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Learn WDMA Door Standards In Webinars

What changed in WDMA’s newest Finishing Section? Learn WDMA Door Standards In Webinars The WDMA (Window & Door Manufacturers Association) developed two webinars introducing their two newest standards: Architectural Wood Flush Doors (I.S.1A-2011) and Architectural Stile and Rail Doors (I.S.6A-2011).  … Continue reading

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There’s No Shortcut To A Quality Finish

There’s No Shortcut to a Quality Finish In a recent DWM Magazine article, Mark Larson, owner of Midwest Prefinishing, listed five essential elements for a quality finish: Quality substrate Prep-sanding Quality coatings Newest technology Multi-coat application

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Want a Job? Become a Wood Finisher!

Want a Job?  Become a Wood Finisher! The National Institute of Wood Finishing In an age when technology and software dominate the job market, why choose a career in finishing?  Who wants to spend their days mixing chemicals and bearing … Continue reading

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How does prefinishing contribute to the Made In USA claim?

How does prefinishing contribute to the Made In USA claim? Is it a service, a process, or a product?  The Made In USA claim applies to concrete products.  A pure service would not qualify.  A Service tab on Midwest Prefinishing’s … Continue reading

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Kirby Vacuum’s Unintended Role In Wood Prefinishing

Kirby Vacuum’s Unintended Role In Wood Prefinishing Bob Flexner, writing for Woodshop News, piqued our interest in HVLP spraying by tying its history to the Kirby vacuum cleaner.  In the 1930s, Kirby vacuums included a spray gun attachment to clean … Continue reading

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Is Glue Bleed-Through Preventable?

Is Glue Bleed-Through Preventable? Glue bleed-through on veneered doors frustrates virtually all finishers and prefinishers.  They apply several remedies, some before staining, some after:  sanding, blacklight inspection, seal coats, and touchup.  But these remedies often fail to catch all of … Continue reading

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Color-matching Enhances. It Does Not Control.

Color-matching Enhances. It Does Not Control. Most finishers perform color-matches. But they all qualify the results. And, they’re right; the finish varies due to wood’s inherent characteristics:

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