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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!




Some Thoughts on Using Wood Dyes

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 12/22/2011 1:22PM

I made a commitment to myself a number of years ago to learn about dyes and how they can be used to create new colors on wood.


Shellac and the Female Lac Bug

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 12/15/2011 10:57AM

Shellac is the secretion of the female Lac bug (Kerrialacca) found in India and Thailand. It takes approximately 100,000 bugs to create 500 grams of shellac flakes. Why should you care?


This Is a Scary Finishing Story

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 12/08/2011 9:05AM

Once the expiration date for a wood coating has been reach, the performance of that coating will begin to fall off. Can more catalyst be added to reactivate it?


A Cabinetmakers' Dilemma: Rising Raw Materials Cost

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 11/25/2011 8:00AM

Raw materials costs go up every day and we all have to deal with that because we have no control over that reality. But we can make adjustments in the bidding process and how we deal with clients.


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