Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

Airless sprayers have their own unique flair

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 16 March 2015 00:00

Many finishers use airless pumps and spray guns even though they don’t produce the highest quality results. Conventional compressed air, HVLP turbine and compressed air, and air-assisted airless are all capable of producing noticeably less orange peel if adjusted properly.

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Make your mark with the right stain

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00

28_bob_fexnerA wood stain is a colorant (pigment or dye) and a binder (some sort of finish) with a lot of thinner added so the excess stain is easy to wipe off. This leaves some color in or on the wood.

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Lighten up, there are many ways to mask discoloration

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 19 January 2015 00:00

gregwilliamsIn the second of a two-part series, the author looks at ways to completely hide undesirable color variances

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Bleach can make your pieces brighter and lighter

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 15 December 2014 00:00

gregwilliamsWood furniture gets refinished for a variety of reasons. The finish might be worn or damaged or the appearance is simply no longer pleasing to the customer. If the piece needs more color, such as a darker color or a different sheen, that’s not much of a problem. But if the customer wants a lighter or brighter color that can’t be accomplished without removing, neutralizing or hiding the existing darker color, the job becomes a challenge.

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Done right, it’s truly a beautiful thing

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00

28_bob_fexnerA wood finish is a clear, transparent coating applied to wood to protect it from moisture and make it look richer and deeper. It differs from paint, which is a wood finish loaded with enough pigment to hide the wood. It also differs from stain, which is a wood finish and a colorant (pigment or dye) with a lot of thinner added so the excess stain is easy to wipe off. The remainder just colors the wood; it doesn’t hide the wood.

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