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Gooey build up on sandpaper when sanding

Wood won't clog sandpaper that fast, so it has to be the finish, dirt/soil or a combination of both. Paint thinner or mineral spirits usually work well to get dirt and grease off of wood, and wont ...
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Is an orbit sander preferable over a belt sander for tabletops?

Because of the different motions, a belt sander could cause a deeper "line" where the edge of the belt hits the wood, since you can only go back and forth with it, certainly not optimal. With an ...
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Remove cured Danish oil from tiles

So oil managed to penetrate your porous surface. You've tried all the methods to pull it out c to no avail and now you fear the entire material needs to be replaced. Fear not... there is a way to ...
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Remove cured Danish oil from tiles

Been looking for a remedy for some time now, bought the regular formulas from the usual DIY Retail Stores and nothing worked. I remembered my Father worked down the pit (Coal mine) and his go-to ...
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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

My dad used to make clocks and belt buckles with paper images on them. He sealed them with either spray or brush on polyurethane, which has held up to wear, water, and moderate heat & cold for ...
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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

Epoxy. I looked for, but could not find, a link to the special electrical fibre glass- it's aluminum oxide instead of silicon dioxide, made in a finer grid, and is practically transparent when soaked ...
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Can I recoat my floor's matte finish with a satin sheen product?

Can I add a coat of satin...? YES You will need to lightly sand the surface and thoroughly clean it, then add one or more additional coats of a compatible product that has the level of gloss you ...
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Treating old cedar?

Both cedar and redwood last for many years, redwood longer, soap scrum , chlorine and many other chemicals really are not a problem. I have replaced septic tanks that were both Cedar and redwood that ...
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what would happen if I don't put a finish on my new computer desk?

Nothing disastrous will happen if you don't finish your desk top. I see lots of old unfinished work bench tops and shelves at work, they are not pretty like old furniture but they're still working ...
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Is an orbit sander preferable over a belt sander for tabletops?

I would NEVER use a belt sander for finish work especially with polyurethane. Can it be done , not with 220 grit and possibly not even with 400 grit. Belt Sanders rip a line with each grain of the ...
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How to correct blotchy brush marks on stained wood?

The stain IS uneven and that is because the underlying softwood was stained using dark pigmented stains made to be almost a paint in pigment particle size and intensity. They may have even thinned out ...
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Fixing a old wood wall

In my opinion, I would put the wall back as it was. Part of the whole charm of the barn look is the roughness, textures, cracks etc., the things that sounds like you want to fix. Even if you could get ...
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How and when to finish a Cedar or redwood fence?

Even if you treat before install and get all sides, later down you will have to just treat the visible portion, unless you plan to pull the fence down and retreat then put back up....in my opinion, ...
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How to find a deck sealant that is compatible with some old sealant that I can't find anymore

According to your link, they sell this strictly at Lowes in Canada. I'm assuming you're not Canadian as you're using the .com instead of the .ca link for Lowes: https://www.lowes.ca/exterior-stain/...
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Remove cured Danish oil from tiles

I had the same problem and remembered my late father-in-law who would use wadding polish such as Braso or Silvo for anything like this - or sticky marks. They have the added advantage that the ...
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