Category Archives for Treatments and Finishes

Exterior Decorating: Varnishing Exterior Woodwork

Grained woodwork and painted woodwork which is exposed to very hard wear or to adverse weather conditions may be protected to give it a longer lease of life by coating the work with varnish. There are many different types of … Continue reading

27. July 2011 by admin
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Painting and Decorating: Paint Finishes and Special Paints

Special Paints and Paint Finishes: Some surface materials inside the house require the use of special paints. A special quality paint is made for painting radiators and hot-water pipes; this is usually available in a range of metallic colours and … Continue reading

25. July 2011 by admin
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Staining and Painting Wood Floors

Staining Floors: Floor stains are available in a good range of timber colours. The colour of the stain is described as being light oak, dark oak, mahogany, etc., and it does not mean that the stain so described is only … Continue reading

25. July 2011 by admin
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Furniture Cleaning and Repairs: Stain Removal, Cigarette Burns, etc

Bruises, marks and stains Most repairs to everyday furniture are within the scope of the handyman. Repairs and repolishing of antiques should be left to an expert. Removing bruises: Do this immediately following the damage. Treatment of softwoods is nearly … Continue reading

29. June 2011 by admin
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Covering Wood with Laminate

Cutting and sizing Plastic laminates can be bought cut to the size you want or, more cheaply, in standard sheets you cut to size yourself. Cut with a sharp, finely set backsaw at a low angle on the decorated side … Continue reading

29. June 2011 by admin
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Maintenance of Wood Finishes

Oiled finishes These are usually found on modern teak and afrormosia furniture. There are two types: the true oiled finish, which is generally dark in colour, and one in which the timber has been given a sealing coat of lacquer … Continue reading

29. June 2011 by admin
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How to Finish Wood with a Spray Gun

Home spraying is only moderately successful, as the ideal spraying facilities are rarely available. But where reasonably good facilities do exist, spraying gives a quality and evenness of finish, particularly with modern clear lacquers, that cannot be obtained by other … Continue reading

29. June 2011 by admin
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Different Types of Wood Finish

Linseed oil This is the cheapest of the oil finishes. It is available boiled or raw — the boiled form dries more quickly. Linseed oil takes longer than teak oil to apply but it has a greater depth of finish. … Continue reading

29. June 2011 by admin
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Wood Finishing: Preparation, Staining and Grain Filling

Preparation Correct preparation is essential for any wood finish. Modem clear finishes in particular accentuate scratches and other imperfections, if not removed. Get as fine a finish as possible with the cutting tools to keep sanding to a minimum, especially … Continue reading

29. June 2011 by admin
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How to Revive Old Furniture

How to Revive Your Old Furniture

Reviving Your Furniture It is no secret that a lot of DIY projects represent hard work, but wax polishing furniture is not one of them. It’s a rewarding job, and one that is so easy to accomplish that even complete … Continue reading

07. December 2010 by admin
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