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Old 09-25-2015, 03:43 PM   #21
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It's all fun and games until all these pictures show up on racx's website as "work experience."


(Just kidding buddy :P )
I just went fom not alot to decades of experience in a couple days lol.
I'm 32 3rd generation wood finisher. 25 years experience I'm the guy you need for this job.
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This whole bloody thread is beautiful. I'd love to get into staining but for some reason it kind of scares me. Clearcoating is one thing, but staining is another.
I know I love wood finishing and plan on getting into it more as a hobby. We do some in retail Guitar Centers mainly clears and Dress Barns get colored lacquer finish but nothing like higher end residential or furniture grade finish. Been working our business more towards highend retail instead of the blow and go jobs.
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This whole bloody thread is beautiful. I'd love to get into staining but for some reason it kind of scares me. Clearcoating is one thing, but staining is another.
I grabbed scrap wood and started messing around. I was the same as you, a little scared at first but after some trial and error practicing I felt comfortable enough to actually charge some one.

I do wish we did a lot more of this type of work.
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I grabbed scrap wood and started messing around. I was the same as you, a little scared at first but after some trial and error practicing I felt comfortable enough to actually charge some one.

I do wish we did a lot more of this type of work.
Seems like to focus wood finishing you either need a really big area or really high population density; just not quite enough to sustain you full time in most areas in the kind of range painters work in. I'm sure there's some out there that pull it off, though.
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I'm sure you could connect with other painters in the area who don't like to do it or don't have the experience but still get calls
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I'm sure you could connect with other painters in the area who don't like to do it or don't have the experience but still get calls
Most around here would wing it (like the Zebra wood) or talk the HO into painting instead.

We landed that Maple counter from the pics of the Zebra wood, HO saw it and said I want the same look. The contractor that uses Zebra wood uses a lot of different exotic woods. We have only done a couple of jobs for him and will continue doing his work. Top notch builder deserves top notch contractors. The contractor knows now when a good company comes along. His last painter really did suck, a child could do better. He also doesn't mind paying for quality work.
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Is this Jay Lenno's place? It looks like his place kinda.
No haha. This is in Vancouver, WA. Some retired investor.
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No haha. This is in Vancouver, WA. Some retired investor.
He invested wisely, That is some of the most beautiful wood work I've ever seen. I love that color, or tone.
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Some amazing work here. Top notch stuff.

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I posted these a long time ago.. but still proud of this project.

Minwax wood conditioner
Rudd Lacquer wiping stain
2 coats Rudd Lacquer sanding sealer
2 coats Rudd 550 Satin Lacquer
Do you have any pictures of the prep process? What did that involve? Is that all new wood?

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Do you have any pictures of the prep process? What did that involve? Is that all new wood?
Raw knotty alder. My personal favirote, pretty popular here in the NW.

Prep was mask, sand with 220 or 180 cant remember, vac, tack,condition a section we knew we could finish in 1-2 hrs, sprayed the stain with a 310 tip. Should have used like a 308 but still didn't use that much stain. And my 2 guys and myself wiping off all the excess working in sections. That's one thing we did use ALOT of.. rags. I think it was around 15 boxes and trust me, we used all the rags to the max.

Anyways, after that....

Sanding sealer, sand, vac, tack, sanding sealer, sand, vac, tack, putty, lacquer, sand, vac, tack, lacquer, clean up.

3 guys 6 weeks including walls. Had a few hiccups the first week getting the stain color right. He liked to change his mind.


NOTE- so the trim carpenter thought it would be a brilliant idea to use the stain-able putty before we stained in alot of areas, well you know what happens. So you can see that in quite a few areas... but nothing I can really do about that. Also the texture is just horrid on the stairwell, i think they might have ended up getting it re texturing but not sure.

Couple more pictures and a few boring videos but gives you an idea of what it started as.



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I just did this today - it was still wet in the photo. This house is on the coastal bluff and all of the doors/windows are mahogany. It takes a lot of maintenance to keep wood on the beach in good shape, which is great for me! I love these shoji screen style sliding mahogany and paper doors they have inside.

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Some great pics so far people. Haven't had the opportunity to do an interior stained trim pack in a few years. I would like to do one now and try some WB stain.

I have been refinishing a lot of entrance doors lately though. This last one was some nice looking Cherry that I suspect someone used interior polyurethane on. Four year old house. The door is in shade from the porch most of the day but gets a couple hours of sun around the bottom in the afternoon. Amazing how faded the finish was. When I was through, the outside looked like the inside again. Hopefully the McCloskey's will fare better in such sheltered conditions.





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I suspect someone used interior polyurethane on. [/IMG]
Looks great! How did you remove the old poly?
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Nice work. I'm curious how you removed the old finish also.

Is it just me, or is that lockset mounted lower than normal?
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Mahogany front entry doors.

Before.





One coat only so far, 2nd and 3rd coats going on next week.





Does the floor guy getting floor stain on our ceiling and walls count?





And of course what is a thread without Bacon.

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Looks great! How did you remove the old poly?


Sanded first. All the flats that I could sand, I stripped that way. Did the details with chems, then washed it with BM brightener. That stuff works miracles on some species of wood.

Here's a pic after brightening.



If you look close, you can see a sanding circle in the upper left corner of the lower panel. It showed through the finish somewhat. I was happy with it overall though.
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Here's a pic after brightening.



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Actually, I'm not sure if that's after brightening or just after sand/strip. Too many random pics to sift through.
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Is it just me, or is that lockset mounted lower than normal?



It seems like it. May not be obvious from the pic that it's an 8' door.
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Do you remember what stripper you used?
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Do you remember what stripper you used?

Crown semi-paste I think. MeCI anyway.

Just an off note, on the new phone app the 'quote button is next to the 'thank button. I've been accidentally thanking people on a regular basis. Not that you all don't deserve a random thanks every once in a while
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