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The Best Makeshift Wood Finishing Tools and “Hacks”

Not sure if you saw my recent article on achieving the Natural Wood Look, but in it… I mentioned how I sometimes use a plastic door sweep to apply grain filler. Here’s how that came about, and then I’d love to hear what makeshift tools or “hacks” you’ve discovered. So, as I was prepping for …

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The Top-5 Water Based Wood Finishing Myths…BUSTED!

I’m guessing you’re no stranger to searching Google for help when using water based wood finishes. To be sure, there is a lot of great information on the Web. But there is also a lot of MIS-information. Even from so-called “experts.” At best, their statements are “mostly right” (in specific situations). At worst, they are …

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Water Based Stains: Common Faults and Fixes for Beautiful Results

I would never risk my credibility by saying, “you can use water based stains EXACTLY how you use oil based stains and achieve the same results.” But for every “fault” voiced about water based stains, there is a pretty easy “fix.” And here are three key ones you should know: THE FAULT: “Water-based stains can …

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How to Make a Temporary Spray Finishing Area in Your Shop

Have you ever needed to set up a temporary spray finishing area in your shop? If you’ve read my previous Target Coatings blog posts and/or follow me on social media, you know I have a spray booth in my shop. But that wasn’t always the case. And based on discussions I’ve had with lots of …

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How to Apply Water Based Finish Over Oil Based Stain

The number one question I’m asked is… “Can I apply your water based finish over oil-based stain?” As you’ll see in the video above, the answer is… YES! And I’ll show you exactly how to do it. It’s not complicated, but there are some steps that must be performed in the right way… And in …

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Finishing Open Grained Woods with Water Based Grain Filler

“To Fill or Not to Fill… That is the Question.” This article walks you through how to work with grain filler.  When I was making furniture for a living, nearly every one of my clients had their own idea of what constituted “finely finished” furniture.   That enabled (or should I say “forced”) me to develop …

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Ultimate Furniture Finish

How to Get the Ultimate Furniture Finish with Water Based Finishes – Part 2

How to Get the Ultimate Furniture Finish – Part 2. By Marty Schlosser In Part 1 of this article, I shared my first three “pro tips” for getting the ultimate furniture finish… 1. Understanding Objectives 2. Selecting Finishing Materials & Equipment 3. Preparation Today, I’m going to share tips #4 through #7. So, let’s pick …

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How to Get the Ultimate Furniture Finish with Water Based Finishes – Part 1

How to Get the Ultimate Furniture Finish – Part 1. By Marty Schlosser There’s no denying the key role finishing plays in any successful piece of furniture or set of cabinets. Even an exciting design, meticulously crafted with the most appropriate materials will fall flat if the furniture finish is poorly conceived and executed. The …

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2K Polyurethanes: What Wood Finishers Should Know – Part 1

Have you noticed “2K polyurethanes” or simply “2K urethanes” are “having a moment” on social media lately? I certainly have, and I must admit, I have some concerns about what is being said (or not said) about these products, particularly the ones being marketed as “safer” because they are water based. If you haven’t heard …

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