Michael Dresdner

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Archive for August, 2009

Blushing in waterbased finish

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Q: I finished four restaurant interior oak doors with an oil stain and then a coat of Absolute Coatings’ Last ‘n Last Acrylic Urethane. It is very humid and the first coat blushed slightly, exhibiting a whitish haze which got slightly better as it dried, but was still noticeable. I rubbed down the doors with [...]

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Cam-WOW Clamp!

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Q: I recently purchased the Wood Finishing Basics DVD and I love it. In it, you use a wooden clamp I have not seen before to hold the occasional table slats together. Can you tell me what type of clamp this is? A: It sounds like you mean the cam clamps. They are a staple [...]

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Federal Finishing Administration?

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Q: I am trying to find out if an independent inspector for failed wood finishes exists. I have someone with a lot of new prefinished double hung windows that are getting stuck shut. The sash is sticking to the jamb liner. A: There are no laws regarding what quality of finishing work you may and [...]

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Guitar Options

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Q: I have an old guitar that I am partially re-finishing. The peg head has what appears to be a very dark rosewood veneer. It was originally stained with some form of opaque stain that lightened the color substantially to a very warm brown color, yet emphasized the wood grain very nicely. The stain was [...]

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Q: We would like to match the look of our twenty year old pre-finished oak flooring to a new unfinished oak staircase. We tried refinishing a small separate area of the original flooring and the grain looked very pronounced, unlike the original flooring. The original stain doesn’t make the grain as pronounced. The wood is [...]

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The Marriage Message Stick

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Q: After getting married, I picked up a piece of wood up here in Alaska and had all his family write a message on it. I am planning on adding a photograph with spray adhesive, then clear over it. Will the clear hurt the photograph, what should I use, and how should I apply it? [...]

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Q: If I wipe on too much Rockler gel polyurethane, I get streaks, and if I wipe on too little, I get ridges. How do I proceed? A: I think the term wipe on is what is throwing you. The best way to work with it is to scrub it on liberally with nylon abrasive [...]

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Not always the answer you want to hear…

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Q: My floor is half sanded with some shiny areas and some bare wood. Do I have to remove all of the old finish before refinishing? A: Yep Q: I recently made an octagonal table top out of leftover red oak flooring. I wiped an oil based red mahogany penetrating stain on the sanded, raw [...]

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Q: Can I use Varathane conditioner with ash before staining to smooth out the stain? A: You can, but to tell you the truth, ash is not known for being a particularly blotchy wood, so I doubt conditioner would do much. Frankly, ash is one of the easiest woods to stain evenly, so I am [...]

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Q: I sanded my wood floors for new finish but did not take off all of the old finish. I applied a coat, let it cure overnight, sanded, and when I started to wipe down with a rag damp with paint thinner, the finish started to pull and wrinkle. What do I do now? A: [...]

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