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Get The Look - Driftwood accented with Winter White Glaze Effects
GF's Get the Look series is designed to give you some inspiration for your next project!
How Do I Treat Steam or Water Spots on my Refinished Furniture?
We all know that steam spots can come as the result of hosting holiday celebrations! But how does GF recommend dealing with the mark?
What is the Best Approach to Painting Chairs and Smaller Items of Furniture?
ANSWER: For ideal results, GF recommends applying finish with a spray gun and putting your project on a rotating lazy susan.
GF's Annual Design Contest
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR GROUNDHOG DAY. The General Finishes 2015 Contest Starts February 2nd and runs for 40 days. There are two categories to enter. Enter one or both as often as you wish here
1) WILD NIGHTS DESIGN CHALLENGE
Can You Apply Vaseline to the Rim of a Can Containing Water-Based Finish to Prevent Rusting?
Answer: Vaseline is not recommended on the rim of the can (called the chime) as it can contaminate a water-based product and may cause surface defects. Instead, GF recommends always carefully cleaning the rim of the can before putting the lid on tightly with a paper towel, then again with a damp paper towel.
Do I Need to Add a Wetting Agent Such as Floetrol to General Finishes Milk Paint?
Answer: General Finishes already adds excellent substrate wetting agents to our Milk Paint. For this reason, adding another wetting agent is superfluous, and it may even be harmful to your finish if the formulas don't coordinate.
Is General Finishes Milk Paint Different From Their Professional Paint Line?
ANSWER: Both products are exactly the same. The only difference is size! Professional paints are only sold in gallons, whereas Retail Milk Paints are sold in pints and quarts.
Can I Use Steel Wool With Water Based Finishes?
How Can I Reduce the Sheen of an Oil Based Top Coat? I Used Semi Gloss and It's Too Shiny.
Woodworker Wednesday - Ryan Kneeland of Kneeland Designs
"We're kicking off our new series, Woodworker Wednesday, with the work of the incredibly talented Ryan Kneeland of Kneeland Designs! Ryan recently completed an impressive seven-piece series for the Santa Barbara Zoo, including an African lion, Humboldt penguin, Chilean flamingo, Masai giraffe, golden lion tamarin, poison dark frog, and the tree of life using hundreds of hand-cut and custom-dyed pieces in his unique 3-D layering technique!
How Can I Get GF Water Based Finishes Off A Mirror?
ANSWER: Any GF Water-Based Finish can be removed from a mirror using 0000 steel wool and Windex. However, you can prevent a mistake from happening by applying Frisket first. More details below:
How Can I Prevent Bleed Through on Mahogany Furniture from the 1920's - 1930's?
ANSWER: Many mahogany pieces from the late 1920s to early 1930s have an aniline dye lacquer finish which can bleed through no matter how many times you paint or prime over it. Although ideal coverage over an aniline dye lacquer can never be guaranteed, the following two products have been known to minimize bleed through:
1) A stain blocking primer such as Zinsser B-I-N (GFs top pick)
How Can I Create a Custom Glaze, Wash, Varnish or Stain?
ANSWER: You can design your own custom glazes, washes and varnishes with General Finishes intermixable water based products. See tips and recipes below:
GF Tip: For all of the following mixes, GF recommends the following two steps:
First: Applying a base layer of High Performance Top Coat before applying your custom glaze.
Is GF's Milk Paint a True Milk Paint?
We named our product Milk Paint with the intention of putting a clear, bright, contemporary spin on an old fashioned furniture paint tradition. With that said, GF's Milk Paint is not a true Milk Paint as it does not contain any milk powder. Our product is carefully engineered for durability and ease of application. It is a mineral based acrylic and comes pre-mixed rather than in a powder form. All you have to do is prep your piece, stir the can and get started!
Here are some other qualities that make our Milk Paint stand out:
Woodworker Wednesday - Amy Grigg Designs
We're back on track with the General Finishes Woodworker Wednesday series! This week we're featuring the highly talented Amy Grigg, whose affinity for natural wood is apparent in her work. Her skill and craftsmanship can be seen in these pieces in spalted maple, walnut, cherry, and bleached box elder, among other wood types. What a great way to show off the beauty of nature on Earth Day!
Woodworker Wednesday - Darlington Farm
This week for Woodworker Wednesday we are sharing a DIY video by Darlington Farm.
How Do I Know If A Surface Is Dry Enough to Re-Coat?
Answer: There are several ways to determine whether a surface is dry.
Dry OIL BASED products are no longer tacky and they do not emit a smell.
Dry WATER BASED products no longer feel cool to the touch and a powder will form with light sanding.
Click here to see a GF video tutorial with some helpful information regarding dry time: http://bit.ly/1DfYfQi
What GF Stain Will Best Accentuate the Characteristics of Wood Grain?
Water Based Dye Stain penetrates deep into the wood and magnifies the grain beautifully. It also provides your project with more depth and color vibrancy than any other GF stain. This product is excellent for highly figured woods like mahogany, walnut, or birds eye maple.