Water Based Wood Finishing

When to Use a Penetrating Wood Finish Instead of a Film-Forming Finish

Most of the finishes you’ll see used on wood products are film-forming. And there are several reasons for this: They meet and, in most cases, exceed the KCMA standard (how a finish performs against typical household substances and extreme temperatures)… They are highly durable… And they are quick and easy to apply using standard finishing …

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EMTECH USH3000 UltraSeal-WB Shellac Sealer

Dry Film Thickness: Improving Water Based Film Finish Quality and Performance

In Part 1 of this article, we covered the definition, importance, and measurement of wet film thickness. Today, we’ll do the same for dry film thickness. As important as wet film thickness is, “the total thickness of the film finish when dry” is equally important. This (in bold) is the definition of dry film thickness. Simply …

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Wet film thickness gauge

Wet Film Thickness for Water Based Polyurethane: Improving Film Finish Quality and Performance

There are several factors that influence the quality and performance of water based polyurethane and water based lacquer film finishes, including: Surface preparation… Finishing products… Application equipment… Environment (temperature & relative humidity)… And of course, knowledge and technique. An important part of knowledge and technique is knowing and applying the optimal thickness of finish to …

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Here are some tips on wood finishing spray gun maintenance

My Wood Finishing Troubleshooting Cheat Sheet: Spray Gun Maintenance

A hand or power tool is an investment that can last many years when properly maintained. I assume caring for your tools is a ritual you follow, but what about your spray equipment? This seems to be a stumbling block for some folks, because over the past 35 years of crawling through finishing shops, I …

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Best wood finishing gifts you ever received

The Best Wood Finishing Gifts You Ever Received…or Gave

‘Tis the season for giving, so today I thought we could exchange some ideas on the best wood finishing gifts you ever received…or gave. Feel free to think outside the box. It could be a tool or piece of equipment… Or simply a piece of great advice. Here’s are a few of my best wood …

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How to Find a Good Wood Finisher When You Need One

If you’re reading this, you probably do most or all of your wood finishing. But there’s also a good chance (due to workload, scheduling, etc.,) you may need to find a good wood finisher you can rely on from time to time. The challenge is, trusting your work (and deadlines) to someone else isn’t easy. …

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EM9300 WB Polycarbonate Urethane

Water Based Polyurethane: The Best Choice for Your Project

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 of wood finishes …

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