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by Paul S
Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:11 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Walnut finish on Poplar
Replies: 2
Views: 2879

Hi Darin, I also find the article agreeable - but I'm a little biased. Do you already have a finishing supplier that you work with? Or a favorite brand of stains and/or dyes? What brands do you have easy access to? There's lots of ways to develop that color and I don't mind providing an exact recipe...
by Paul S
Sun May 11, 2014 3:25 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Cost of professional refinishing ?
Replies: 4
Views: 4210

Chris, The price list at the link below is 10 years old, so you should adjust for the cost of living increase since then. You are under-charging and need to increase your prices to earn a living and make a profit. People can complain all they want - that should not affect your prices - either they a...
by Paul S
Sat Mar 01, 2014 5:55 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Wood Bed Rail Glue
Replies: 6
Views: 4916

Hi Eric,

Can you post a picture of the assembly you're trying to take apart as well as some shots that show how the rails attach to the headboard/footboard? That will make iteasier to understand what you're dealing with.
by Paul S
Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:25 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Removing A Drying Oil From A Lacquer Finish
Replies: 6
Views: 4337

Gallatin, Drying oils form cross-linked polymers as they cure. Once the cross-linking has started, it takes strong solvents to break them down. Those same solvents will dissolve lacquer pretty easily. So if you try to remove the drying oil, you will also remove the lacquer. There's a possiblity the ...
by Paul S
Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:48 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Grain Filler
Replies: 1
Views: 2414

Hi Jerry, If you look up the material safety data sheet (MSDS) for the Por-O-Pac reducer, you will learn that the ingredients are petroleum distillates. The CAS number reveals they are mineral spirits. You can get mineral spirits at the home center, hardware store, or paint store. Any brand will wor...
by Paul S
Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:33 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinished desk getting sticky.
Replies: 4
Views: 4285

Oil base poly becomes durable pretty quickly but water-base poly can take weeks. If you didn't use water-base poly, the culprit may be the paste wax. It has a low melting point and frequent contact with the body may be the source of trouble.
by Paul S
Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:17 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Another Staining Maple Thread
Replies: 11
Views: 6616

Hi John, Zar Honey Maple doesn't cause ugly blotching but it does enhance the grain and figure of the wood. I like it on maple, aspen, and pine. Every brand of stain has some colors that don't cause bad blotching. Sand the wood, with the grain, using 150 grit to establish a fresh, uniform surface fo...
by Paul S
Wed Dec 25, 2013 1:39 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Another Staining Maple Thread
Replies: 11
Views: 6616

John, I think your idea to go with a natural look and satin finish is a very good approach. Maple is difficultto stain well and to get really nice results takes some advanced techniques that require a fair amount of practice. Take a look at this short article that describes the basics - Staining map...
by Paul S
Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:51 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Stripping equipment
Replies: 4
Views: 3438

Some of the suppliers of refinishing equipment and materials include; Benco Sales - http://www.bencosales.com/store/ Hood Finishing products - http://www.hoodfinishing.com/ Besway Systems - http://www.besway.com/ - http://www.besway.com/products.html#prodlist Kwick Kleen - http://www.kwickkleen.com/...
by Paul S
Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:39 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Dark maple stain help
Replies: 3
Views: 4191

Dan, Take a look at the short article at this link - Multi-Step Coloring The finish you want is very similar to the finish I did on the armoire. These multi-layer finishes are diificult to achieve good results because the sprayed color steps have to be very even and it takes a lot of practice. I wou...
by Paul S
Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:59 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Problems with Silicone
Replies: 4
Views: 5996

Silicone contamination is easy to counteract when refinishing furniture and cabinetry. Just add a little Smoothie to your stains and solvent based finishes and they will work like normal. Smoothie lowers the surface tension of the finish product to match the silicone contamination which eliminates f...
by Paul S
Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:41 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Staining alder to match teak
Replies: 1
Views: 3830

Hi tj, Alder does not stain really well - it tends to get blotchy with a mixture of really dark spots and lighter areas. If you use a thick gel stain, that will help a lot to keep the color more even. If you do stain the wood, you'll need to put a finish like varnish or wipe-on poly over it. The ing...
by Paul S
Sat Dec 10, 2011 3:30 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: What is it
Replies: 1
Views: 3049

Hi Jimmy,

Looks like a chifferobe from the 1930s or 1940s. Completely restored with a nice finish it should be worth $500 - $750.
by Paul S
Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:40 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: widdicomb furniture
Replies: 18
Views: 12963

It may be more or less in your area, but figure about $20 per sqaure foot.
by Paul S
Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:01 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: widdicomb furniture
Replies: 18
Views: 12963

If it were mine, I'd keep the original mirror in storage (well protected) and replace it with a new mirror for daily use. Mirrors can be re-silvered, but I'd just leave it original.
by Paul S
Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:24 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: widdicomb furniture
Replies: 18
Views: 12963

No... these brands have varying formulations of the type(s) of wax they contain, but other than that they have more in common than not. Try a test spot on a surface with some wear that's been exposed to light to see if there is any negative reaction just to be safe. There's a small chance the solven...
by Paul S
Mon Sep 05, 2011 4:53 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: widdicomb furniture
Replies: 18
Views: 12963

There’s a good selection of paste waxes available… Antiquax, Black Bison, Briwax , Fiddes, Mylands, and Renaissance are some of the popular brand names. If you haven’t done much waxing, do a little research before getting started to avoid the pitfalls of improper technique.
by Paul S
Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:07 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: refinishing table
Replies: 1
Views: 2432

Dry spots and streaks, called holidays, are a common application error and it's often best to take care of them on the next coat. Sounds like the varnish you're using is designed to build a durbale film quickly with minimal coats. The drawback of these high solids finishes is they can be finicky to ...
by Paul S
Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:56 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: widdicomb furniture
Replies: 18
Views: 12963

If it's in excellent condition, I'd leave it alone. If the finish is in great condition and just looks a little lifeless, a coat of wax may be in order... otherwise, it sounds like the best course of action is to do nothing.
by Paul S
Sun Jul 24, 2011 7:14 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Spraying varnish with HVLP
Replies: 2
Views: 3063

Bob,

Holding the gun 14" - 16" away from the surface is too far. That distance works for an airless sprayer with latex paint, but not a cup or pressure pot gun spraying a lower viscosity coating. Stick with the 6" - 7" range that produces the best results and you'll be fine.
by Paul S
Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:51 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Can I Hot Rod My HVLP?
Replies: 1
Views: 2738

Hi Jake,

Adding the pressurized cup to your spray gun will allow you to spray thicker material. And using a smaller needle/nozzle will atomize finer than the 1.7 you currently use. I'd use a needle in the 1.3 - 1.5 range for better atomization and good flow/speed... the 1.2 is pretty small.
by Paul S
Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:05 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinishing a desk for the first time and need some guidance
Replies: 5
Views: 6091

The center and bottom pictures show that the desk is made with an oak veneer. The center picture shows that the finish is failing badly and needs to be removed. It also shows that the finish contains a fair amount of color which allowed the desk to have a pretty uniform appearance when it was in goo...
by Paul S
Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:27 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Question regarding restoring old bed
Replies: 2
Views: 3232

Fuming with ammonia

Well... the stain is a myth. There's no such product. There is a technique to chemically color wood with ammonia called fuming that you can learn about on the web. There shouldn't be any reason not to clean it up and apply a coat of wipe-on varnish or paste wax to give it a renewed look.
by Paul S
Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:04 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: kitchen cabinet nightmare
Replies: 4
Views: 5426

Minwax stain (yellow can) contains linseed oil which acts as a binder to "glue" the stain pigment to the wood. It also seals the wood... the can says something along the lines "Stains & Seals." Once the wood is sealed by the stain, applying anoher coat can be done, but you do...
by Paul S
Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:59 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Repairing Wax Damage
Replies: 2
Views: 3176

Hi Al,

It sounds like the table has a lacquer finish and the heat has caused moisture to get trapped in the finish and turn it milky white. Here are a couple previous discussions on how to fix this problem;

Heat marks in finish #1

Heat marks in finish #2

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