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September 2012
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Prep tips before you paint or stain

Spending quality time on finishing a project is just as important as building one.
When that moment to pull out the paint brush and dive in arrives, here are some tips to make it a little “smoother”.


Finishing risers
An inexpensive way to prop up large panels or doors and avoid the mess of working directly on your bench is to use carpet tack strips nailed to lengths of common 2x2s. The sharp points of the tack strips don’t mar the work piece, whether it’s still bare wood or the freshly applied finish. Wait for the finish to dry on one side, and then flip the door or drawer front over to finish the other side. You can purchase carpet tack strips at any home center that sells carpet. With nails included, the tack strips come ready to attach to the 2x2s. Once they’re nailed together, the risers can be laid anywhere there’s room for them. This way, the finish can dry, but the parts won’t be in the way in the process.

Finishing Risers

Rescuing a Brush
Nobody is perfect. Brushes easily can be forgotten when admiring a finished project. Those dried, paint-covered brushes can be saved. Start by letting the brush soak in mild paint stripper. After an hour or two, use a brush comb to separate the bristles and work the stripper deeper into the brush. Alternate soaking and combing until the finish is loosened and the bristles are pliable. Then, rinse the brush in lacquer thinner before washing it with soap and water and wrapping it to dry.

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Removing Dents with Steam

Water Drop
Drop Water in a Dent.

Shallow surface dents often can be lifted with steam. Start by wetting the affected area.

Steam It
Steam It.

Place a dampened cloth over the surface, and then apply a hot iron to force steam into the wood fibers.

See the Results
See the Results.

Steam created by the hot iron causes the compressed fibers to swell back into shape.


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