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Which solvents can be stored in which plastics? -- is there an organic chemist in the house?

A quick google search found me this website, which has a nifty compatibility chart that I've attached below. Cole-Parmer has a very comprehensive compatibility chart for many solvents (organic or ...
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How do I achieve a "piano black" high gloss finish on wood?

I think the link in LeeG's reply covers all the necessary steps but just to have it spelled out here. Good surface prep is very important, imperfections 'telegraph' through paint very easily so the ...
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How do I achieve a "piano black" high gloss finish on wood?

I have used this guy's technique before and it works great. Basically, you apply very thin coats, then sand to about 400 grit, and after that, do wet sanding to about 2000 grit, and then switch to ...
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Can you use painted wood in a planer without damaging the tool?

Assuming that it isn't lead-based, I would probably tend to use an old set of blades if you have them. Some of that paint was incredible. I would recommend running all of the boards through on an ...
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Making removable marks on walls for e.g. cabinet installation

When I don't want to make messy marks, it's blue painter's tape all the way. (There are various options, in terms of how long you can leave it on. Just remember to peel it in time.)
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What steps should I follow to properly paint MDF?

Sanding?, priming?, painting?, other? break sharp corners: Sharp outside corners are easily damaged, and they don't hold paint as well as not-so-sharp corners. You can "break" the corners with a ...
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How can I create a wood-like pattern in white-painted furniture?

What you want is called a "wood graining tool": The basic idea is to use a darker color stain on top of a lighter color. You rock the tool back and forth to create the knot look of real wood grain. ...
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Dealing with knots "bleeding" through paint

Shellac primer is the way to go maybe more than one coat and you should allow it to cure, which is different than drying. I use spray cans of this: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Zinsser-1-qt-B-I-N-...
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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? If you're asking whether you will only see a flat, smooth base below the paint (like ...
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How to make a small repair to a piano?

This sort of repair is doable, but fair warning, getting a truly seamless repair is challenging to extremely difficult (read: nearly impossible without experience). the same black satin look. First ...
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How do I properly care for my paintbrushes?

Cleaning starts before you use them. Get the brush fully wet with whatever solvent your finish requires (water, mineral spirits, etc). This will help prevent finish from drawing up into the tang of ...
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Efficient paint removal from rough sawn wood

When we stripped the paint in my house growing up we used a heat gun and paint scrapers. It was tedious but fairly effective.
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How do I properly care for my paintbrushes?

TL;DR warning. Rinsing is, usually, only the first step in brush cleaning. Many paints and varnishes will state on the label that brushes should be washed after use and if this advice is followed ...
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Efficient paint removal from rough sawn wood

I think your best bet would be to use dry ice blaster. It is sort of like sand blasting, but the way the dry ice works is it will destroy the paint and evaporate into CO2 before it will harm the sub-...
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What are the techniques to seal or remove sap?

This is actually a very common occurrence in woods like pine and fir. Many would suggest that you do not use these woods for reasons just like this one. If you persist then heat is the solution. Note: ...
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Removing Paint from Rough/Coarse Surfaced Beams

They have been painted though and I'm looking for a method to remove the paint, and let the natural wood stand out instead. I live in an apartment building that used to be a large furniture factory. ...
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Painting a built in bookcase?

What type of water based paint makes the most sense for durability and ease of application? (Acrylic? Latex? Waterborne Enamel? Waterborne alkyds? Something else?) Yes. Sorry, couldn't resist. The ...
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Remove white paint from old wood fence

If you're starting from scratch without question the most inexpensive way to remove old paint (most finishes in fact) is using a scraper of some sort. Scrapers generally last you the rest of your life,...
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What steps should I follow to properly paint MDF?

There should not be much to this. One of the main advantages of MDF is that it is paint ready. There are still some things you need to consider where the drawbacks of MDF come into play. Rob brings ...
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Can you use painted wood in a planer without damaging the tool?

I've found that pickling agents and scraper are a really ugly matter (and probably unhealthy even though nowadays it says "bio" on the label) and success is, well, mildly impressive. It's more ...
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How to achieve a nice wooden like pattern with a white wash look?

I'm not certain what look you're after exactly without a pic as guidance but I'll suggest a couple of alternatives. Note: in both of the suggested approaches below the filled areas will become visible....
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Long term, what happens if I paint wet wood?

A paint chemist might have a cow over my answer, but I will give it a try. Regardless of what finish you put on the wood, the surface must be dry. In order to bond with the wood, the finish must ...
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Long term, what happens if I paint wet wood?

The usual advice from the lumber yard is to wait a year before painting pressure treated wood. It's really CMA advice which assures that the wood will be ready to paint and avoid the pitfalls of ...
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Identifying Paint Type on Finished Furniture

Do these photos and observations provide enough information to identify the type of paint (Acrylic, Oil, etc.)? If so, what is it? If not, how do I acquire the other information needed? I'm afraid ...
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Why applying a high gloss Acrylic Clear Coat on our oil-based wood stain has created an inconsistent topcoat

There are multiple reasons this sort of thing can happen, one of the major ones being some inconsistency in the spraying (e.g. changes in angle or distance) or spraying from slightly too far away (...
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How do I achieve a "piano black" high gloss finish on wood?

It seems nobody bothered to mention French Polish. Sigh. That is the standard piano finish for quality pianos, period. French polish is a series of steps that fills and smooths surfaces using ...
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Can you use painted wood in a planer without damaging the tool?

I've sent painted wood through my surface planer and did not notice any particular dulling effect. This was typical interior latex paint; perhaps another type might behave differently. I suspect ...
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What are the techniques to seal or remove sap?

It is said (by Bob Flexner in his book "Understanding Wood Finishes") that shellac is the best overall sealer. It can also be used between any two other finishes to prevent them from reacting with ...
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Can you use painted wood in a planer without damaging the tool?

I only have one set of knives for my current planer and will soon be installing a helical head. I know a lot of people switch to an old set of knives to clean off paint, but I've also thought about ...
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