Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

Test to see if your bond is inseparable

Tuesday, 30 December 2008 21:05

No occurrence in finishing is worse than having layers of finish peel or chip from each other or from the wood, especially after a job has been delivered and installed.

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Spot finishing can be win-win situation

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 17:23

Finishers are generally familiar with blushing in lacquer, a cloudy white appearance in a lacquer coating caused by a reaction with moisture. What many don’t know, however, is that water and alcohol spots or rings are chemically identical to blushing, and can be removed the same way. Even the marks left by a hot pizza box placed on the conference table can be treated similarly.

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Proper spray gun pressure is quick, easy

Tuesday, 04 November 2008 17:10

If you run your spray gun off a compressor, you know you have an infinite range of pressure you can use. Too little pressure, however, and you don’t get the best atomization — you get orange peel. Too much pressure, and you waste material because of excessive bounce-back.

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Toss it out if you’re feeling any doubt

Friday, 03 October 2008 20:16

When you go into a supermarket, you can look at the food containers and find a sell-by date. But when finishers shop for finishing materials, we can only find the date the materials were manufactured, and we never see a shelf life or an expiration date marked on the labels.

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Understanding solvents is family affair

Tuesday, 30 September 2008 00:00

Solvents are difficult to understand because they all look alike in the can. To make sense of them, and especially to understand lacquer thinner, which is the most important solvent for fast-drying finishes, it helps to organize the solvents into families.

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