Michael Dresdner

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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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Osage, oh fade

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Q: I’m using Osage Orange for a sunburst top, and discovered it tends to color shift to brown. Is there a finish or other method you know of to prevent this? A: Many exterior coatings, both oil based and waterbased, contain UV absorbers or blockers. These help, but to be honest, they really only delay [...]

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Sunblock for your wood

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Q: I am a novice wood turner and want to minimize the loss of the vibrant colors found in many of the woods that I have spent lots of money on. I heard of something about Ciba Lignostab 1198 Wood Stabilizing additive. Is this for me? Any information would greatly be appreciated. A: Traditionally, the [...]

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Wipe on UV protection

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Q: Can you suggest a product that offers UV protection and can be used like a rub-on poly? A: Sure. Any oil based varnish can be hand applied, so choose any good exterior oil based varnish, marine or household, that boasts added UV blockers on the label. I like to use them uncut, applying by [...]

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UV protection indoors

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Q: I am using Lawrence McFadden’s wipe on polyurethane gel but my furniture often winds up in sunny locations. Is there any UV inhibitor that can be added to this gel or should I try rubbing on an exterior poly or marine varnish that has an inhibitor? A: The short answer is that it would [...]

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