Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

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).



Lacquer costs now can mean profits later

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 16 December 2013 00:00

gregwilliamsIt’s too expensive.



The A-to-Z guide to finishing vocabulary

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 18 November 2013 00:00

28_bob_fexnerMost professions and trades have their own vocabulary. Here are some of the more obscure terms we use in wood finishing:



“Tootsie Roll” epoxy is good for damage repair

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 21 October 2013 00:00

gregwilliamsMost people who repair minor damage to finished wood are familiar with resin burn-in sticks, polyester fillers such as Bondo and epoxies of various sorts. Far and away the most versatile filler, almost a perfect replacement for wood, is the epoxy stick generically called “Tootsie Roll” epoxy.



What is your level of stick-to-itiveness?

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 16 September 2013 00:00

28_bob_fexnerTransfer efficiency is the percentage, by weight, of a finish or paint that sticks to the target surface compared to the amount, by weight, of finish or paint that is sprayed. The greater the percent sprayed that sticks, the higher the transfer efficiency.



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