Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

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.



Tips and tricks can turn out a better finish

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 18 May 2015 00:00

28_bob_fexnerThe following are some random tips to speed and improve your finishing. They are arranged roughly in the order of the steps.



Use Finish-Up and clean up a new line of business

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 13 April 2015 00:00

gregwilliamsHow many times have you had to pass up a potentially lucrative on-site job because of problems associated with odor, fumes or overspray.



Airless sprayers have their own unique flair

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

Many finishers use airless pumps and spray guns even though they don’t produce the highest quality results. Conventional compressed air, HVLP turbine and compressed air, and air-assisted airless are all capable of producing noticeably less orange peel if adjusted properly.



Make your mark with the right stain

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

28_bob_fexnerA wood stain is a colorant (pigment or dye) and a binder (some sort of finish) with a lot of thinner added so the excess stain is easy to wipe off. This leaves some color in or on the wood.



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