|Forum topic by Rob||posted 126 days ago||879 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
126 days ago
I have been experimenting with different finishing techniques for the last couple of weeks now and have self taught myself a lot. Really I have just been playing with fire and chemicals in the garage like a 12 year old, but that is besides the point. I am by no means a master finisher or even skilled really on the journeyman level, but I can hold my own. For years I was a sheep in the heard of big box hardware store shoppers, and when it came to finishes Rustoleum/Miniwax/Whoever is on the shelf Stains and Polyurethanes were all I knew. I was in the painters union for years right out of highschool, but commercial and/or industrial work rarely ever called for “specialty” finishes (at least what any one of us on this site would consider specialty). It was mostly spraying ceilings with Dryfall, sealing bare block with Blockfill, and cutting and rolling everything form colleges like Rutgers and Princeton to the local Best Buy and Wegmans. You get the point. So while I am familiar with how to apply techniques for desired effect, I am still new to these “old school” techniques that I have been trying out. Just to name a few things I am interested in are listed below and am interested in learning as much as possible about them. So if anyone has experience with any of these and has some good advice they wouldn’t mind sharing, please feel free. It would be greatly appreciated. I’ll start with the most interesting of the bunch (in my opinion)
- Shou Sugi Ban
I thought I reinvented the wheel. I thought I was a genius. I thought I was a great inventor of a new way of finishing. And then I went on google…And google said I’m dumb. haha…This method has been being used for hundreds of years in Japan. They build houses, fences and even an entire stadium in Germany using fire treated wood. It makes the wood rot resistant, flame retardent, and insect repellant. But hey, I now have another unique and awesome way of finishing to add to my arsenal.
Also I what are some of the dyes that you use? Do you have any favorites or old reliables that you cannot go without? Powder or liquid? Alcohol or water?
-- Rob, Middletown NJ