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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.


What Chemicals are in Your Lacquer Thinner?

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 04/01/2011 2:00AM

Let’s look at lacquer thinner and see what those chemicals might be and how different combinations or proportions of chemicals affect the drying time of the coating.


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