VOC in Stain Colors: Uses and Alternatives

Paints and Stains, ever since discovery, have protected our valuables. The research and development department of Paints and Stains are never out of work. What is the fuzz about VOC in paints and stains? VOCs, volatile organic compounds, are low boiling point compounds that are used in oil-based paints and

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Distressing Wood

This video show various wood distressing techniques and the tools used. Includes making worm holes, cracks, chaining and hewning. These techniques can be used on any wood surface to give it an “old world” look. Use on doors, cabinets, a fireplace mantel or any wood surface for a unique look.

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How Conditioning Wood Affects Staining

This video shows the effect of conditioning wood before staining. Demonstrates conditioning on a piece of Pine before staining. With softwoods, such as Pine, using a pre-stain conditioner will help prevent a blotchy stain job. *After viewing please consider offering your own insights and opinions, this would be a big

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How to Stain Wood

This video discusses the basic steps used to apply wood stain. Includes a discussion of the differences between hard and soft wood, use of a pre-stain conditioner, application techniques and using an oil base wiping stain. *After viewing please consider offering your own insights and opinions, this would be a

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Staining a Fiberglass Door

Embossed fiberglass is a low maintenance substitute to the standard wood door. Plus, staining a fiberglass door can be easier than working with wood. The main difference between wood and fiberglass is the type of stain and its application. Embossed, wood grained, fiberglass can’t absorb the stain like wood. A

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Wood pergola stained with a semi-solid exterior wood stain.

How to Choose the Best Wood Stain for Your Project

In order to choose the best wood stain for the job, consider the look you are going for and what conditions the wood will be under. Certain looks work better with certain stains. In addition, some conditions like exterior wood and wooden decks require specially formulated stains as well. Stains

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Sherwin Williams Sher-Wood catalyzed lacquer, 5 gallon pail.

Tips for Choosing High Quality Lacquer

High quality lacquer has an appealing look and feel that is difficult to duplicate with other wood finishes. Many professional painters use this finish to save time and still produce pleasing results. Using a quality finish is always a good idea and with this finish you have several choices, from

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Acrylic Urethane – A Great Modern Wood Finish

A truly modern wood finish is acrylic urethane. I first used this type of clear finish 20 or more years ago. At that time most painters were apprehensive about using something new, especially when finishing stained wood. Since then many improvements have been made. Let’s take a look at this

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McCloskey Man-O-War Spar Varnish with a Satin Sheen

Oil Base Varnish – A Great Wood Finish That is Still Hard to Beat

Even with all the modern wood finishes available, oil base varnish is still popular and a favorite of professionals and “do-it-yourselfers”. I like it for many reasons. The main reason is it will stick to almost any finish. Plus, it has excellent resistance against abrasion, solvents, water and the damaging

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