Wood finish is one of the most neglected parts of any project because many people give it less time that they should due to their impatience. In this article, you will find how to give more importance to wood finishing and how to achieve the perfect finish and not damage your wood surfaces.
– Know you wood -get familiar with the wood you are working with. For example, veneers absorb too much stain, while particle board too much. Ask your seller about the wood’s particularities so that you know what to expect.
– Sand according to the wood’s grain or texture. This way, if you go wrong and scratch the wood, it will more difficult to spot it since it will run parallel to the grain. Also, do not sand it too smooth since the varnish will not soak properly. Regardless of which way you are sanding – by hand or automatically – start with an 80-grit to sand away blemishes then move on to 120 and 180-grit.
– Make use of pre-stain wood conditioner if you’re working with such words as pine, fir, birch or maple that are known to be porous and absorb stain unevenly. Apply a pre-stain conditioner to make sure uneven stains will not occur.
– Test, test, test. Often, stain samples at local stores are unreliable and will not actually depict what will happen to your wood. Test finishes on a small surface of your wood to see what will be the actual resulting colors. Alternatively, you can test stains on scraps to get the color you want.
– Good synthetic brushes, made from nylon or polyester, are the best tool for applying polyurethane. Investing a little more in a good quality brush will surely make a clear difference.
– Clean the wood surface and surrounding area well before applying the final finish. Do not let the dust settle as this give the look of razor stubble. The surface can be easily dusted with a soft cloth.
– When finishing your woodwork, adding a polyurethane protective finish is recommended. There are two polyurethane options – oil-based and water-based – both being easy to apply and will make the wood last longer.
– Another common finish is lacquer, a substance that provides a durable and clear finish, protecting the wood very good against water. It can be applied by either brush or spray, the latter being much quicker to dry. This option is easier to apply than polyurethane, drying much faster and showing less brush strokes.
– Dripping paint can be a real hassle for a woodwork project. If you will act against the dripping paint when this is wet, you can easily brush out the drip. If your paint has almost dried, you can use a clean cloth to wipe off the excess paint.
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About the Author:
Bogdan Escu is a writer for Fabryo, a leading producer of antigel