Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

Flexner’s ironclad Rules for Finishing

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 15 July 2013 00:00

28_bob_fexnerThrough many years of teaching and writing about finishing, I’ve found myself repeating certain phrases — or what I call rules — over and over. They are rules because they are almost always true. Here are nine of my favorites.



Color clash can cause a deal to collapse

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 17 June 2013 00:00

gregwilliamsDuring the last three months, I’ve been exposed to a number of finishing scenarios that dealt with matching a color or, more broadly, matching a look.



Orange peel can leave you feeling bitter

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 20 May 2013 00:00

28_bob_fexnerOrange peel is the most universal defect in a sprayed finish. It is a bumpiness on the surface that resembles the skin of an orange, so hence the name.



Pre-cat lacquers become the new standard

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 15 April 2013 00:00

gregwilliamsWhen I was first introduced to nitrocellulose lacquer and spray finishing, lacquer was commonly defined as an evaporative coating that did not significantly change over an extended period of time. It did not go through a chemical process giving it properties significantly better than existed when most or all of the solvents had left the film. Therefore, it could be dissolved in the same or similar solvents.



Like watching paint dry — only worse

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

28_bob_fexnerYears ago, I was teaching a class in someone else’s shop. We were spraying a table with lacquer on a humid day and the lacquer was blushing. So I reached for a can of lacquer retarder and added about the same amount I typically did in my shop.



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