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Waterborne Wood Coatings Are Coming of Age

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 06/03/2011 2:00AM

I watched WoodworkingNetwork.com's webcast on Sanding & Finishing – How to Get Green and liked it so much that I watched it again. If you haven’t done that yet then you should. Find it at WoodworkingNetwork.com/webcasts.


Measuring Wood Coating Viscosity

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 05/27/2011 2:00AM

We are going to talk about wood coating viscosity relative to the use of a viscosity cup. Practice your measurements with a viscosity cup until you find the combination that works the best with your equipment and applications methods.


KCMA’s wood coating standard: unvarnished truth

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 05/20/2011 2:00AM

In my blog, Calculating Wood Coating Thickness, I stated, “The KCMA standard for dry mil thickness is 3 – 5 dry mils.” I have spoken that little sentence more times than I care to count. But now I suspect that I have mindlessly misstated that sentence for years. It may not be factual and one of my readers finally spoke up and called my bluff.


More on pre-cat and post-cat wood coatings

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 05/13/2011 2:00AM

For the last couple of weeks I’ve talked about pre-cat and post-cat wood coatings, discussing the impact of each coating on your finishing process as well as marketing program.




How Cabinetmakers Can Market Coatings

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 05/05/2011 2:00AM

Many a cabinetmaker has based his marketing plan upon his conversion varnish because, with its wonderful protective qualities and its non-yellowing properties, it’s as good as you can get from a “lacquer-based” coating.


Reactive and Non-reactive Wood Coatings

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 04/29/2011 2:00AM

Reactive and non-reactive wood coatings: following a silent explosion in the field of resin technology,   we will see advances soon that will lift the performance standards of water-borne coatings even higher.


Calculating Wood Coating Thickness

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 04/22/2011 2:00AM

How are you going to measure wood coating thickness?


Mad Chemist? A Finishing Chemical Primer

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 04/08/2011 2:00AM

Improve wood finish quality by learning what chemicals are in the manufacturer blends so you'll know when to use certain thinners to your advantage.


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