Found 111 results for the keyword ‘Finishes’

  • How to clean old painted brass.

    The first thing you need to know is whether it is solid brass or just brass plated.Scratch the backside of a hinge or a hidden part of your brass piece. If you see a different metal under the coating, it is brass plated. If a deep scratch, or even a bit of grinding reveal no different metal, it...
  • Making an invisible patch in a lathe and plaster wall

    To fix a bulge or hole in a lathe and plaster wall, we need to pay special attention to two things: limit the damage as we remove the loose plaster, and make sure the new plaster sticks solidly to the old lathe.Start by using a pencil to draw a line around the entire soft area that you want to r...
  • The best of breathing protection

    The first photo shows a respirator. If you have ever used a respirator you will really love this new one. It has a quick latch release that allows you to drop it down off of your face without loosing any of the adjustments of the straps on your head, and quick latch it right back. When using...
  • 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...
  • Peeling paint on a foundation wall.

    Michele in Hamilton, Ontario needs to repaint her cinder block walls on the outside of the basement. But a close look at a photo that she sent us showed a lot of deep holes or pock marks in the blocks. Not only the paint was peeling off, but the block itself was breaking off.  This is a sign o...
  • Eliminating scratches from furniture.

    I just had to show off a new product that is on the market called Scratch Match. When you scratch furniture or floors to the point of removing wood, you will need to either sand it all down and refinish, or work with colour matched putties. When you just scratch the finish and don't even ge...
  • Odours in paint

    Eleminating ordinary paint odours Are you tired of the smell of paints and finishes? There are now several products on the market that you add to your paint and when it starts to dry on the wall, this chemically reacts with those molecules that cause the odour and stop those odours. It works wi...
  • How do you refinish an old bathtub?

    Epoxy paints are available that you can use if you want to do this job yourself, and they are quite durable. However it is very difficult to apply them without seeing the brush marks.The real professional method, short of taking the tub out and sending it out for re-finishing, is to have a speci...
  • New hand towels that clean off urethane adhesive and foam insulation.

    If you have ever tried to clean the insulating foam in a can off of your hands or your tools, or urethane adhesives, or oil paint, or dried latex caulking?. you will rejoice at this nifty innovation that showed up at my door recently.Simply called "Hand and Tool Towels" by Bostick, they come in ...
  • 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...