Michael Dresdner

straight talk about wood finishing

Archive for the 'exterior finish' Category

In and out

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Q: What makes an alkyd oil based enamel usable for interior use but not for exterior use? Can I tell from looking at the MSDS? A: There are three basic elements that make that difference, and unfortunately, that is not clear from reading an MSDS. They are the resin, the colorant, and the pigment loading. [...]

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The paint stands alone

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Q: What’s the best low maintenance outdoor finish for some acrylic art painted on a stone? A: This is clearly a case of less is more in that the best finish is to simply use an appropriate exterior paint for the art itself. Exterior 100% acrylic trim paint will work well, and there’s no need [...]

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Rattle cans are cheaper

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Q: We’d like to spray Rustoleum hammer finish but do not have any equipment. Can you recommend an inexpensive HVLP system for home/light use? A: Yes, but I’d advise against buying a spray system just for this one job. You can buy Rustoleum hammer finish in aerosol cans under the Universal label. http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=180 Those Universal [...]

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For once, no primer

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Q: We’d like to coat our stripped metal furniture with hammer finish from Rust-Oleum. The local paint person stated this can be applied directly to the metal, but perhaps I am just being old school so I am questioning whether priming first would be better. A: Rustoleum’s hammer finish is in fact fine to use [...]

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What hath iron wrought?

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Q: We purchased a used dinette set; the style is often referred to a wrought iron, however the chairs and base are clearly metal. They appear to have been originally powder coated, and subsequently painted over by the former owner with what looks like latex paint. Using a gel stripper and a bit of elbow [...]

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Don’t fence me in

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Q: I have an older privacy fence made of staggered treated pine; the kind you buy in sections at Home Depot. Over the years the fence has grayed and I want to clean and stain it. My plan is to use deck cleaner and some light pressure washing to clean. Afterwards, I want to stain [...]

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Do it right or do it over

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Q: I built a box of marine plywood to attach to the underside of the roof allowing a column to be mounted. After three coats of acrylic latex paint, the majority of the box is a nice white. However, there is a zig zag in the side of the box which either won’t accept paint [...]

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No fade, no shade

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Q: We are in the process of making a dining room table out of solid padauk and purpleheart, and wanted to know the best way to finish it. We would love to be able to keep the colors of the natural wood, without ambering over time. A clear, durable finish would be great as well. [...]

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Redwood stands alone

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Q: I am making a redwood raised planter bed using 2×6 material obtained from the local retail supplier. I elected not to use pressure treated wood because we intend on growing vegetables. Since the wood will be in direct contact with the ground, what type of finish would you recommend? A: Generally I don’t suggest [...]

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Hold on there, finish!

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Q: What finish will stand up to New York winters? Sometimes the windows sweat on the inside and my finish comes off in a year or two. A: Part of that my be your choice of finish, but it may also be the preparation. You must start with clean, sanded wood to get good adhesion, [...]

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