Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

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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Pre-cat lacquers become the new standard

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 15 April 2013 00:00

gregwilliamsWhen I was first introduced to nitrocellulose lacquer and spray finishing, lacquer was commonly defined as an evaporative coating that did not significantly change over an extended period of time. It did not go through a chemical process giving it properties significantly better than existed when most or all of the solvents had left the film. Therefore, it could be dissolved in the same or similar solvents.

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Like watching paint dry — only worse

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 18 March 2013 00:00

28_bob_fexnerYears ago, I was teaching a class in someone else’s shop. We were spraying a table with lacquer on a humid day and the lacquer was blushing. So I reached for a can of lacquer retarder and added about the same amount I typically did in my shop.

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Don’t be gun-shy about learning to spray coatings

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 18 February 2013 00:00

gregwilliamsThere’s a certain amount of resistance among amateur finishers — or woodworkers who don’t do large volumes of finished work — to use spray application equipment. As an outside salesman who traveled large parts of the country selling to both large factories and one-man shops, it was to my customer’s advantage and to my own to be able to help them become more efficient and produce higher quality goods.

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Myths, folklore, tall tales and finishing

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 21 January 2013 00:00

28_bob_fexnerMany years ago I coined what I call my half-right rule: Half of what you read or hear about finishing is right, but you just don’t know which half.

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