As seasons pass, the paint on the garden arbor cracks and peels, the patio furniture splits and spalls, and colonies of mold form a forest of black dots on decks and planters. If you've witnessed these signs, you may wonder why these outdoor finishes failed. We'll tell you, and provide a prevention and fix-it program to boot.
A mix of dye and stain techniques matches fresh-cut edges to the face-grain patina of salvaged wood.
An ounce of prevention ... well, you know the rest. But if you still get runs and misses, try these tips to avoid sanding back to bare wood.
Rub out film finishes to a high shine using this modern alternative to traditional messy powders and oils.
Hate it? Slow it? Love it? Speed it? Here's how you can slow, prepare for, or even use color changes to your advantage.
You can achieve a lustrous, smooth surface without using specialized tools or spray equipment. Just follow these easy steps.
Furniture finishes must provide a good degree of water resistance. You can give your projects a fighting chance with one of these easy-to-apply, water-resistant finishes. But only if you're willing to break a few finishing rules.
Good woodworkers don't always apply finish last. In some cases, it makes sense to apply finish before you glue parts together.
When your furniture goes from having a patina to being pathetic, bring its finish back to life with these quick fixes.
Adding dyes to your finishing tool kit -- either on their own, or in tandem with pigments -- multiplies your grain-popping options.
Blending oil stains to match a previously stained surface requires trial and error, but by learning some simple techniques, you can reduce the error part.
Brushes may look alike, but they're not all created equal. Learn how to choose wisely, then handle them with care.
After some experimenting, we came up with a simple way to give copper that been-around-awhile look for projects in the Arts and Crafts style. Here's how.
When it comes to finishing pens, bowls, and many other small turnings, you won't find any easier way than applying the finish while the project spins on the lathe. Here are two finishes made just for that.
At Mountain Springs Woodcraft, aniline dye and lacquer replace turn-of-the-century fuming and shellac for the mission look.
When the time came to apply an authentic-looking old-time country finish to our oak bedroom furniture set, we turned to Robby Pederson. Robby works as the hands-on demonstrator in the cabinet shop at Living History Farms in Des Moines, Iowa. ( That explains his 1800s attire shown in the photos.) A student of things past, Robby proved to be the right person to show us how to create a time-worn country look using a modern-day approach.
Want to achieve a finish that not only looks like glass but feels that way too? Try filling the grain first.
The best gap-filling material of all is real wood. Choose that option when the void is large enough and regular in shape, like the one shown here.
Professional woodworker Victor DiNovi captures wood's true beauty and protects it with a finish he calls a "compromise."
Plagued by cracks in a piece of old furniture? Unless it's a museum piece, this simple repair might fill the bill.
When it comes to altering the color of wood, woodworkers routinely turn to stains to give wood more or a slightly different color. But wood bleach lets you remove color from wood.
Use inexpensive finishing materials to brightly color birch, maple, ash, poplar, or other light-toned woods in a rainbow of tints.
Flawless finishes begin with proper application. But drips can sneak in. Here are tips on fixing them.
Water and heat rings on tabletops and other surfaces rank high on the list of common finish faults. Here are some tricks that just might make them go away.
Sometimes it's the little things that make the difference. Give these shop tips a turn in your shop.
Quilted maple and other figured woods gain depth as well as brilliant color when you choose this type of stain. Here's everything you need to know for success.
Tried-and-true tips for working with finishes and applying finishes guaranteed to bring out your best job.