Finish & Oil & Paint

Sanding plaster wall with sandpaper

Can You Sand Plaster (by Hand or with a Sander)?

Plaster is a gypsum-, lime- or cement-based building material that is used in construction and DIY projects. It is a common material for walls, ceilings or decorative elements. When you wish to make a plaster surface smooth or even remove it entirely, you might wonder whether it is possible to sand plaster. The short answer …

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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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Painting pressure treated wood with a brush

How to Paint Pressure Treated Wood [4-Step Guide + FAQs]

There are a number of reasons why you might want to paint pressure treated wood. The desire to achieve a certain color or appearance is probably the most important one. Although it is generally not recommended that you paint such timber, there are is a way how to do it. However, it needs to dry …

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10 Practical Tips for Choosing the Right Type of Wood Finish

Whether you own wooden furniture or installations or whether you are a hobby woodworker – whenever it comes to wood around the house, you will have to finish or refinish it at some point. Floors, doors, window frames and exterior wood are exposed to the weather. Thus, they require a regular, often a yearly treatment. …

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Cans of stain that is used as a wood colorant

Types of Stain & Differences: Oil-based vs Water-based vs Gel Stain

Stain is a common colorant for wood that adds a hue to the surface while it retains the grain of the material. There are different types of stain available on the market. Among them, oil-based, water-based and gel stain are the most common ones. In general, a water-based stain is a good choice for interior …

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Screenshot Stain Calculator: It calculates how much interior, exterior, water-based or oil-based stain is needed for a project

Stain Calculator: How Much Stain Do You Need?

Calculate How Much Stain You Will Need for Your Project! Stain is a color or colorless finish for woodwork, furniture, cabinets, moldings, hardwood floors and other wooden objects inside and outside the house. It can also be applied to metal and fiberglass surfaces (some stains, at least). While 1 coat of stain is usually sufficient, …

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How Long Does It Take Stain to Dry?

Stain is a popular finish for all types of woodworking, furniture, floors, doors, windows and other exterior and interior wood. If you consider using a stain, you are probably aware that there are different types of stains – e.g. oil- and water-based stains, stain gels, exterior and interior stains. These products come with different characteristics …

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Example of Matte and Gloss Paint

Matte vs Satin vs Semi Gloss (Paint, Lacquer, Polyurethane)

Whether you are choosing paint for the walls in your home, polyurethane to refinish your hardwood floors or lacquer for wood finishing jobs, you will likely stumble over different types of appearance. These include flat, matte, satin, semi-gloss and gloss, for instance. While picking the color of paint and lacquer only requires you to follow …

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