Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

What is your level of stick-to-itiveness?

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 16 September 2013 00:00

28_bob_fexnerTransfer efficiency is the percentage, by weight, of a finish or paint that sticks to the target surface compared to the amount, by weight, of finish or paint that is sprayed. The greater the percent sprayed that sticks, the higher the transfer efficiency.

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Whole new world for waterborne finishing

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 19 August 2013 00:00

gregwilliamsWhen I was first introduced to waterborne wood finishing products, other than latex paint, in the late 1970s, there were only a handful of companies that had any clear coats available to the small finisher. The complex regulations associated with the acronyms OSHA, EPA, SCAMD, VOC, HAPS, NESHAP were not a factor.

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Flexner’s ironclad Rules for Finishing

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 15 July 2013 00:00

28_bob_fexnerThrough many years of teaching and writing about finishing, I’ve found myself repeating certain phrases — or what I call rules — over and over. They are rules because they are almost always true. Here are nine of my favorites.

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Color clash can cause a deal to collapse

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 17 June 2013 00:00

gregwilliamsDuring the last three months, I’ve been exposed to a number of finishing scenarios that dealt with matching a color or, more broadly, matching a look.

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Orange peel can leave you feeling bitter

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 20 May 2013 00:00

28_bob_fexnerOrange peel is the most universal defect in a sprayed finish. It is a bumpiness on the surface that resembles the skin of an orange, so hence the name.

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