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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How to Apply Polyurethane

Man about to use a spray can to apply polyurethane

Polyurethane is a sealant that protects wood from water, oil, grease, and heat.  When applied, it lends a shiny appearance to the surface of the material. Sealing and protecting with polyurethane is a means of protecting the longevity of wood, as well as beautifying it.  The protection offered by polyurethane is only as good as …

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How to Apply Spar Varnish

Rust-Oleum Spar Varnish Can

Originally developed for use on boats, ‘spar varnish’ now refers generally to any clear outdoor varnish. This article explains when, why, and how to use spar varnish on your next project. After reading, you’ll be ready to protect wood for use outside with a gorgeous and durable spar varnish finish. Why Should I Apply Spar …

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How to Apply Varnish

Freshly applied varnish on a piece of wood

Varnish is notoriously difficult to apply, but when done correctly, provides a beautiful and long-lasting finish. In this article, we’ll not only cover the different kinds of varnish, but also give you step-by-step instructions on how to apply it for the best results. We’ll also review the differences between shellac, varnish, and lacquer.  What Type …

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How to Clean Polyurethane Off A Brush

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A high-quality finishing brush, like the kind used to apply polyurethane, can cost close to $50. Brushes like this that are properly cleaned and well cared for can last up to 20 years. In this article, we’ll teach you how and why to clean and care for your brushes.  Cleaning a Polyurethane-coated Brush Before starting, check …

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Polycrylic vs Polyurethane: What Are the Differences and When to Use Each

What's the difference between polycrylic vs polyurethane

Both polyurethane and polycrylic give your wood piece a shiny appearance, add to durability and help it to resist damage. Knowing the difference between polycrylic and polyurethane is essential to picking which finisher is the best for your project. This polycrylic vs polyurethane review will help you understand the differences between the two coatings to …

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Ultimate Guide to Wood Finishes

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It can be a headache to discern which finish to use, especially if you’re not a seasoned wood worker and don’t even know what to ask. There are quite a few contenders on the market, which offer varying degrees of protection, durability, aesthetic, and ease of application. This guide will get into the nitty gritty …

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How Long Does Primer Take to Dry

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​​Skipping the primer​​ shouldn’t be an option. This important base coat is not only useful when you are going from dark to light but also helps your new paint of any color adhere to the surface better, especially for textured materials like a faux brick wall or your deck in the patio. You certainly want …

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Oil vs Water Based Polyurethane

Flooring that has an oil based polyurethane

Polyurethane is a common protectant to use on wood floors. You can use water and oil-based polyurethane to give your floors a shiny, glossy look. Polyurethane creates a protective coating that reduces damage like scratches, scuffs, and dents, so your floors don’t show wear and tear signs. It can also help waterproof your foundations, so …

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Epoxy vs Polyurethane

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Epoxy and polyurethane are high-performance resins used for coating concrete and metal. Polyurethane and epoxy are resins that form a durable, waterproof coating. Although they both create a glossy look, they are not the same. In this article, we compare epoxy vs polyurethane, the different types, and uses. Epoxy Coatings and Finishes Epoxy is surface …

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How to Remove Lacquer From Wood

Man removing lacquer from wood

Do you want to remove lacquer finish from a piece of wood so you can repair, restore or refinish it? We prepared this guide just for you. We did some research and came up with several reliable methods on how to remove lacquer from wood. How to Remove Lacquer From Wood We will look at …

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