Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

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.



Cut through the myths involved in French polishing

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

28_bob_fexnerFrench polishing is a method of applying shellac to a surface to create an almost perfect high-gloss finish film that has great depth. Though it takes practice to master, the procedure is easy to describe.



All online (and offline) tips are not created equal

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.



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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