Found 64 results for the keyword ‘Finishing’

  • Black stain coming through oil finish on cedar chair

    An e-mail from Jan in Verona Ontario:Last year I made a white cedar adirondack chair. I finished it with Varathane Natural Oil finish for interior and exterior wood. Parts of it are fine other parts are black after sitting outside one summer. I'm in the process of making another one. What can ...
  • Clear Wood Finishes

    Karen Runstedler from Minwax demonstrated several of their finishing and refinishing products.Of note: if a finish is an older lacquer or shellac finish, you may be able to restore it without stripping off the old finish and without bothering the colour of the wood below. The secret is to use ...
  • Slippery finished concrete

    Bill from Edmonton, Alberta has coloured and varnished concrete outdoors, which has turned out to be just too slippery.To keep the same look but eliminate the safety hazard I would suggest another coat of the same finish but while it is wet, sprinkle in painter's sand. You can find little contai...
  • Stir, never shake, a clear finish.

    Many clear finishes today have what they call "flattening" characteristics which help the material to flow out and let bubbles escape. But depending on the drying conditions, if you put bubbles into your liquid finish, you may have bumps in your dried finish.Two keys to avoiding air bumps in you...
  • Store sticker glue on finished wood surfaces.

    Have you ever purchased a piece of nice wood like a piece of trim, or a wooden cupboard door knob, or some unfinished furniture and have the price sticker sitting right on the finished face? Just peel it off and you can see all the glue that stays on the wood. Then you use solvents, and often t...
  • A DIY kit for refinishing marble

    Dee from Leduc, Alberta wants to bring the shine back up on an old marble sink. There is a marble restoration kit available for DIY'ers from a company called BrightStone. Of note is that it is probably the easiest way to get the right kind of polishing compounds in a cream base for bringing the ...
  • Bathtub repair and refinishing

    Some of our viewers have some patching to do on their bathtubs. Here are the tricks, but remember that a patch almost always shows and some do not last forever so if you really want it nice without replacing the tub you will want to hire a professional refinisher who has special equipment and sp...
  • How do you paint "faux grain"?

    I was amazed how easy it is to paint in "faux grain" using this funny little rubber tool.You just apply the wood stain and then drag the tool along, rocking forward and backward to open and close grain lines. It is amazingly realistic and surprisingly easy.It is called a "ZAR Graining Tool".The ...
  • Finishing Stone Edges

    Working in his fathers shop, Val Bernardo, showed us how he gets that shiny polished edge on stone counters. A surprising amount of the final polishing is done by hand with colour coded polishing grits. We were visiting York Marble, Tile & Terrazzo in Toronto.If you need to do some serious ...
  • My deck is too slippery.

    Linda from Kirkland Lake, Ontario has sanded and finished her deck with an opaque stain and finds it impossibly slippery. She has tried painter's sand, but it doesn't work. What to do?The opaque stain is the problem, together with too much sanding. A finely finished kitchen table is slipper...