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Countdown-to-Christmas finishes

In a time crunch, you need a finish that cures to a sandable hardness fast enough for you to apply that critical second coat.

The trick to clear-coating a project quickly, says finishing expert Bob Flexner, is in the second coat. The first application of any finish acts as a sealer, filling pores and locking any errant wood fibers in place. But the second coat begins to add visual depth and protection. In a time crunch, you need a finish that cures to a sandable hardness fast enough for you to apply that critical second coat.

A few caveats, though: Film-forming finishes start their journey to film-dom when solvents or thinners begin to evaporate, a process that happens best in warmer temperatures. In cooler-than-ideal conditions, accelerate the drying speed by circulating the air around -- not on -- your project using small fans. This keeps air flowing without blowing dust directly into the drying finish.

You could run into the opposite problem in a warm shop: Dry winter weather causes some finishes to dry too quickly, broadcasting brush strokes and locking drips in place. Where necessary, thin finishes for easier application.

And crack a window or door to keep a fresh air exchange even if it means cranking up the heat for a time. Then check the calendar and choose one of the following fast-drying finishes.


Continued on page 2:  Three days before Christmas: Aerosol Lacquer

 

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jmc1324 wrote:

All I use is Lacquer from Sherwin Williams buy it the 1 gallon can or the 5 gallon bucket,

12/19/2013 08:38:35 PM Report Abuse
speyerer wrote:

joanne, here you go: http://www.woodstore.net/quandearoho.html

12/19/2013 06:49:44 PM Report Abuse
joanneandweb wrote:

Thanks for the info..perfect timing. Also,can I purchase plans for the rocking horses in the photo? Web

12/19/2013 12:16:16 PM Report Abuse
drharter2001 wrote:

Im finishing projects now and was trying to figure out the finishes...Your article couldn't of been timed better thanks....Doug

11/14/2013 02:53:49 PM Report Abuse

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