Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

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.



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.



Page 5 of 22