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TIP: Brown Paper Bag Trick

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TIP: Brown Paper Bag Trick

There’s almost always a little dust that settles onto the last coat of finish before it dries, even when you spray fast-drying lacquer. With slow drying varnish, there’s always dust stuck to the finish. As long as the dust isn’t excessive and as long as the particles aren’t large, you can make the surface feel smooth by rubbing with a brown paper bag. Give the finish a couple of days to cure so you don’t scratch it. A smooth feel is critical when judging the quality of a finish. It’s natural for people to run their hand over a finish....

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TIP: Airplane Landing When Brushing

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TIP: Airplane Landing When Brushing

Use an airplane-like landing motion with your brush when making contact with a surface near an edge. Land your brush about an inch in from the edge so you don’t drag it over the edge and cause runs. Land the brush softly while moving it in the direction away from the edge. Then brush across the surface and off the opposite edge. Brush back and forth this way, landing an inch in from each edge and off the opposite edge until you’re ready to load the brush with more finish and begin your next brush strokes.

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