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Rejuvenating Old Finishes: Three Tips in One

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Rejuvenating Old Finishes: Three Tips in One

Think of wood finishes as plastics. Depending on how broadly you define “plastic,” this is exactly what they are. And just like all plastics, finishes deteriorate over time—faster in bright light and heat. First the finish dulls; then it begins crazing and cracking. As the deterioration gets worse, the finish loses its primary function of slowing moisture (liquid and vapor) exchange. Excessive moisture exchange leads to veneer cracking, joints and veneer separating, splits in wood and warping. A deteriorated finish also looks bad. Old furniture with deteriorated finishes usually end up in city landfills. This is the reason the message...

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TIP: Strain Water-Based Finish

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TIP: Strain Water-Based Finish

It’s always a good idea to strain a finish before brushing or spraying it to remove dirt and other unwanted particles. It’s especially important to strain water-based finishes because small bits of finish often solidify in the can, and rust that forms around the lip of the can may fall into the finish. Commercial strainers are widely available wherever paints and finishes are sold. These strainers are much easier to use than any homemade cloth system you may think up. Straining always involves using a separate container, which can be the spray-gun cup itself if you’re spraying, or a jar...

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