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A Water Based Lacquer? Making Sense of the Confusion

Updated: May 2024 My earlier post about water based varnish generated some questions about water based lacquer, so I’ll address those today. Just so you know, anywhere from three to four times a day my phone rings and a customer asks, “Does [this product] create a lacquer type finish?” When the word “lacquer” enters the …

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How to Create a Candy Coat Wood Finish

A candy coat wood finish can be achieved on many types of projects, and this article will focus specifically on how to achieve it even when you are working with darker colors. Why am I highlighting “darker colors?” When using darker, pigmented colors in a 1K paint coating system (a single-component coating that does not …

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Water Based Polyurethane: The Best Choice for Your Project

Updated: April 2024 Before you can decide whether water based polyurethane or oil based polyurethane is best for your project, you need to define what you want the end result to look like and how you want it to perform. Let’s start with why you would use polyurethane in the first place vs. other types …

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Working with Water Based Wood Finishes in Cold Weather Months

Any time there’s a stretch of cold weather we usually receive a fresh batch of calls and emails about concerns related to cold-weather applications. So, now is a great time to remind everyone that water based coatings are typically more sensitive to cold weather than those based on oil or other solvents and extra attention …

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Exciting, 2024 Upgrades Available Now (with More on the Way)

We’re taking our own advice and starting the year strong! As you may have noticed, we incorporated a bunch of new ideas and improvements to Target Coatings…and we’re not done yet. Below are Parts 1 and 2 of our quick rundown of what’s already “live,” and what’s on the horizon… 2024 UPGRADES, PART 1 Website …

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A beautiful dining room featuring the natural wood look

5 Steps to Create a Natural Wood Look for Your Next Woodworking Project

You have probably noticed the trending popularity of the “natural wood look” or “raw wood finish,” where the final result is a beautiful piece of furniture that looks as if it is raw wood without a single coat of finish. The challenge is, even an ultra-clear coating or lacquer on light woods can add a …

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Examples of the 7 types of wood finishes

The 7 Different Types of Wood Finishes: A Comprehensive Guide

High quality wood finishes are an essential aspect of woodworking, providing protection, enhancing beauty, and ensuring the longevity of wood surfaces. With various options available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right types of wood finishes for your project. In this blog post, we’ll explore different types of wood finishes, with a focus on …

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The Ultimate Guide to Water Based Polyurethane vs. Oil Based Polyurethane

When it comes to choosing between water-based polyurethane and oil-based polyurethane for your project, it’s not unusual to encounter lots of questions. The extensive selection of brands and a diverse range of application-specific formulations can make it challenging to determine the ideal material that will provide both the desired aesthetic and long-lasting durability. This dilemma …

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