Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

Spot and fix the most vexing problems

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 13 September 2010 00:00

28_bob_fexnerHere are 15 of the most common application problems, gathered together in one list. I first describe each problem and then list methods to avoid and fix it - if it's possible to fix.



Don’t glaze over this coloring technique

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 16 August 2010 00:00

16_greg_williamsI've seen this happen a lot. A shopper buys a nice-looking antique at an auction, antique shop or flea market. It needs a little repair and the finish is a bit shabby, but the proportions are good and it is structurally sound. He envisions it cleaned up, maybe refinished, and restored to its former luster. He takes it to a refinishing shop with a good reputation and explains what he wants done.



Walking a fine line during application

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 19 July 2010 00:00

28_bob_fexnerYou may not have thought of it this way, but the opposite meanings of the words "thick" and "thin" explain a lot about wood finishing.



Prepare for defects and fix them quickly

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 14 June 2010 00:00

16_greg_williamsIf you produce a finished wood product with the intention of making a profit, you've had to deal with a defective or damaged product at the delivery site.



For resistance, varnishes are tough to beat

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 17 May 2010 00:00

28_bob_fexnerWhen you use the term "varnish," you're probably referring to conversion varnish if you spray finishes. If you brush or wipe, you're probably referring to one of the many varnishes sold at home centers and paint stores.



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