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Characteristics and application of opaque finishes.

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How do I achieve a “piano black” high gloss finish on wood?

I'm building some speaker cabinets for my living room out of MDF. I'm wondering how to achieve that "high gloss" / "piano black" look, like on B&W speakers or, well, black pianos... Any ideas? I'...
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How do I properly care for my paintbrushes?

I have been diligently cleaning my paintbrushes after use by rinsing them in the recommended solvent (in this case mineral turpentine). Nonetheless, this last time my paintbrush hardened into a solid ...
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Dealing with knots “bleeding” through paint

I'm sure that people have seen this where you would be painting something white or lightish colour only to have the resin from the knots bleed through paint sometime later. Similar to what you see in ...
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Which solvents can be stored in which plastics? — is there an organic chemist in the house?

Now that coffee cans, and even larger glass bottles, are becoming hard to find, my workshop's pile of containers is mostly plastic. This has me wondering/worrying about which plastics might be ...
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Can you use painted wood in a planer without damaging the tool?

I am about to inherit some all-wood bookcases that are about an inch and a half thick. They have at least one ugly coat of paint on them. Stripping it would not be worth the effort and I would think a ...
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Efficient paint removal from rough sawn wood

I have some rough sawn timbers in my house that were painted over by the previous owner of the house1. I believe the timbers are a softer wood like fir as they are more decorative than structural. ...
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Will painting the edges of plywood hide the layers?

If I paint the edges of an oak plywood sheet, will it hide the layers well enough to not show through the paint?
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What steps should I follow to properly paint MDF?

I am building a laundry basket out of MDF. I need to paint it. How should I proceed once the basket is glued together? (Sanding?, priming?, painting?, other?)
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What do I need to know before I lacquer a custom painted guitar body?

I have a stratocaster body that a friend of mine has painted, I know I need to lacquer it before I do anything else, like sorting out the electrics etc. I'm just unsure what lacquer to use so that I ...
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What are the techniques to seal or remove sap?

For starters this is not green-wood. I have been cutting up some 2x4 into small blocks for painting and decoration. The block were cut and then sanded. About 3 days later I had the time to paint them....
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Letting the under-paint show through

I have an old painted wooden bench that I want to refinish. The existing paint, dark blue with some toll-work flowers, is firmly on (no chipping or flaking) but faded and rubbed through in many places....
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Long term, what happens if I paint wet wood?

If I paint wood, for outdoor use, while it is still very wet, what problems can I expect in the long run (2-3 years)? In my specific case, I have pressure treated outdoor lumber (fir), which I ...
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Removing Paint from Rough/Coarse Surfaced Beams

We are about to move into a new house, that has some very nice coarse/rough beams on the interior (A lot of them). They have been painted though, and I'm looking for a method to remove the paint, and ...
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Remove white paint from old wood fence

I used some reclaimed wood from a ~12 year old fence to build the top of a farm table. The paint on the fence is white, faded, and powdery. If you pick up a board it dusts up your hands a lot. What ...
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Making removable marks on walls for e.g. cabinet installation

I'm building and installing various cabinets and shelving units around the house, and when it's time to install them, knowing the exact stud and cross-bracing locations is very helpful. I have an ...
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How to make a small repair to a piano?

I droped a small lamp in a piano and the corner got chipped. I need to fill the hole and give it the same black satin look. How can I make this repair?
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Removing silicone lubricant spray from painted timber finished with water-based paint

I make windows and doors, and a great way to make sure that they open and close smoothly is to use silicone lubricant spray on the rubber weatherseals. While silicone lube is fine to use on painted ...
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How can I create a wood-like pattern in white-painted furniture?

I have some furniture painted in white. I would now like to paint, on top of the current color, a wooden like pattern. Which technique can I use to achieve this?
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What type of paint would be suitable in terms of durability?

I'm looking for a type of paint that I can use on a small children's desk. The desk is a simple round design with 4 legs. I would like to use a paint that can take a beating. I was thinking of using ...
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Painting a built in bookcase?

I'm building a large built-in bookcase system for a home office (floor to ceiling). The bookcase is black walnut plywood with poplar trim and a 1/8" tempered hardboard backing. Bookcase will be ...
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Painting a kid's bed frame

I'm going to be building a bed frame for my daughter and would like to paint it. I want the finish to be durable (no chipping, and be able take some abuse from toys being hit against it), so am ...
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How to find replacement body paint for Record #07 handplane

Question I'm restoring a Record #07 hand plane (see Images section below). I plan to use electrolysis to clean the rust out of the nooks and crannies, and I suspect doing so might also attack the ...
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Longterm protection for outdoor painted bird feeder (bird safe & environmentally friendly)?

I'm custom building some bird feeders which will be sold for a charity. They need to be safe for birds, look decent for a while, preferably be environmentally friendly. 1) What are my options for ...
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Painting dark MDF Cabinet White

I'm trying to decide if my wife and I should buy some furniture new or buy an old piece and repaint it. It's basically a large dresser + hutch (made of MDF) and is currently dark brown (we want to ...
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Drill holes for bookshelves before or after paint?

I am building a set of built in bookshelves with floating shelves set on pins. The bookshelves will be painted, so I'm assuming 1 coat of primer and 2 coats of finish. Should I drill the holes for ...
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Finish after using chalk paint

I am making a pallet style table. I am going to be using home made chalk paint that is a mixture of latex and drywall mud/compound. Now, on the advice on several websites and my friend you cannot ...
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Finish for hand painted/lettered wood sign

I've just started cutting, sanding, and staining premium pine craft wood from Lowe's to make my hand painted signs. I do hand lettering and use water based acrylic paint pens and sometimes gel pens. I ...
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Should I use solid color wood stain or paint for my project?

I know questions based on opinion are not too welcomed here and I'm trying to avoid making this look like one. My situation is this: I'm building a piece of outdoor patio furniture. For part of that ...
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Do I need to sand, condition, prime etc and what paint and stain is best to finish my Armoire?

I am new to woodworking and paint finishes and have been trying to find the most cost- and time-effective way to redo this piece but also give stunning results. It has a yellowed pine finish and I am ...
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When it comes to removing multiple layers of paint from a flat surface what are my options?

I am going to be getting some old bookshelves that are likely made from 2x10 pine. I really want to use those for building a workbench top. So I am going to be cutting them up. Since they were ...
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Difficulty level in restoring wood bench?

For a while I've been looking for someone to restore the furniture in the picture. Without the caning, the cheapest I found was $350. They would take the furniture apart, sand and repaint, and then ...
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Identifying Paint Type on Finished Furniture

I recently acquired a wooden table with a high-gloss painted surface. In moving it, I scratched one edge. I am hoping to repair the damage (hopefully without repainting the whole table) and then ...
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How to achieve a nice wooden like pattern with a white wash look?

I have some old furniture that I recovered a while ago. It had some missing parts (holes, etc) that I filled with white repair product. I than painted it solid white. I now want to change it. I ...
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How do I prevent knots in a pine wood bead board panel from bleeding through paint?

I want to paint a knotty pine panel and saw a recommendation to use two-part epoxy marine paint as primer so the knots would not bleed though the paint as few years later. Do I use the marine primer ...
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Linseed oil finish over spraypaint

I'm want to paint my project with a very light coat of spraypaint, without grain filler so that the wood grain is still visible. I've seen a linseed oil finish on bare wood, and after 10 or 15 thin ...
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Does water-based polyurethane affect paint color?

I recently painted a dresser. I originally painted it a darker gray than I wanted so after putting the initial two coats on I took the paint back to Home Depot and had them lighten the rest of the ...
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How to be confirm removal of glue residues?

I have some loudspeakers with the front panel made of MDF, on which a matte plastic foil was attached. After 15 years the glue is ineffective and the plastic shrunk, so I would like to remove it ...
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Painting the edges of a cutout (inner and outer edges)

Is there a special technique that anyone can recommend for painting inner and outer edges of a cutout (say, from a jigsaw or something). I've thrown together an example in Tinkercad: I'm planning on ...
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Painting & finishing Baltic Birch [duplicate]

I've started a DIY speaker project based on some components from PureAudioProjects. So far, I have fabricated modular speaker baffles from Baltic Birch (they attach to a frame, albeit a bit different ...
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I accidentally removed some paint from my child's toy with surgical spirits while disinfecting it, what went wrong?

So during the coronavirus pandemic I have been spraying any package contents I receive with 80% surgical spirit if it is plastic and nonedible. Today my daughter received a couple of new toys in the ...
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Getting pine to look like this

I have some retro style furniture made out of pine, and need to get it to the color of the table in the picture. At first glance, it looks like some kind of oil over varnish, but can't figure it out. ...
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Painted board coated with shellac

My painted board has 2 coats of shellac & has dried for 2 days. But when I place a piece of décor on it, it leaves a mark.
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Refinishing an “antique” storm door

I recognize that this may be more appropriate for DIY, but what I'm doing hies pretty closely to classic woodworking, so let's give it a try. I've read a few Q&A related to refinishing wooden ...
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Removing spots of tempera paint from rough sawn cedar board ceiling

I've read the thread on removing paint from rough sawn wood but it doesn't exactly address my situation. My daughter painted some designs on the ceiling of her room with some kind of tempera-based (I ...
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Can I salvage a paint brush with dried polyurethane on the bristles? [duplicate]

I bought a nice Wooster Pro nylon brush to use for applying water-based polyurethane to some projects. After the last application, I forgot to wash the brush and it has since dried and hardened. I can ...
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How do I fix a new douglas fir tongue and groove exterior floor that is oozing sap?

I've just had installed a new Douglas Fir tongue and groove porch floor - the porch is covered but will still get some rain. The flooring already has two coats of Woodlife Classic and I will be ...
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Durable clear finish over lettering on natural background

I am making a skittles board with b2 birch plywood. For those that don't know, this is not a candy server - it is a tabletop game somewhat like a combination of bowling, shuffleboard and top spinning....
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Do I need to use epoxy primer on fiberglass/epoxy before painting?

I am building a stitch&glue plywood boat that is coated with fiberglass and epoxy on the outside. I am trying to determine whenever I need to add epoxy primer on top of the epoxy coat before ...
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How would you create a high gloss finish on furniture? [duplicate]

From a smooth lacquered finish like this: To a high gloss like this: How would I get create a finish like the picture above when starting with a smooth lacquer finished piece of furniture (i.e. IKEA ...
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Painting cabinet doors

I'm going to paint my MDF kitchen cabinet doors and want a professional finish. I'm testing on some MDF offcuts to perfect the finish. I have used a paint sprayer using Dulux satinwood, finish does ...