Flexner on Finishing: Finishing Overview


Understand the basics.
By Bob Flexner
Page: 56-57

From the February 2011 issue #188
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A wood finish is a clear, transparent coating applied to wood to protect it from moisture and to make it look richer and deeper. This differs from paint, which is a wood finish loaded with enough pigment to hide the wood. And it differs from a stain, which is a wood finish and a colorant (pigment or dye) with a lot of thinner added so the excess stain is easy to wipe off. The remainder just colors the wood; it doesn’t hide the wood.

Unfortunately, the term “finish” also refers to the entire built-up coating, which could consist of stain, several coats of finish (a “coat” is one application layer) and maybe some coloring steps – for example, glazing or toning – in between these coats. For some reason, we have only one word to refer to both the clear coating used, and to all the steps used.

Usually, the context makes clear to which is being referred.

To Buy: Get Bob Flexner’s new book, “Flexner on Finishing.”
Article: Read “The Basics of Wiping Varnish.”


From the February 2011 issue #188
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