Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

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.



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.



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.



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.



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