Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

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

Back in the last century, I was on a team developing a wood-finishing short course. A major manufacturer had given us two spray guns to use in our classes and we were testing out some of our procedures with a select group of students who would help us fine-tune the presentations and exercises.

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Spraying no-wipe stains can provide richer results

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 14 September 2015 00:00

28_bob_fexnerThe most common method of staining is to apply a wet coat and wipe off all or most of the excess before the stain dries. Any application tool can be used to apply the stain – rag, brush or spray gun, or you can dip, then wipe.

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Like nothing ever happened

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 17 August 2015 00:00

gregwilliamsOnce you’ve done the fill — whether it is an epoxy fill, burn in, polyester fill or cellulose fiber putty-type fill — the challenge is to produce an unnoticeable repair.

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2K polyurethane could catch on soon in the U.S.

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 20 July 2015 00:00

28_bob_fexnerPolyurethane might be best known as a varnish-type finish available at paint stores and home centers. But polyurethane is a versatile resin with other common uses as well. For example, moisture-cured polyurethane is used in polyurethane adhesives and heat-cured polyurethane forms the basis for many plastics and foams.

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Burnish your reputation with these burn-in skills

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 15 June 2015 00:00

gregwilliamsBurn-in is a process used to fill minor (and some major) voids in decorative surfaces. It is a development of an old process called shellac stick patching, wherein a tool such as a palette knife was heated over an alcohol torch and used to melt a stick of solid-colored shellac. The stick was allowed to flow into the void and was then sanded or scraped smooth, possibly after having been somewhat leveled with the hot knife.

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