Craftsmen give time and dedication to their work, but in return, they receive a sense of pride in the finished project. As such, many craftsmen choose to finish a project with a protector to enable it to last longer and to stave off rotting, scratches, and other types of damage. Finishes can be applied by using rags, rubbing pads, brushes, or spray guns (so be sure to have the proper tools on hand), and they can add color or just a clear coat shine to any project. McIlvain Company, one of the nation’s oldest and most reputable lumber dealers, recommends fully exploring your options before deciding on a wood finish:
Stains are used to give color to a wood project. They can deepen or enhance the existing color of the wood, or they can transform the wood color altogether. Stains come in dyes or pigments that fill the pores of the wood. They come in many agents, such as water, alcohol, petroleum distillate, shellac, lacquer, varnish, and polyurethane, so it’s important to research what types of stain are best for your particular lumber and project type.
Stains should be applied at the end of the project, after it has been sanded for the final time. It’s also advisable to reapply regularly as the project ages to give it a fresh coat, as stain’s luster can fade over time.
Oil finishes add shine and toughness to a lumber project. Oils act as a clear coat and enhances the natural beauty of the lumber. Many oils are made from natural ingredients and can be applied to projects that will hold food (such as cutting boards). They are also better for the environment than chemical-based products.
Oils can be applied with rags, brushes, or spray guns. Different oils are designed to protect specific projects (both indoor and outdoor), so as with stains, it’s important to find the right type of wood oil for your particular needs. Oils can be reapplied in years to follow to give a fresh appearance and added protection to your project.
Paints add color to lumber projects and are perfect for both indoor and outdoor applications. Paint allows you to fully customize your lumber project, but keep in mind, if the piece to be painted is an antique, think very carefully about your decision, as paint will permanently destroy the value of the piece.
Paint can be applied numerous times to any project to add a new style or added protection, and there are paints that are specifically designed for both indoor and outdoor use. Paint choices span the entire range of colors and are available in both glossy and flat looks, so you have many options for how to personalize your wood project. For a better-looking and longer-lasting finish, apply the paint after sanding and priming the project.
It is important to finish a lumber project in order to add both uniqueness and protection. Whether you choose oils, paints, or stains, be sure to use quality products. McIlvain Lumber Company is a valuable resource for all types of wood and lumber questions and supplies. For more information and to see everything that McIlvain Company has to offer, visit them online today.
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