Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

Auto history provides a ride down memory lane

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 15 May 2017 00:00

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It’s likely that you’ve never finished a car or truck and you might not have any desire to do so. But knowing the history of the development of automotive coatings is instructive for understanding how wood finishes have changed through the decades. Much more research goes into automotive coatings than into wood finishes. We piggyback on this research.

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EPA throws the baby out with the bathwater

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 13 March 2017 00:00

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The EPA issued a proposed rule on Jan. 12 that would ban or restrict the use of methylene chloride and n-methylpyrrolidone in paint and coating removers for most consumer and commercial applications. Interestingly, this rule doesn’t apply to professional refinishing shops, though the EPA said they would revisit this exemption as they gather more information.

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Adding age and allure through the finishing process

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 13 February 2017 00:00

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A professional associate of mine wants to make a copy of a classic sofa.  The original has endured normal wear and tear, leaving a patina the owner describes as “warm and golden brown, soft and smooth, light-reflecting, but not glossy, inviting a touch of the hand as much as the view of the eye.”

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With the finish in mind, starting is easier

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 16 January 2017 00:00

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Even before you begin a project or a production run, you should think about which finish you’re going to use. It could influence what you’re trying to achieve.

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Specialty finishes can add to your array of skills

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 12 December 2016 00:00

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I was introduced to glazes after having some experience with dye and pigment stains, sealer and topcoats, filler and shading lacquers. And I was flabbergasted. I asked, “Why didn’t you show me this sooner?” It was remarkably easy to understand and execute and did so many wonderful things to a finish, multiplying the looks I could achieve by hundreds of variations.

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