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Finishing Articles
The Refinishing Commandments
Article by Mac Simmons - 8/1/2014 4:00:00 PM

I. Thou shall protect yourself at all times. "Safety First" should be a motto for every finisher, refinisher and restorer. NO exceptions! Always wear protective clothing when stripping, sanding... Read More..

Making Up Your Own Oil Colored Glazes
Article by Mac Simmons - 7/11/2014 4:00:00 PM

You can purchase "ready for use" glazes, or you can make up your own "oil colored glazes." Here, is a simple formula to make your own colored oil glazes. You will need these materials. Read More..

Rubbing Out & Polishing Up Your Coatings
Article by Mac Simmons - 2/24/2014 12:28:11 PM

Regardless of how you have applied your coatings, be it by a spray gun, an expensive brush, or by wiping it on with a cloth, you will never achieve a finer finish then the classic hand rubbed or high... Read More..

Coloring Woods with Dyes
Article by Mac Simmons - 2/17/2014 9:28:00 AM

In 1858, the German chemist Joann Peter Griess was experimenting with anilines. After many years of experimenting, he finally developed an azo dye. Eventually, other dye colors were developed and use... Read More..

Moisture in the Woods
Article by Mac Simmons - 1/20/2014 2:23:39 PM

Knowing the exact moisture content of your woods is a very important step in achieving a fine finish that will stay problem-free for many years to come.  Every woodworking and finishing workshop shoul... Read More..

Plasticizer Migration
Article by David Jackson - 10/28/2013 1:36:37 PM

What is plasticizer migration and how can it affect your finished product? Plasticizer migration has been mentioned in previous blogs, however a better understanding of what plasticizers are, why they... Read More..

The Summertime Blues- Part 2
Article by Ron Bryze - 8/30/2013 9:00:00 AM

Your compressed air system is often taken for granted even though it is the workhorse of your shop; providing power for nailers, sanders, sprayguns and other equipment. Most of the time you don’t gi... Read More..

Striping or Streaks … Murphy’s Law!
Article by Diane Shattuck - 8/23/2013 6:00:00 AM

We have all been there. It is “Murphy’s Law” when something goes wrong with our last coat of finish applied to the job just before we are scheduled to ship it out in the morning run. For whatever reas... Read More..

Problems We See When Finishing
Article by Diane Shattuck - 8/13/2013 9:02:00 AM

Finishing can be a very relaxing and gratifying part of any project when everything goes right. But when something goes wrong, even the smallest of troubles can turn into a catastrophe if we do not at... Read More..

The Summertime Blues
Article by Ron Bryze - 8/2/2013 9:00:00 AM

Hot humid weather can play havoc in your finishing room. High temperatures can lead to an increase in orange peel, pin holes, hazy finishes, dry spray (stripes) and poor leveling. Add in high humidity... Read More..

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