Flexner on Finishing: Thick & Thin of Wood Finishing

A penetrating look at protection.
By Bob Flexner
Pages: 98-99

From the December 2006 issue #159
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This article makes use of a clever title to combine two unrelated facts about wood finishing.

The first is: The thicker the finish film after all coats have dried, the better the protection for the wood against water penetration and moisture-vapor exchange.

The second is: The more you thin a finish, the better it lays out flat. That is, the thinner the finish you are applying (which is not the same as the thinner you apply it to the wood) the more reduced the brush marks, orange peel and rag tracks.

From the December 2006 issue #159
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