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Water-Based Finish Tips

Using the right spray gun air cap size is critical

The Right Spray Gun Air Cap Size Can Make All the Difference

When we shop for spray equipment (including a spray gun air cap set), we’re flooded with all sorts of technical information that, at times, makes the waters a bit muddy in trying to make a final purchase. Do we want a turbine unit? Do we want a compressed air gun? Is my compressor the right …

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Air Compressor Spray Guns

My “Go To” Compressed Air Spray Guns

Not sure if you saw it, but Doug F., posed a great question about CFM capacity for hobbyists vs. pros on Marty Schlosser’s article on “Choosing the Best Air Compressors for Your Shop.” You can find Marty’s informative answer down in the comments section, here. And speaking of questions… I received a number of them …

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Marty Schlosser air compressor tips

Key Factors When Choosing an Air Compressor for Your Wood Finishing Spray Gun

A source of reliable, clean air for your spray guns is one of the main elements needed to get the professional finishing results we all want. In this post, I’ll focus on air compressors (we’ll cover turbines in future posts) and show you the factors I consider most important when selecting one. So let’s jump …

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Marty Schlosser

Wood Finishing Expert Marty Schlosser Joins Target Coatings Community

You are in for a real treat this year. The man many call, “The industry’s go to expert,” Marty Schlosser, is joining the Target Coatings community to provide handy advice, guidance and answers to your wood finishing questions (which you can ask in the comments section below). Marty probably needs no introduction, but if you …

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Wood Stains 101: Understanding Dye vs. Pigment Stains

Enhancing or changing the color of wood is one of the most powerful and creative tools available to you. And there can be many considerations before you decide on using a dye- or pigment-based stain (or a dye/pigment blend). But before we even start considering the application, we should first learn how the two types …

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The Most Important Wood Finishing Books in My Library (and Yours)

One of my new customers recently asked me if there are any good books about the art and science of wood finishing that can greatly streamline the learning curve. She had been spending a lot of time searching the web for reliable, practical and proven tips and procedures that would get her off on the …

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Products that “Play Nice” with Emtech Water Based Wood Finishes

You probably know I make a full line of water based wood finishes – everything from primers and sealers, to stains and topcoats. And while I’d like to think you’re using all of them, all the time… I know that’s not the case. There are some very good wood finishing products made by companies other …

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Can You Apply Water-Based Sealer over an Oil-Based Stain?

(Updated July 2020) Sometimes you’re working on a project and you realize you’ve got some oil stain that you want to use or finish up—or simply that you’d applied an oil-based stain, but you’re wanting to use your EMTECH water-based Sealer (for example, USH 3000 UltraSeal-Water Based Shellac Sealer or EM1000 Universal Sanding Sealer) on top …

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