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Finish wood in cold weather

Can You Stain Wood in Cold Weather?

If you plan to stain wood in cold weather, you must identify the factors that affect how the stain dries and find ways of overcoming them. Temperature and humidity are the primary factors that you should consider. Staining wood in cold weather is possible but it will increase the drying time. Unpredictable weather can affect …

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Tung oil vs Mineral Oil for Finishing Wood in the Kitchen

Tung Oil vs Mineral Oil for Wood Finishing

If you’ve ever made a cutting board or other pieces of woodwork to use in the kitchen, you’ve probably dabbled with different finishes for the wood. Two of the most popular finishes for food-grade wood products are Tung oil and mineral oil. They’re both high quality and totally nontoxic. But what makes these two treatments …

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Rendering a wall

What Is the Difference between Plastering and Rendering?

If you’re a homeowner looking to get your walls renovated, you might ask yourself what exactly the difference is between plastering and rendering. Both are wall finishing techniques that can enhance the appearance of a wall while protecting it from moisture, sun and tear. The main difference is that the term plastering is used for …

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Drywall vs Plaster

Drywall vs Plaster Wall – What Are the Differences?

When you are thinking about the wall construction of your home, two options will probably come to your mind: drywall and plaster wall. In most new homes, drywall is used while plaster walls are common in older buildings. You might be wondering what exactly the difference is: Drywall is a material made from gypsum pressed …

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oil poured into a glass

Mineral Oil vs. Mineral Spirit – What are the Differences?

Mineral oil and mineral spirits are widespread in households and DIY workshops. However, if you are not yet familiar with these substances you might be wondering what the differences are. Mineral oil is a color- and odorless combination of alkanes that can be used as a wood finish, for instance. Mineral spirit, on the other …

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Natural vs synthetic brushes

Differences Between Natural & Synthetic Paint Brushes | Which to Use

There are two types of paint brushes available: natural and synthetic paintbrushes. When you need them for painting a wall, finishing wood or applying stain, you have to decide whether you should go for a natural brush or the synthetic option. Read this comprehensive comparison and check out the usage of each brush. Natural Brush …

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Wood and oils - finishing with a brush

Oil as Wood Finish: Ultimate Guide to Finishing Wood with Oil

Finishing the surface of the wood can be either the last step of your woodwork project or your regular maintenance for your wooden furniture, floors, windows, and doors. Oils are among the most common wood finishes and have been used for centuries in almost all parts of the world. Oils are basically a natural product, …

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