Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

Confused about choosing an exterior coating?

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 19 May 2014 00:00

28_bob_fexnerManufacturers of exterior coatings — paints, stains and clear finishes — make all sorts of claims, usually centered around how long the coating can be expected to last. But there’s no way we can know if the claims are true.



Have a keen eye for pigments and dyes

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 14 April 2014 00:00

gregwilliamsWooden objects change color when they are cut, sanded or scraped because of chemical changes occurring when the surface is exposed to air, light, water, chemicals or minerals. One of the reasons for finishing wood is to protect it from undesirable changes in color.



Hands-on finishing that machines can’t touch

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

28_bob_fexnerWoodworking skills in furniture factories have been largely replaced by computerized equipment, but this hasn’t happened nearly as much with decorative finishing. While the simple spraying of clear coats is often done by robots or in flat-line assemblies, coloring steps are still done largely by hand. These steps can produce quite sophisticated results and you don’t have to be a factory to take advantage of them. They work just as well in smaller shops. Some of the steps are applied directly to the wood, while others are done within the finish.



Leaping over finishing hurdles, step by step

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 17 February 2014 00:00

gregwilliamsSometimes it’s really the little things that make a difference.



VOCs: Bumpy ride came before smoother finishes

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 20 January 2014 00:00

28_bob_fexnerFor the last half-century or so in the United States, we have devoted a lot of attention and resources to cleaning up the environment. As applied to coatings, the primary emphasis has been on reducing the amount of smog-causing solvents used in our paints and finishes. These solvents are called VOCs (volatile organic compounds).



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