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Every Wood Finisher Needs Versatility

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 02/23/2012 12:30PM

The economic environment has forced many companies to do new and different things to stay in business. So, versatility is needed in order to move in all the directions required to pull in finishing work from new customers.


Hire a Wood Refinisher? Because Pros Know

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 02/16/2012 11:05AM

Last week we talked with Krystal and Russell about how to proceed with adding another protective layer to their oak table. This week we discuss their options if they decide to take their table to a local refinisher.


Wood Finishing: The Devil is in the Details

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 02/09/2012 11:26AM

I received the following e-mail from Krystal and her husband Russell, and I thought it might be interesting to those who have found themselves facing this challenging finishing issue.


My Veneer Mistake: It Was a Doozy!

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 02/02/2012 11:15AM

I made a mistake involving veneer and it was a doozy, costing me time, money and a vacation day.




Non-Matching Lacquers? Mystery Solved

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 01/26/2012 11:33AM

A customer told me that on three recent dates a particular color of pigmented lacquer I mixed didn't match when all three were sprayed out on the same job and put side by side. Here's what we found out.


Wood Coatings: Volatile Organic Compounds

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 01/20/2012 9:33AM

I have come to the realization that I have been focusing on formaldehyde release in coatings at the expense of VOCs, which are a major source of indoor air pollution.


Green Wood Finishing: It Ain't Easy

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 01/12/2012 10:26AM

Formaldehyde and isocyanates are among a bunch of chemistry problems that must be overcome to develop wood coatings that meet green standards


Using A Shading Concentrate

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 01/05/2012 11:00AM

I have been hearing for years about people putting wiping stain into their clear finish to shade it or color it and around certain products that’s a big no, no!


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