11:30AM | 12/07/04
Member Since: 12/06/04
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Hey Everyone,

I'm a newbie at wood finishings. I'm making a Desk (Pine) small Project but I wasn't sure on how or what to use for finishing, protecting, staining and/or painting.




02:09AM | 12/10/04
I will start with the stain step first.

To keep the stain from absorbing unevenly you will want to use Minwax wood conditioner first. I think that the Minwax stain is the easiest to use and it looks good as well but I have used McCloskey tungseal stain and have been pleased with the look as well. I have used various differnt finishes from oil based urethane, water based urethane and shellac. I like the look and finish of the shellac piece the best of all. All of these products will give very good directions on the steps to follow once your stain is on the wood.

Now for the paint.

You will To prime any knots with shellac to keep them from bleeding through the finish paint later on down the road and you can get the shellac in a spray can to hit the knots and it can be the clear or pigmented type. Then you will want to prime the entire piece with an oil based undercoater and once dry sand to smooth the surface as the grain will be raised from the undercoater. The finish paint can be either an oil based or acrylic enamel and you should apply two coats of finish over the undercoater. There are good and bad points to both the finish paints. The oil based will dry harder and take more abuse but it will yellow over time and if it does get nicked it is hard to touch up because of the yellowing. The acrylic will not yellow and can be touched up easily, but don't worry as it will take a fair amount of abuse even though it is not as hard as the oil. I have used acrylic on a vanity in the bathroom and it has held up well and it has been on there for a couple of years or more.

Hope this helps out.
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