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What is a good recipe for clear paste wax (oil wax) finish?

Can someone share a recipe for a clear (non-yellowing) oil wax wood finish? I’ve made paste wax from 1 part wax to 4 parts boiled linseed oil before but I’d like an option that doesn’t change the ...
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"touching up" a hardwood floor

We have hardwood floors and I'm unsure how they were finished. I tested by rubbing acetone on them and nothing came up. According to internet sources that may be an oil based polyurethane. But the ...
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Finishing for a bread bin

I have a wooden bread bin, with the bottom (floor) bit being a 3.6mm plywood. The rest of the build is solid wood, 12mm thickness. The bin was dropped at one point and the bottom of it cracked; the ...
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What clear product for sealing an exterior stained door

I have a light-colored oak exterior door which I have stained. I have realized I need to seal it somehow. In reading what would make sense for sealing a stained exterior door, I came across marine ...
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Refinishing stained wooden doors

A little while ago I had a contractor doing building and decoration work. As part of the decoration, they managed to apply the wrong colour wood stain to door frames, doors and skirting boards. ...
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Water based polyurethane over water based wood stain

I made myself a small desk out of pine plywood and square tubing. I stained the pine with water based stain, then applied several coats of clear, water based polyurethane. The last coat was applied at ...
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Fix hardwood floor finish damaged by ironing carpet?

I did a boneheaded thing. I used medium heat iron over a damp rag to iron out some creases/curl from a couple of wool carpets, and damaged the PU finish on my floor. How to fix this - any special ...
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What kind of finish to use on particle board for a shoe rack? [closed]

I am repurposing a piece of particle board from a kitchen island to add another level to our shoe rack. I wanted to know what type of paint would work well to seal it from dirt and moisture. I don’t ...
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What finish type is most often used for furniture drawer interiors?

I recently completed building a cabinet drawer to convert a free standing vanity into a dresser. I'm aware that drawer interiors are often left unfinished, but it's quite humid where I live and I ...
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Yakisugi (burning) pressure treated wood?

Can you finish pressure treated wood with fire if it's treated with Alkaline Copper Quaternary (ACQ) Copper Azole (CA-B) With a technique like Yakisugi / shou sugi ban? Will these interfere with the ...
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Dark hardwood floor stain [closed]

More of a general question regarding floor staining. We are removing the carpet to expose and use the hardwood floors. Floor boards are in good condition, and already have a finish. Some old paint ...
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Butchers Block Finishes

I recently purchased a Beech butchers block from homedepot to use as my standing desk surface. I am trying to understand how to finish it. I've read through a some articles and watched a couple of ...
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Gooey build up on sandpaper when sanding

just started my first DIY project of finishing my 3 year old IKEA Gerton Beech Wooden table top. I have been using this as my computer table and it has become very dirty so I thought I'll use this ...
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How do I get a finish on wood that's as bright as when the polyurethane is fresh?

When I put the poly on, the wood (stained cherry) looks amazingly bright, with depth of color. After it dries, it looks dull. Is there a top coat I can put on to make it bright like when it is wet? ...
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Removing an unkown wood stain

So I purchased a new desk last weekend, and it needs a bit of restoration before I can use it. I would estimate it to be around 80-100 years old (but could be older). I am fairly sure the finish ...
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What material can I put on my wood kitchen island to make the surface smooth and waterproof?

We have this relatively low cost high top dining table that we've turned into our kitchen island. It's been working out great so far but the tables surface is ridged and has a lot of divots that don't ...
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Which varnish to choose for a first time job (desk)?

I am building desks for my children: a wooden slab on a standing desk frame. The wooden slab is 160 x 80 x 2 cm and is made of smaller pieces of oak (probably) glued together. They form a nice flat ...
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Can I recoat my floor's matte finish with a satin sheen product?

I had my floors refinished in a water based Matte sheen. They have no life. Can I add a coat of satin to at least give them a little shine?
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Oil on wood table

in attempts to remove canola oil stains from leaving leaking bottles on the table, I made a solution of water vinegar and baking soda. Unfortunately now, the area I was scrubbing is white from the ...
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How do I fix or finish a partially sanded wood floor

In my home office (it was a bedroom before and will be one in the future) I have a wooden floor (not laminate) and I have an office chair with plastic wheels on it. Over a number of years these ...
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Paint Exterior Door that is in Sun

I have a Mahogany door that costs me about $700/year to keep it stained and covered in urethane. It is in direct sun and just takes a beating. I don't want to put a storm door on it because the ...
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Oak floor boards - getting an even finish with Polyx Oil

I’m using Polyx Oil hard wax finish on a new oak floor. The boards are grade A2 or B French oak, and I’ve used 2 part filler (Ronseal, “natural” colour) to fill splits, knots and some areas of uneven ...
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Finish plywood for closet organizer

I am building a closet organizer using plywood. I want to put a clear finish over the plywood to protect it. I am going with either Shellac or Water-based Polyurethane to avoid the nasty smell. I ...
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What finish could be applied to a wood project with paper on top to seal and preserve the paper without discoloration or damage

The goal is to finish a handmade box (slightly curved top and bottom) with hinged lid covered with stamps. Without getting into the yak shaving of stamp adhesives, is there a material that can be used ...
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Ventilation when using water-based stain & finish

With oil-based stains and finishes, reading SDS safety sheets makes it clear that safely using the products requires nitrile gloves, serious ventilation, and a respirator that can handle VOCs. With ...
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Switch Between Paint and Sealer for Sprayer

I have a Graco Magnum x9 airless paint sprayer. I have only used it for latex paint. I am planning to refinish my deck this spring with a sealer of some sort. Can I switch back and forth between type ...
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Help identify wood & stain for tongue & groove + beam cabin ceiling popular in Poconos (and possibly other woodsy areas)

I have cathedral popcorn ceilings in my house and am looking to reproduce a tongue & groove + beam type ceiling that is/was very popular in a lot of chalet type houses in the Pocono mountains (and ...
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Wax to finish and smooth out dining tabletop with deep gouges

I have an old wood dining table which I would like to sand down and refinish. Unfortunately it has many deep gouges in it. I am hoping that there is some sort of wax finish that I can use that can ...
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How can I fix dark floor stain absorption without starting over?

I stained red ok floor in 1935 house with jacobean. There were swirls in an area so thought I would orbital sand them away and just restain. Now it is very obvious ...i have sanded back with belt ...
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How can I handle dry-looking areas in the table I'm refinishing?

I've stripped and sanded my dining room table, and have put down 5 coats of minwax gloss one step (classic oak color) lightly sanding between coats. The problem I'm having is that there are small ...
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Can hand-rub poly be poured (in drops) then spread?

The last time I applied polyurethane, I chose a variety called "diamond something or other". It turned out that the diamond variety dries so quickly that if I apply a brush stroke one way and then ...
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How do I avoid a rough surface after applying polyurethane

I've looked at other answers to this question but still have a problem. Application of multiple thin coats is always recommended but the only way I can get a thin coat uniform over a large piece is by ...
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In what way does varnish protect wood?

When researching wood finishes, I often see that varnish is attributed with the ability to "protect" wood. In what way does varnish protect wood? From scratching? From fading? From moisture? From ...
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Does tung oil odor last as long as linseed oil odor?

One week after two applications of linseed oil on a desk tabletop, followed by rubbing and wiping, the odor still fills the room, despite reasonable ventilation. It's not particularly unpleasant, but ...
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Recipe for Limewash or Whitewash

I'm curious if anyone on here has a recipe to create limewash/whitewash for indoor use on wood? I will be making a kitchen back splash (actually, the whole wall behind the sink/countertop) out of ...
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How can I blend sanded cedar into the surrounding darker wood with a polyurethane finish?

I applied unfinished cedar tongue and groove wood, to my ceiling and I applied one coat of minwax fast drying clear polyurethane to it. I noticed that one of the sections turned a light grey and ...
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Why (if at all) is finish paint necessary on interior wood surfaces?

I have a couple of doors that stick in an old home. They stick even worse when occupants hang coat racks or mirrors over the door. The doors, like the home, are old and have plenty of character, i.e. ...
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Tacky Danish oil surface on stained Tasmanian Oak

I'm a newbie to woodwork and surprised myself by successfully creating an even Black Japan stain on some Tasmanian Oak. I then decided to finish it with Danish Oil. Somehow I arrived at the decision ...
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What is the proper procedure to apply multiple coats of Polyurethane?

Polyurethane is confusing me. ;) I'm finishing a table top with polyurethane. I've sanded down the original finish to bare wood down to 220 grit paper. I vacuumed and wiped it all down, then did a ...
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Raw linseed oil on counter top: drying time?

I have a new pine countertop that I'd like to match some existing pine kitchen surfaces nearby. The previous owners of my house finished the existing counters with raw linseed oil, so I decided to ...
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Repair espresso stained oak furniture

One of those kids glow in the dark bracelets leaked overnight onto our nightstand and it dissolved the finish. I sanded it down to what I thought was bare wood, but the new stain is not taking very ...
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Does it make sense to apply a (Minwax) wax paste on top of a polyurethane/stain finish?

I have just finished a piece of wood that I intend to use as a writing/work desk with a polyurethane stain. I've seen some talk of it possibly being a good idea to apply a coat of rub-on paste wax on ...
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Is this red oak or white oak hardwood flooring?

I am planning to change a room that has laminate flooring to a room that has 3/4" hardwood flooring. The rest of the adjacent rooms and hallways all have hardwood flooring 3/4". Initially I planned ...
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How to I apply a 'standard clearcoat 30 sheen' to some unfinished hard maple

I have some hard maple stair tread which according to the manufacturer has a 'standard clearcoat 30 sheen'. I also have the stair risers, also hard maple, but that are unfinished. I wish to apply an ...
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What is this exterior wood finish?

We (our local athletic association) bought a pre-built building, but we had to relocate one of the doors. We replaced the panel with a matching piece, but we're not sure how to finish it so that it ...
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Is mixing shellac from flakes generally considered more cost effective than buy commercial stuff?

I know it depends on the market I am buying in and the cost of the various components. I've made a few items from mdf with shellac finish lately and I really like the way it works (clothes storage in ...
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Wax over Shellac Wood Floor: Over waxed

I have a shellac'd** floor with a protective wax coat. The lightest traffic leaves smudges and marks. I buff it, and it looks great, until the next traffic comes up. I tried paint thinner to remove ...
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Water based clear protective finish coarse first coat

I have already sanded about 600 sq/ft of white oak flooring that now feels very smooth. I applied a Minmax water based clear protective satin finish on a small area, with a roll. Maybe it's because it ...
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How soon can we stain a freshly-sanded deck after it got drenched in the rain?

My family and I are refinishing our deck. We live in area with wild weather so, even though it called for a week of sun, immediately after finishing sanding our deck (to a very beautiful underneath) ...
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Matte finish for a pine desk?

I recently bought a pine tabletop from Ikea, unfinished but for a very thin layer of their BEHANDLA oil (which I think is just boiled linseed oil). It's going to be used as an office desk. I bought a ...