Why Finish Measuring Accuracy Matters – Part 3

Measuring accurately matters in woodworking and finishing. There are many things that need to be measured accurately for optimal finishing. Why Finish Measuring Accuracy Matters parts 1 & 2 covered measuring catalyst, temperature, and viscosity accurately. This month wet film thickness is covered. Wet film thickness is important to measure accurately. Measuring the wet film

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Why Finish Measuring Accuracy Matters – Part 2

Measuring accurately matters in woodworking and finishing. There are many things that need to be measured accurately for optimal finishing. Last month’s blog covered measuring catalyst and temperature accurately. This month viscosity is covered. Viscosity, according to merriam-webster (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/viscosity), is “the property of resistance to flow in any material with fluid properties”. The higher the

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Why Finish Measuring Accuracy Matters – Part 1

Woodworkers know how important accurate measurements are in building cabinets and furniture. A variance of just 1% in a 32” long board is 0.32”, more than a quarter of an inch, and will be readily visible to anyone if used. Some woodworkers set their saws up to be within 1/1000th of an inch. That might

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Finish Systems – Part 2

Coatings technology has advanced rapidly over the last couple of decades. Two big reasons for the advances in durability, more environmentally friendly, and applications are the chemistries of the coatings and the finish systems that the individual coatings are a part of. Finish systems are specific coatings used together in a specific process to produce

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Finish Systems

Why do some finishes work together and some don’t? How many times has a poor choice of using finishes together resulted in a poor finish? Using finishes that weren’t designed to be used together can cause a multitude of problems. The best way to avoid these problems is to use finish systems as they were

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Color “Bleed” with Wiping Stains

Wiping stains are used on a great variety of woodwork. They can provide excellent color and a variety of aesthetics. The looks wiping stains provide have made them very popular. There are some problems that can be encountered when using wiping stains. Color “bleed,” which is the color coming back out of the wood to

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Dead Flat Coatings

Flat sheen coatings have become very popular, especially the dead flat coatings. What does flat or dead flat mean? Aren’t all the low sheen coatings the same? Does it really matter which one is used? These are all questions that have important answers that will determine the success of your low sheen finishing. Low sheen

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Shelf-Life and Pot-Life

Working within the shelf-life and pot-life of the coatings you use is vital to the success of the finish. Shelf-life is the amount of time after manufacture of the coating that it will be able to be applied and perform as advertised. Pot-life is the amount of time, after catalyzing, a coating will be able

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It’s Cold Outside – Part 2

The coatings temperature can be affected by the outside temperature in a couple of ways. Colder temperatures outside can mean cooler temperatures inside which means the coatings stored in the finish room are not as warm as in the warmer months unless a heater is used to warm the coating in line or in container.

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It’s Cold Outside—Part 1

The cold temperatures have made it to most of North America. The outside temperature can affect coatings in obvious ways and some that are not so obvious. Knowing how that can affect coatings is important to achieve a consistent finished product. Many finish shops are not completely climate controlled to provide a consistent finishing environment.

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