How To Treat Wood

Untreated wood

Rot, insects, and moisture threaten the integrity of wood. Lumber yards regularly treat wood to protect it from these vulnerabilities, but you can also treat wood at home.  In this article, you’ll learn the best methods for protecting wood, no matter how you’re using it or what you need to protect against. We’ll teach you …

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How To Remove Solid Stain From a Wood Deck

Stained wood deck

Solid stains are used on wood decks to protect them, while also adding color to the wood. With time and exposure to the elements, these stains inevitably degrade. When it’s time to refinish your wooden deck, read this article to learn how to remove every trace of solid stain. Removing Solid Stain From Wood Decking …

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How To Thin Polyurethane

Paint thinner cans and wood stain products

Polyurethane that is too thick won’t spread well. It also takes a long time to cure and leaves behind unsightly bubbles and wrinkles. We’ll explain when you should thin polyurethane, and when it’s better to leave it as is. You’ll also learn what can be used to thin polyurethane, and get step by step instructions …

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How To Sand Polyurethane

Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane cans

Polyurethane is a layered finish that is applied in multiple coats. Sanding between coats promotes adhesion and a smooth finish. In this article, learn how to sand polyurethane between coats, how to prepare wood to receive polyurethane through sanding, and whether or not to sand your final coat of poly.  Sanding Wood to Prepare for …

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How To Varnish Wood

Man applying varnish on a piece of wood

Varnish is a liquid finish that cures to a hard gloss. It is naturally transparent, though some varieties have an amber glow. Varnish is used to protect and seal wood furniture, objects, and constructions, and to enhance the natural grain of the wood. In this article, you will learn how to choose the right varnish …

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How To Remove Varnish From Wood

Varnish removed from a wooden table

There are three different methods for removing varnish from wood: using sandpaper, a heat gun, or varnish stripper. It will also cover how to tell if wood was finished with lacquer, varnish, or shellac.  Removing Varnish From Wood With Varnish Stripper Using varnish stripper is the most effective method for taking varnish off of wood. …

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How to Get a Smooth Lacquer Finish

Man spraying lacquer on wooden chair

Lacquer is a quick-drying, non-curing finish. It dries quickly, making it easy to build up multiple coats in a short period of time. If you work carefully with the right supplies you can easily build a smooth lacquer finish on any workpiece. Read this article to find out how.  How to Apply Lacquer with a …

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How to Remove Shellac From Wood

Wooden table without shellac finish

Shellac had its heyday as a finishing material prior to the 1920s. This hard, shiny, clear finish makes wood gleam. If you want to change the finish on a piece of wood, or the shellac has degraded and needs to be replaced, follow the steps in this article to achieve your goal.  We’ll start by …

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How to Remove Lacquer from Brass

Brass furnishings

Brass is a shiny metal will a beautiful appearance, and has long been valued for its hardness and exceptional malleability. This material is used to create many different items for household use, such as jewelry, vases and statues, or kitchen and bathroom taps. Many antique items made of brass are still in circulation today.  In …

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How to Get Polyurethane Off Your Hands

Hand holding a can of polyurethane

No matter how careful you are when applying polyurethane-based finishes, it’s likely that you’ll get some on your hands or skin. There’s no need to panic if this happens, but it would be best to clean the polyurethane off as quickly as possible. First dissolve the chemical, then clean it off quickly and thoroughly, using …

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How to Stain and Finish Plywood for Woodworking Projects

how to stain plywood

Plywood is one of the most versatile and cost-effective building materials, and as a result, it is also one of the most popular. So many home DIY projects involve the use of this type of wood, and in order to give it a finished look, most turn to stain. We have put together a comprehensive …

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How to Apply Shellac

Shellac pieces on a table

Shellac is a non-toxic, quick-drying liquid. Woodworkers have been using it since the 19th century to solve a variety of woodworking problems. There are two methods for applying shellac to wood. This article will teach you which method to choose for your project and give you step-by-step instructions for applying shellac.  What Is Shellac?  Shellac …

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