Michael Dresdner

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Archive for July, 2009

Brush(marks)-Be-Gone

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

the two most common problems with waterbased application are applying too much and using the wrong applicator

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water seal is mean for outdoor use, not indoor, and because it contains wax and non-drying oil, is not appropriate under any interior finish.

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No Cure for an Oak Door

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Q: I applied Varathane oil based stain after sanding to my oak front door. I let it dry thoroughly, overnight, then applied Varathane Spar Urethane with a brush. It’s been on 24 hours and it’s still tacky. I’m wondering if it will ever dry.The daytime temperature is 80. I would say the weather conditions are [...]

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Waterbased polyurethane would be a very poor base for a glaze, but it would make good toner.

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Stain, by definition, is color applied to raw wood.

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Q: I have a 2 hp 6 gallon air compressor with a maximum of 135 psi that produces 2.6 SCFM @ 90 psi. Would this be sufficient with a small touch up air spray gun with an average air consumption of 2.8 CFM @ 30 PSI; 4.0 CFM @ 50 PSI? A: Going strictly by [...]

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Pigment or Dye Waterbased Stain Question

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

If you are talking about commercially prepared waterbased stains, the vast majority of them are pigment based. I only know of one company offhand that is offering premixed water soluble dyes, though there are many that offer the dyes in either powder or liquid concentrate form that are ready to mix with water.

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Q: I sanded my floors with an orbital sander and completed four rooms with no problems. There were some dark water spots on the floor. I used Clorox bleach to lighten the water spots and washed the chlorine as directed. I allowed the floor to dry for two days and removed any dust that might [...]

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Q: I refinished an oak floor using the Varathane eZV sander. I could not get close to the edges so I used stripper and a scraper, then sander. I thought it was clean enough, but after 4 coats of waterbased Varathane, I am unhappy with the amber showing through. I am tempted to put a [...]

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