Michael Dresdner

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Archive for the 'rockler' Category

Gel unwell?

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Q: I have been using Rockler’s gel polyurethane since it was first put on the market. Now that Lawrence-McFadden has gone out of business, is there a product that performs as well their gel polyurethane? A: As of Monday, January 4, 2010, Lawrence McFadden is in the process of transferring its formulations to Seagrave coatings [...]

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Exclusive? Nope.

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Q: I am a huge fan of the polyurethane gel that was sold exclusively by Rockler with your endorsement on the label. I have used it on every piece of sculpture that I have created in the past 10 years. I have just discovered that they no longer carry the product. Could you possibly help [...]

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Attack a Tacky Finish

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Q: My friend has a tile kitchen countertop which has an oak border around the tile. The oak trim for some reason has always been tacky to the touch, as if the finish had never really set up. I was wondering if you had heard of something like this and if there is a way [...]

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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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Stained Dining Table

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Q: I recently purchased a very dark, wood veneer kitchen table.  We have a white stain on it, caused by the heat from a coffee pot.  Is there some way this can be repaired? A: The easiest fix is to spray the area with Blush Eraser, which comes in aerosol cans and is sold at [...]

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Wipe it “Right on”

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Did you know that most any oil based varnish or polyurethane can also be used as a wipe on finish? It’s true! Wipe on finishes are much easier to use than those that require us to learn how to manipulate a brush or spray gun. But many wipe on finishes are simply ultra thin versions [...]

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