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Seven Types of Stain

Seven Types of Stain

We use the term “stain” to identify a colorant we apply to wood to change its color. But stains are not equal. Besides the obvious differences in color, there are at least seven categories of commercial stains that each apply and color differently. If you really want...

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Are Your Spray Guns Ready to Go?

Are Your Spray Guns Ready to Go?

Do you really need to clean your spray gun every time you use it? Do you need to clean it when you go to lunch? What if you are putting it away for a week? Which coatings mean clean “right away”? Here are your answers: Always clean your spray gun! If you are spraying...

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Apollo Sprayers HVLP Spray Systems

Apollo Sprayers HVLP Spray Systems

Have you ever used a HVLP turbo paint spray system? Maybe you have been a little apprehensive about it? Take a minute and open your mind to the idea.  You can get professional results with little to no mess. Is space at a premium for you? You can spray in more places...

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Testing Your Finish for Hardness

You can use architect’s pencils to test for finish hardness (scratch resistance). The lead in these pencils is rated from about 6 or 7B, the softest, to 6 or 7H, the hardest. HB is in the middle. You don’t need to buy all these pencils, just the middle five or six,...

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What Is An “Off the Gun” Finish?

“Off-the-gun” finish is a widely used phrase among finishers. It means the finish hasn’t been rubbed out. It’s the simplest kind of sprayed finish—spray it on and leave it as is. We have seen the phrase used to mean a poor finish, but this is not a correct usage. An...

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How To Color Your Wood

How To Color Your Wood

While just about all wood is beautiful, not all the pieces of wood we work with are perfect.  Sometimes they need a bit of color. Normally we pick and choose through various stacks of lumber looking to acquire boards that match reasonably well in grain and color....

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How To Spray Oil Finishes

How To Spray Oil Finishes

One of the questions/concerns we get a lot is how to get the sheen of the finish even, especially satin sheens. The biggest issue seems to be that the sheen is streaked. The issue seems to be getting the flattening agents to lay down evenly. Oil finishes normally go...

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Making the Move to Water Base

Making the Move to Water Base

Good water base coatings have become the norm for many finishers. In the old days it was easy to get a beautiful finish with nitrocellulose lacquer. The coating was very forgiving and offered a wide latitude regarding viscosity – even thinned to 50% or more you still got a terrific finish.

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