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Wiping Varnish – What is it?

Wiping varnish is simply any brand of oil-based alkyd (regular) varnish or oil-based polyurethane varnish in any sheen (gloss or satin) thinned about half with mineral spirits (paint thinner). Rules for Application ■  Wipe or brush on the wood and ■  Wipe off all the excess; or ■  Brush off some or most of...

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Wiping Varnish

An excellent finish for first timers (and beyond). By Bob Flexner Pages: 50-55 From the November 2011 issue #193 Buy this issue now Wiping varnish is the finish I recommend you use if you are finishing for the first time. Wiping varnish is a term I coined in 1990 to categorize a large number of very popular fi...

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Flexner on Finishing: Odds & Ends

Four short (but crucial) finishing subjects. By Bob Flexner Pages: 58-60 From the October 2011 issue #192 Buy the issue now What follows are four concise – but important – finishing topics about which you’ve likely wondered. 1 – Metamerism Most of us have experienced a situation where we finish a project in our shop or garage to...

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Flexner on Finishing: Refinishing Furniture

Stripper types. There are five categories of strippers. From left to right: high-percentage methylene chloride, low-percentage methylene chloride, strong solvent and no methylene chloride, refinisher (no methylene chloride and no wax), and NMP (n-methyl pyrrolidone). Repair, strip and refinish to restore old pieces. By Bob Flexner Pages: 58-60 From the August 2011 issue #191...

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Flexner on Finishing: Lacquer Thinner

This solvent is unique. By Bob Flexner Pages: 58-60 From the June 2011 issue #190 Buy this issue now Lacquer thinner is the thinner used for all types of lacquer (not waterbased finishes, which are sometimes misrepresented as “lacquer”). These include the most common lacquer – nitrocellulose lacquer, colorless CABacrylic lacquer and the most durable lacquer – catalyzed...

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Flexner on Finishing: Battling Blotching

Forget wood conditioner and go for gel stain. By Bob Flexner Pages: 94-95 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now You’ve heard me say this before, and I’m sure you’ll hear me say it again: The worst single thing that can happen in wood finishing is blotching – that is, uneven...

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Flexner on Finishing: The Facts on Wax

Although a poor finish when used alone, wax excels as a polish. By Bob Flexner Pages: 100-101 From the February 2004 issue #139 Buy this issue now Wax has been used for centuries as a finish and polish on furniture and other wooden objects, but it is still a very misunderstood material. Wax is...