September 27, 2012
Q: Spilled Scotch ate away the shellac on my table. What’s the best way to fix the finish? Don Hayes, Ames, IA A: For small or minor blemishes with alcohol,…
July 26, 2012
Don't rush to strip; a simple cleaning and renewal can work wonders
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Automotive polish makes it fast and foolproof
Q: How can I identify the finish on a piece of furniture so that I can repair it? Jack Simpson, Abilene, TX A: To know which finish you're dealing with, try…
March 1, 2009
Q: Occasionally, I find small knots and blemishes in the wood I use to build furniture. What's the best repair for them? Jay Riley, New Orleans, LA A: The best repair…
Q: I finished some cabinets with an oil-based stain and two coats of thinned boiled linseed oil. The second coat of oil hasn't dried. Scrubbing with steel wool and thinner removed…
January 1, 2009
To match a 200-year-old finish, an expert uses common tools and techniques
May 1, 2008
Q: Our eight-year old kitchen cabinets need refinishing, and I would like to use a water-based finish. Is that a good choice? If so, can I apply it over the existing…
March 12, 2008
Prevent stain and dye problems with a washcoat of shellac and learn how to repair a bad stain job
August 27, 2007
Learn the best ways to remove a finish, safely. First of a five-part video series.
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