Mar 072019
 

Solving Common Wood Finishing Problems
(Recommended reading for all finishers)

Regardless of your finish of choice, water or solvent based, both modern and
traditional coatings require many of the same considerations for application success.

First:
• Select a recommended finish to meet the project requirements.
•  Read The Directions.
Most finishes work best at around 72°F and a humidity of 4o% or less.

•  Follow the manufactuers guidelines.
Finish drying and curing depend on temperature, humidity and air flow.

So far there is Not a finish material
that says it will dry faster if you are in a hurry!

Creating a Fine Finish, by brush or spray, requires attention to many factors
including environment, finish material, selection of spray or brush equipment, and more.

Read through this entire document so you can spot finish problems
before or as they arise.

This self help problem solving guide identifies the source and the fix for many issues that can prevent the achievement of a perfect finish.


Nov 032018
 

H. BEHLEN FinishingSmooth Coat Lacquer

New Name (says what it delivers) with the same Great Features!
Buffcote
Aerosol now called Smooth Coat Lacquer (aka Waxing Lacquer)

A Hand Rubbed Feel and Look straight from the can.

Smooth Coat Lacquer has 3 attributes that make it one
of the best, if not the best, aerosol for applying a Final Topcoat finish
on small to medium sized projects.

1.     The solids content are over 15%, well above the average aerosol.
As a result, Smooth Coat builds surprisingly quickly for an aerosol.

2.     A Fan spray head creates a wide spray pattern and delivers the lacquer at a high rate.
The Special Spray head and high solids facilitate a fast build, easy to apply finish.

3.     Smooth Coat contains a special wax formulation sheered into the lacquer.
Smooth Coat’s formulation allows the lacquer to flow, and level exceptionally well.

No actual rubbing needed,
just the look and feel of a hand rubbed and waxed finish.

Using BEHLEN Smooth Coat™
Smooth Coat
Aerosol Lacquer builds quickly and feels silky smooth.
The  additive dries as part of the finish resulting in a topcoat film, right out of the can,
that feels and looks like it has been hand rubbed and wax polished.

Note: (Smooth Coat™ is intended as a Topcoat ONLY
Build the finish with a sealer coat and one or two applications of Gloss Lacquer
(for clarity and durability
)

More  Info & Smooth Coat Finishing Schedule

To: Aerosols Listing

Sep 292018
 

“Not all Denatured Alcohols are equal”

USE a GOOD Shellac Solvent for making your own shellac ‘Seal Coat’ finish.
A ‘denaturant’ is added to Ethanol Alcohol (a drinkable spirit) to make it unfit for consumption.
The original denaturant was Methanol Alcohol.
The term ‘methylated spirit’ is still sometimes used referring to Denatured Alcohol. ——–

Unfortunately NOT all Denatured Alcohols are equal and there is no purity standard for ethanol content to be labeled  “Denatured Alcohol”. High test, 190 proof (5% denaturents), Denatured Alcohol is preferred as a Shellac flake solvent.

It is next to impossible to find a 190 proof alcohol at the ‘big box’ home improvement or hardware stores. Many brands have as little as 50-60% Ethanol – and the balance cheaper alcohols and denaturing solvents.
Recently I went
in search of high test Denatured. Out of ten paint, hardware and home improvement stores – only the local Sherwin Williams paint store had 190 Proof. The Material Safety Data Sheet will list the ingredient percentages of the product (most cans do not).

A 190 Proof Denatured Alcohol is operator and earth, ‘Green’, friendly.
“Klean-Strip Green” is one retail brand of ‘190’ Proof Denatured Alcohol.
If you find a 190 proof Denatured Alcohol, buy locally and save on shipping.

We ship Alcohol in quarts to avoid costly flammable shipping charges.

Available from Shellac.net
•• Select 190 proof Denatured Alcohol Shellac Flake Solvent
– excellent for padding and french polishing.
or
•• ‘Behkol Alcohol’ (Denatured Alcohol) is formulated by BEHLEN specifically to dissolve shellac flakes and dilute or ‘cut’ liquid Shellacs.  Behkol will make a shellac that has a little more open and working time.

Shop Note: By using a known Denatured Alcohol proof or purity and settling on a brand you will have more predictable results by eliminating one finishing variable.

We adjust for weather and heat conditions by adding SHELLAC Retarder (not lacquer retarder).
When the shellac is drying too fast due to heat, low humidity, or excessive airflow, add just enough retarder to enable easy application.
When spraying, shellac retarder will help eliminate over-spray and orange-peel.
Avoid over-use of the retarder.  Keep in mind that use of the retarder will require longer drying times between coats of shellac.

To: ‘Pound Cut’ Mixing Ratio
for Shellac Flake in Denatured Alcohol
Printable vesion (pdf)


Updated: BEHLEN Wood Finishing Products @ Shellac.net

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Sep 062018
 

New Link to:  H. Behlen Finishing Products Index:
behlensupply.com

We have been working to update our site @ Shellac.net Wood Finish Supply
for improved indexing and navigationFeedback or suggestions are welcome.

MULTIPLE ITEM ADD TO CART Feature
Hopefully a frustration reduction feature (for products with a variety of colors)
allows selection of several colors and different quantities of each & then,
Click on the “add to cart” button. This will eliminate the ‘back and forth’
to the shopping cart when ordering several colors of the same item.
See Example
@ BEHLEN Fill-Sticks

WE STOCK THE ENTIRE
H. BEHLEN Finishing WOOD FINISHING PRODUCTS CATALOG
H.BEHLEN Products have a new Master Listing and pages indexed by product category. The new layout incorporates the multiple add to cart feature.
The item quantities may also be adjusted in the shopping cart screen if desired.

Click Here for the   H. BEHLEN Finishing
WOOD FINISHING PRODUCTS listing by category & product #

See the online BEHLEN Color Guide to view or download
&
The current BEHLEN Factory Catalog (in PDF)
Download & View or Print out the pages you need.
• • • • •

BEHLEN Aerosol List

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May 152016
 

H. BEHLEN Finishing
Wood Finishing Aerosol List

by Product Category & Number

We hope these one page listings, will make finding the product you need & placing an aerosol order easier.

For more information on an item or specific product categories –
Please see:
•  Clear Aerosol Lacquers and Sealers

•  Aerosol Lacquer Toners

•  The complete selection of PREMIER Clear Aerosols  (including Semi-Gloss)

•  BEHLEN Finishing Produsts Index with a search tool for the site.

New ! Behlen Waterborne Rockhard™ Brushing Varnish

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May 082016
 

H. Behlen Waterborne Rockhard™ Brushing Varnish

The NEW  Waterborne Brushing Varnish is a high quality, non-yellowing acrylic / urethane top coat that provides a beautiful finish that will enhance the beauty of wood projects. Rockhard™ Waterborne Brushing Varnish is low odor, fast drying and low VOC. It is easy to apply and has excellent leveling properties. It is a high solids, self-sealing finish that provides faster build withfewer coats for superior results. Available in semi-gloss, satin, & flatt sheens.

Rockhard™ Waterborne Brushing Varnish Highlights:
• Urethane / Acrylic blend
• Low odor
• Easy to use
• Can be applied with brush
• Dries quickly
• High solids
• Excellent leveling properties!

B603-21606 __ Semi-Gloss (Sealer & build coats)
B603-21406 __ Satin
B603-21206 __ Flatt