What’s Your Time Worth?

If you are fairly sure that your finish room is operating at a reasonable level, and you still say that your finish department always loses money, then you need to ask yourself a question: are you charging enough for your product? The answer to this question can only come through a fundamental understanding of your

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Are Waterborne Finishes For You?

It seems like only yesterday that all of the major coating manufacturers were stepping over each other to introduce the latest in waterborne technology. Green was in. People were scrambling to adopt these new finishes to qualify for LEED points and promote our environmental consciousness. We were certain that the planet was saved. That wasn’t

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Working with Polyester Coatings

Polyester is used to obtain a deep wet look that you simply cannot duplicate with any other finish except epoxy. It is also used to fill the pore on open grained woods. Polyester has a higher percentage of solids by volume than 2K Polyurethanes, and is rather slow to dry. It provides excellent wear, water,

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Full Fill Finishes

Full fill finishes have always been one of the most labor intensive finishes to produce. It is hard to imagine that those little wood pores take so much work to fill, until you look at the physics of what is involved. All liquids have a physical property known as surface tension; this is the force

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European Wood Finishing

When last we left off, we were exploring a bit of the history of the American wood finishing industry. Now we are going to look at the European side. In the US, the evolution of production finishing progressed from nitro lacquer to acid catalyzed finishes and the Europeans dabbled in this technology for a while.

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The Finishing Revolution

Last time we looked at the beginning of the evolution of wood finishing in the US, ending with the chapter on catalyzed coatings. In the 70s, 80s, 90s and up until around the year 2000 there was little in the way of education and training for those in the wood finishing business, mainly because there

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Tinting Toner Stains

Tinting toners and tinting toner stains are important elements in making the woods color look uniform for a variety of specialty finishes. One definition of “tone,” used as a verb, is “to bring something up to a required shade of color.” In finishing, if we are attempting to “tone in the woods,” we are trying

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It’s About More Than Cabinet Making

It used to be that cabinet makers made cabinets. That’s all they needed to do. The finishing and countertops were somebody else’s problem. Today that’s not the case. In order to survive in today’s economy and marketplace, Cabinetmakers now have to don more hats. How much the industry changed? A study commissioned by NueMedia provides

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Striping or Streaks … Murphy’s Law!

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 reason, things are rolling along just fine until we get to the last step, and then inevitably

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