Michael Dresdner

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Gaps away

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Q: My floor looks good but there are some small gaps between the floor boards. It is an oak herringbone floor with a polyurethane finish. What is the absolute best product to use to fill the existing gaps? A: In my opinion, it is trowel filler or pore filler, depending on the size of the [...]

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Timbermate as pore filler

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Q: I plan to paint oak cabinets. Someone suggested Bondo for pore filling but I am considering Timbermate instead. Any tips on grain filling with that product? A: For the record, polyester body fillers like Bondo will also work just fine as pore fillers under painted surfaces. As for Timbermate, simply thin it with water [...]

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Open pore or filled

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Q: I would like to use the shellac and wax finish we learned during the uke building class on a classical guitar I built, but it’s Indian Rosewood and the pores look a bit open. Do I need filler first? A: The finish you used on your ukulele is a very thin, open pore finish. [...]

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Matching Martin

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Q: I’m restoring a Martin guitar, and after staining, I added three very light wash coats of 1lb. cut shellac. I’d like to strike the pores black with Finishers Glaze seal with sanding sealer, fill pores with Bartley’s dark, seal and topcoat. Martin mahogany pores are darkened nicely. I’m trying to do it the right [...]

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Onyx oak

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Q: I want to finish new oak plywood cabinets with onyx painted finish with an artistic sanding through on accent areas but I can’t get a smooth finish look. What do I need to use to get the smooth finish look? A: You need pore filler. Oak is an open pore wood and the pores [...]

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Pore it on

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Q: I would like to finish some oak with solid color lacquer from a spray can. I want the finished surface to be very smooth and have the grain completely hidden. I’ve been using Crystalac brand grain filler, but after five coats the grain is still visible in places. Should I continue with more coats, [...]

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Q: I am in the process of completing a kitchen full of cabinets and need some advice about the proper finish to use. The face frames and drawer fronts are walnut. There are several lower cabinet doors that are walnut frames with a maple panel. Do I need to seal the wood to obtain a [...]

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Filler up

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Q: Would you apply waterbased pore filler directly onto wood or give it a wash coat of something like shellac first? A: With most waterbased fillers, you can do either, but there are reasons to go one direction or the other.  If you are not staining the wood prior to filling, and don’t mind the [...]

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Pore filling’s best kept secret

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Q: I know that in USA you have three pore fillers: oil based, waterbased and clear filler. Here in Italy there are no such pore fillers. We have nitro pore filler sealer that is sprayed on, but the problem is that it does not fill pores. It is impossible for me to order solvent based [...]

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