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Wood Finishing: What is Transfer Efficiency?

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 06/13/2013 10:29AM

Transfer efficiency, T.E., is the amount of wood coating that actually lands on the item that you are spraying. See what factors affect the T.E. number.


Finishing Challenges: Goobers in the Woodgrain

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 06/03/2013 8:59AM

We've been discussing how to make repairs to woodgrain and my buddy Kevin Kamberg, an expert on this, shared a few tips on how to repair lacquer that has floating debris.


Woodgrain Repair Tips

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 05/24/2013 9:19AM

More tips from my buddy Kevin Kamberg on how to repair wood finishes.


How to Repair Catalyzed Wood Finishes

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 05/17/2013 9:27AM

Razor blades can help in catalyzed wood finish repair. This week my buddy Kevin Kamberg, an expert in using MEK and PM Acetate to repair wood finishes, gives a few tips.




Questions to Ask Before Recoating Finishes

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 05/02/2013 10:00AM

Let’s say that you have a furniture requiring a spot repair or a customer wants you to re-coat their cabinets. Here are some questions to ask yourself.


Touching Up Catalyzed Finishes

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 04/26/2013 11:22AM

A refinisher often has no idea how his lacquer will affect what was applied before. It’s often a roll of the dice, yet here are some general rules.


Final Look at Wood Singer Sewing Machine Project

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 04/11/2013 10:44AM

The antique Singer sewing machine project is now complete. So, take a look at what I was able to accomplish with the finishing.


How Climate Affects Veneer

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 04/04/2013 9:26PM

Changes in climate from humidity to temperature can affect veneer. The best thing that you could do is to allow sheets of veneer to acclimate thoroughly before they are glued to the substrate.


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