Questions tagged [finishing]

For questions about a protective or decorative treatment, surface alteration, or coating on an object, including application and material selection, preferably in combination with a tag specific to the material to be finished. Not intended for the meaning of completion processes. For questions about painting, paint, staining, or varnish, use the appropriate dedicated tag instead.

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How can I nicely protect & finish the edges of laser-cut MDF?

I want to build a few different projects (arcade stick, electronics charging station, dice tower…) using laser-cut oak veneer MDF. (The cutting will be done by an online service.) I know from a ...
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Surface Treatment to Make Carbon Steel Look Like Cast Iron

I am working on a project building speaker enclosures using hollow carbon steel spheres like the kind listed here: Source I am looking to produce these enclosures with a variety of looks / finishes, ...
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Gloss coat then matte coat?

I’ve heard that matte coatings are less durable than gloss ones. The claim was that gloss coatings form a hard protective shell, whereas matte ones do not. The recommendation was to first apply a ...
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Blackening steel with oil vs. vinegar - and others?

I'd like to finish a lamp I made of brazed chain, and so far my reading has uncovered blackening with oil (linseed or motor), or with apple cider vinegar. What is the difference between these two? The ...
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What are food safe finishes for woodworking projects, e.g. turned bowls?

There are many different products to finish your projects with. What types are food safe and what should one look out for when finishing a project that needs to be food safe?
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