Filling Sealing and Priming

Most finishes are self-sealing, meaning that the first coat that goes on the wood soaks in, dries, and does the job of preparing it for subsequent coats of finish just fine. But there are three reasons to consider using another type of finish as the sealer
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  • Finishing MahoganyFinishing Mahogany

    by Jeff Jewitt

    If you want your finish to enrich the colors of that bland mahogany, try this recipe. To understand how to finish mahogany, one must know its history. In this article, ...

  • A Primer on SealersA Primer on Sealers

    by Jeff Jewitt

    Sealers perform several functions, and for special needs, there are products that work better than thinned finishes. Jeff Jewitt discusses sanding sealers, which ...

  • Paste Wood FillersPaste Wood Fillers

    by Jeff Jewitt

    When finishing open-grained woods, you can fill the pores with paste wood filler if your goal is to achieve a refined, elegant, glass-smooth look, according to ...

  • Using Wood PuttyUsing Wood Putty

    by Chris A. Minick

    Chris Minick’s early experiences with putty taught him two lessons: store-bought wood putty is never the right color, and the putty always shrinks, even when the ...

  • Fill the Grain for a Glass-Smooth FinishFill the Grain for a Glass-Smooth Finish

    by Chris A. Minick

    You need only a few tools to use grain fillers, and grain-filling is pretty straightforward. Chris A. Minick explains the differences between oil-based and water-based ...

  • Sealers: Secret for Finishing SuccessSealers: Secret for Finishing Success

    by Chris A. Minick

    Sealers are the unsung heroes of finishing. In this article, finishing chemist Chris A. Minick explains what sealers do and how to apply them. There are several ...

  • Creating a Decorative Filled FinishCreating a Decorative Filled Finish

    by George Frank

    George Frank learned a method of finishing in Hungary in the 1920s that involves dyeing the wood, sealing it and then packing the pores with contrasting filler. ...

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