Finishes and Finishing

Find finishing techniques, tips, and tricks including stains, water-based and oil finishes, dyes, exterior finishes, and urethanes. You'll also learn how to create your own finishes.

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Make a Home Brew Wipe-On Finish
With so many wipe-on finishes to choose from, you’ll probably find one you like right off the shelf. But you can easily make your own.
Oil vs. Film, Choose Your Finish
When it's time to apply a knockout finish, there are a lot of contenders. Some can take a punch; some bounce back fast. Here's how to choose the one that's a fair match for your project.
Becoming an HVLP convert
Are there benefits to upgrading to an HVLP system? We've got the answer here.
What's the best finish for window frames?
I am in the process of refinishing wooden casement window frames. What kind of finish should I use?
What's the best way to get a satin finish?
I want a satin finish for my cherry dining table, and I have a supply of both satin and gloss varnish.
What is an HVLP spray gun?
I’ve heard that an HVLP (high volume/low pressure) spray-finishing system offers benefits over traditional spray guns, but I’d like a further explanation.
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Brush With Greatness

More than just a clump of furry fibers, matching the brush to the finish can make your project shine.