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Expert's Corner — spraying

TIP: Grain Reversal in Stained Pine

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TIP: Grain Reversal in Stained Pine

Pine is often stained to make it resemble a higher quality wood such as walnut, cherry or mahogany. You need to be aware, however, that the staining reverses the grain color, making what was the lighter-colored grain now the darker-colored grain. This happens because the softer, lighter-colored grain absorbs more of the stain than the much harder and denser darker-colored grain. An example of this is shown in the first accompanying picture. The left side has been finished with a clear finish. The right side has been stained and finished. The only way to keep this from happening is to spray the...

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Spraying Right, Spraying Safe, Where to Use Your HVLP Sprayer

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Now that you’ve bought your spray system, where do you use it? Okay, you’ve made the move and have purchased an HVLP spray finishing system. But before buying did you give much thought to where you were going to use it? From talking with my students, I’ve found that the majority believe that with HVLP, they can spray anywhere. While this might be true, the spray finishing environment must still have some controls. If you do not have a formal spray booth, there are options to create a safe and controlled environment. So what to do? An easy answer is...

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Go for the Glaze – The Results Are Worth the Effort

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I’m no different from most woodworkers. I don’t really enjoy finishing projects any more than the next guy. (For me, the fun is building the piece, especially as the project begins.) My early finishing involved oil-based stains that were slathered on, then adjusted to the final color by how much or how little you wiped the surface. With nearly zero penetration, the finish laid on the surface and was easily nicked or scratched to show raw wood underneath. Later, as I contemplated building furniture to sell to customers, I was advised about aniline dye and gave that a try. The...

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