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Blog entry by Louis Petrolia posted 05-21-2013 07:27 AM 891 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First of all I wish to introduce myself. After my retirement as a “Legal Assistant” approx. 12 years ago with the Ontario Northland Transportation Railway, It was necessary that I continue to operate on 100% efficiency. Therefore I set up a furniture refinishing business. Antique restoration interested me. People interested me. Husbands and their spose interested me. The name of my business became “PETROLIA REFINISHING’

It was always a joy for me when the husband and wife disagreed to have a family heirloom restored. Husband at most times did not wish to spend the dollars required. The wife did. After the restoration was completed, then the husband was shocked to see the difference. It is the joy for me at the end to see people satisfied and happy.

This is my first blog. Please bear with me while I cruise around the site, meet some buddies, and share knowledge of woodwork and my love of finishing.

I have an Apollo HVLP turbine system, only spray waterbase finishes and aniline dyes. When I spray the aniline dye I mix a portion to so many ozs. of clear finish which would be considered a toner. I have used this system and mixtures for 12 years. Not too often do you find that some refinishers mix powdered dye into clear finish.

I have photos of two birch tables colored medium walnut sprayed with polyurethane These tables are my latest project.

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#1 posted 05-21-2013 07:58 AM

Sounds great. I would like to see those tables.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 05-21-2013 12:45 PM

Two coffee/night tables.

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#3 posted 05-21-2013 12:47 PM

They look very nicely finished. I wish I could learn to love finishing and that I also had a place to do it properly.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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