum dust.


Step 2: How To Apply General Finishes Pro Image Topcoat

General Finishes Pro Image Flooring Topcoat Application Steps
IMPORTANT: Record moisture meter readings in several places before applying Pro Image. These readings will provide a benchmark at later stages to determine when the floor is dry enough to apply another coat of finish. CAUTION: Do NOT use any clear topcoat over bright whites as it may cause yellowing.


  1. Work in a well-ventilated area. 
  2. Stir to reincorporate solids that have settled to the bottom of the can before and throughout the application process. Do not shake topcoat.
  3. Test for adhesion. 
  4. Thin as desired with distilled water; start with 5%, adding up to 10% by volume.
  5. Increase open time, if needed, with 5-10% GF Extender if allowed by local regulation. Extender improves flow and leveling and increases open time, which is helpful in hot, dry climates. 
  6. 2 coats are recommended. Apply at a rate of 500-600 Sq. Ft per gallon using a t-bar, pad applicator or microfiber roller with smooth, even strokes & light lap lines. Avoid heavy pressure & back-brushing. Lap lines will tighten down as they dry. If applying a second coat within 24 hours, buffing is not required. If applying after 24 hours, buff with maroon pad & 240-grit sandpaper strips & vacuum off dust & tack rag with water-dampened towels. Then apply second coat.

    TIPS: If conditions are dry & warm, restrict the amount of air flow. Increase the application rate & block direct sunlight by closing shades or blinds.

  7. Dry 3-4 hours in ideal conditions, 70°F/21°C; 50% humidity. Inadequate dry time can trap moisture & cause clouding. Cooler temperatures, higher humidity & sealed substrates may prolong dry time. GF oil-based products must dry 72+ hours before applying GF water-based topcoat. Dry 24+ hours before applying GF oil-based products. Use moisture meter readings to verify dryness.

CURE TIME: Floor may be used (socks only) in 6 hours, furniture can be replaced in 3 days & rugs in 10 days. Be careful during the first 10 days, as the finish is more susceptible to scratching and scuff marks.  Place heavy furniture on carpet pads.




Cleanup of Water Based Products

Application tools and materials containing water-based products can be cleaned with soap and water or General Finishes Brush & Gun Cleaner immediately after use.

Product Spills

Spills may be able to be removed from fabric and carpet if cleaned immediately with soap and water.


Discard unused product and waste in an environmentally safe manner; check with local fire and health regulation. 

Storage of Pro Flooring Products

Life of Product
Water-based products do not last forever, even when unopened. General Finishes products are best used within 1 year of the manufacture date listed on the container. The life of the product may be extended with proper care and storage.

Storage Tips
The following best practices will increase the life of your product:

  1. Keep the containers closed after decanting what you need.
  2. Store in moderate temperatures. Avoid temperatures below 50*F/10*C or above 100*F/26*C. Frozen and heat-damaged product cannot be revitalized. Temperature-controlled spaces, such as a basement, are ideal for storage. Do not store product in an attic, garage, in direct sunlight, or next to something warm like a water heater or furnace.
  3. Decant leftovers to a smaller container when the finish is almost used up. Alternative storage containers for water-based products are plastic FIFO bottles or glass bottles. Do not fill metal-lidded containers completely to prevent them from rusting.

The following water-based product mixtures can be stored:

The following product mixtures should NOT be stored:

  • Any water-based product thinned with tap water. Water often contains bacteria that will adversely affect stored paint.

Floor Care and Maintenance

Usage Restrictions after Final Coat of Topcoat is Applied

Immediate Use of Floors Finished With Sealer:
Floors may be carefully walked on, in socks only, after six hours.

Intermediate Use:
You can replace furniture in 3 days, and rugs in 10 days. Be cautious during the first 10 days, when the finish is more susceptible to scratching and scuff marks. Place heavy furniture on carpet pads.

Cure Time: 
Water-based finishes cure for full use in 21 days.

Warnings, Personal Protection & Warranties

Do not use water-based products with Linseed Oils or Danish Oils.

Limited Warranty
General Finishes products must be tested to your complete satisfaction before using. General Finishes will not be responsible for color satisfaction, misapplication, nor compatibility with other manufacturers' products. General Finishes will be responsible only for the cost of our products, and not for costs such as labor, damage or project replacement. 

Contamination and Compatibility
Our finishes are engineered as a system and are compatible with each other. General Finishes cannot guarantee an ideal refinish when applying our products on top of or combined with another company's products or over surfaces that have been in contact with waxes, polishes or sprays containing contaminants such as silicone. Test for adherence and aesthetics before beginning. 

If you scrape, sand, or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS, SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE. Wear a NIOSH-approved respirator to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by contacting the National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log onto

Seek immediate medical attention if symptoms occur due to the following. EYE CONTACT: Remove any contact lenses. Flush eyes with water for 20+ minutes while lifting upper and lower eyelids. SKIN CONTACT: Wash thoroughly after handling. INHALATION: Move to fresh air and loosen clothing. If not breathing, if breathing is irregular or if respiratory arrest occurs, provide artificial respiration or oxygen by trained personnel. INGESTION: Call physician immediately. Wash out mouth with water. Do not induce vomiting unless directed to do so by medical personnel. Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. 

This product contains a chemical known to the State Of California to cause cancer and birth defects. Do not swallow; first aid: drink water to dilute product. May cause eye or skin irritation; first aid: flush eyes thoroughly with water.

Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. Keep container tightly closed when not in use. Wash thoroughly after handling.


Hand protection
Chemical-resistant, impervious gloves complying with an approved standard should be worn when handling chemical products if a risk assessment indicates this is necessary. Considering the parameters specified by the glove manufacturer, check during use that the gloves still retain their protective properties. It should be noted that the time to breakthrough for any glove material may differ for different manufacturers. In the case of mixtures, consisting of several substances, the protection time of the gloves cannot be accurately estimated.

Eye protection: Safety eyewear complying with an approved standard should be used when a risk assessment indicates this is necessary to avoid exposure to liquid splashes, mists, gases, or dust. If contact is possible, the following protection should be worn unless the assessment indicates a higher degree of protection: safety glasses with side shields.

Respiratory protection:
Based on the hazard and potential for exposure, select a respirator that meets the appropriate standard or certification. Respirators must be used according to a respiratory protection program to ensure proper fitting, training, and other important use aspects.

Body protection Personal protective equipment for the body should be selected based on the amount and repetition of exposure. It should be approved by a specialist before handling this product.

Environmental exposure controls:
Emissions from ventilation or work process equipment should be checked to ensure they comply with the requirements of environmental protection legislation.

Appropriate engineering controls:
Good general ventilation should be sufficient to control worker exposure to airborne contaminants.

Hygiene measures: 
Wash hands, forearms, and face thoroughly after handling chemical products, before eating, smoking, and using the lavatory, and at the end of the working period. Appropriate techniques should be used to remove potentially contaminated clothing. Wash contaminated clothing before reusing. Ensure that eyewash stations and safety showers are close to the workstation location.

Other skin protection: Appropriate footwear and any additional skin protection measures should be selected based on the task being performed.


Basic Features
Product Colors Water White in can (dries clear)
Base Type Water
Ambering No
Sheen Satin (25-35), Semi-Gloss (50-60)
Interior or Exterior Interior only
Type Urethane
Coats 2 coats
Application Method Roll, T-Bar, Pad
Brushable Yes
Usable over existing finishes Yes
Sprayable No
Topcoat Required Self-Sealing
Dry Time
Dry Time - Touch 45+ min.
Dry Time - Recoat 2-4+ hr
Dry Time - Light Use Walk in socks after 6 hr, furniture with pads after 3 days, rugs after 10 days
Dry Time - Cure 10 days
Can Sizes Gallons
Coverage 500-600 sq.ft/gal (46-56 sq meters)
Technical Data
Viscosity Thin
Viscosity (cPs) 150-300
Solids by Weight and Volume Solids by Weight
Satin: 34%
Semi-Gloss: 33%

Solids by Volume
Satin: 30%
Semi-Gloss: 30%
Satin < 223.720 g/L
Semi-Gloss < 231.633 g/L
Durability (Highest, High, Medium, Low) Highest
Hardness (Koenig #) 86
Wear (Taber #) 29.90 mg loss
Water (5 max) 5
Chemical (105 max) 85

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