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  • Hydrocote on Stains

    Hydrocote on Stains

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    Can I apply Hydrocote water-based finishes over oil-based stains? I want to oil a cherry table to deepen its color, but I want a finish with more durability than oil. Yes, Hydrocote finishes work very well over...

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  • Staining Pine

    Staining Pine

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    1. Brush on two generous coats of water-based conditioner. With each application, keep the surface wet for three to five minutes, then wipe off the excess. Let the conditioner dry thoroughly, then sand it with 400-grit paper....

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  • Polyurethane for a Durable, Beautiful Finish

    Polyurethane for a Durable, Beautiful Finish

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    Applying Polyurethane: Polyurethane is widely revered as one of the most durable yet easy-to-apply protective wood finishes. Polyurethanes are now available in both oil-based and water-based, and there are differences in the way in which both are...

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  • Staining End Grain

    Staining End Grain

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    When applying liquid stains, the stain soaks more deeply into the pores of the end grain than the face grain, darkening the ends much more than the faces. One way to even out the stain color is...

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  • wood finishing tips

    wood finishing tips

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    Sand with the grain Sand with the grain when hand sanding or using a belt sander. Scratches are hard to see when they run parallel to the grain. But even the lightest scratches across the grain are...

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  • Creating a Hand-Rubbed Lacquer Finish

    Creating a Hand-Rubbed Lacquer Finish

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    There are numerous advantages to a lacquer finish. A properly completed lacquer finish is clear, durable and dries very quickly. By hand-rubbing your lacquer finish, you can take it one step further and give it a mirror-like...

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  • How To Mix Shellac

    How To Mix Shellac

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    Shellac’s “cut” describes dilution in terms of pounds of shellac per gallon of solvent alcohol. A 3-lb. cut literally is 3 pounds of shellac flakes or buttons dissolved in a gallon of alcohol—but of course that’s a...

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  • Stains vs. Dyes

    Stains vs. Dyes

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    Very simply put, stains are very thin paints and dyes are why your socks are red out of the washer. With stains, the pigment tends to remain on the surface of the wood and lodge in the...

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