Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

Which fill-in methods make the most sense?

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 11 April 2016 00:00

gregwilliamsToday, most finishers use wax filler sticks that can be melted and dripped into a void. For small defects, such as open joints and scratches, the filler sticks can be rubbed vigorously into the void before leveling. While the wax formulations have the least durability of the fillers we’ll explore, some of the harder versions are solid enough to serve in relatively low-wear areas if they are coated with a durable topcoat.



It’s a struggle working with new compliant solvents

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 14 March 2016 00:00

28_bob_fexnerIn my last column, I wrote about green paint strippers based primarily on the solvent n-methyl pyrrolidone (NMP). The word “green” is used to indicate the solvent is less harmful to breathe and less harmful to the environment.



Swirling changes mean new tricks for thinners

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 15 February 2016 00:00

Recent changes in solvent regulations could affect how you use thinners, reducers, retarders and flow-enhancing additives.



Patience is key with green paint strippers

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 18 January 2016 00:00

28_bob_fexnerNot counting the use of heat or lye, which are both damaging to furniture because they can lift veneer and loosen joints, methods for removing old paint and finish from furniture have gone through at least four distinct periods.



New regulations can open new doors for finishers

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 14 December 2015 00:00

gregwilliamsRegulatory bodies, like most government agencies — even the most benign — have a tendency to grow in influence, power, complexity and size. As a natural result, they participate in a dynamic tension where they depend on the regulated for their own existence, but in the exercise of their restrictive powers tend to depress the industries they regulate.



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