Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

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:

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“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.

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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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Whole new world for waterborne finishing

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 19 August 2013 00:00

gregwilliamsWhen I was first introduced to waterborne wood finishing products, other than latex paint, in the late 1970s, there were only a handful of companies that had any clear coats available to the small finisher. The complex regulations associated with the acronyms OSHA, EPA, SCAMD, VOC, HAPS, NESHAP were not a factor.

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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.

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