Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

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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Blanket coverage is the spray-gun game plan

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 17 December 2012 00:00

gregwilliamsI’ve had several projects this year that required me to provide analysis of a spray finishing system and subsequent training of personnel involved in the process. And I’ve taught a number of classes on spray practice and operator technique. In each of these cases I’ve observed several or all of the situations I’ll talk about here that affect the quality, efficiency, comfort, safety and happiness of those involved.

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Seven ways to a richer and darker finish

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 19 November 2012 00:00

28_bob_fexnerMany shops use oil stains to get the color they want on projects. Oil stains are widely available at paint stores, home centers and distributors and they are very easy to use because they provide a long working time.

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Spray booths need to be used correctly

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 15 October 2012 00:00

gregwilliamsThe purpose of a spray booth, room or cabin is to provide a safe and efficient facility in which to spray apply coatings to a surface. It should be of sufficient size to readily accommodate the product to be finished, but not excessively large, as the cost of operation goes up with volume. For safety, a clear space of not less than 3’ around the booth should be kept free of storage or combustible construction. The booth should be of such construction as to discourage the spread of fire and contain minor explosions.

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Shellac as a sealer? It’s all just hype

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 17 September 2012 00:00

28_bob_fexnerYou’ll hear shellac tossed around a lot as the “best” sealer, mostly in woodworking magazines targeting amateurs. I’ve come across many professional finishers, however, who believe they should be using shellac rather than the finish itself, a sanding sealer, vinyl sealer or a catalyzed sealer for a first coat.

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