Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice
Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 19 May 2014 00:00
Manufacturers 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.
Written by Greg Williams Monday, 14 April 2014 00:00
Wooden 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.
Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00
Woodworking 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.
Written by Greg Williams Monday, 17 February 2014 00:00
Sometimes it’s really the little things that make a difference.
Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 20 January 2014 00:00
For 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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