Wood Snobbery

I am a wood snob.

Wood Snobbery

Written by on November 24, 2015 in Wood Snobbery with 0 Comments

What do we do when we aren’t finishing things or testing products and creating content to share? The answer is pretty simple, we are on the road teaching others how to do, well, all of the above really. And many times, it points back to our long held commitment to wood snobbery. Our Prep to […]

Continue Reading

A new resource for IPE enthusiasts

Written by on February 8, 2015 in Decks and Porches, Industry News, Wood Snobbery with 14 Comments

Due to the overwhelming response our ipe content has enjoyed on topcoatreview.com, the topic now occupies it’s own chunk of online real estate. If you are a ipe deck owner (at any stage of ownership) in need of professional guidance, we invite you to join us there.

Continue Reading

When Paint Problems Happen

Written by on September 13, 2014 in Wood Snobbery with 8 Comments
When Paint Problems Happen

I spend a lot of my time as a professional painter fixing paint problems that were caused by people. Sometimes their choice of paint was a problem. More often, the way they painted was the bigger problem. If you paint at any kind of level, you likely understand that the proof is in the pudding […]

Continue Reading

Wood Finishing Tips from the Topcoat Woodsnobs

Written by on November 28, 2013 in Wood Snobbery with 1 Comment
Wood Finishing Tips from the Topcoat Woodsnobs

“Fear of Clear” Todd and I frequently team up on wood restoration projects of all flavors – interior and exterior. Sometimes we are presented with antique quality pieces to work with. If clear finish is involved, the project always falls into the category of “fine finishing”, a rather misunderstood term these days. So, we are […]

Continue Reading

Better Than New with Ipe Deck Oil

Written by on November 4, 2011 in Decks and Porches, Wood Snobbery with 53 Comments
Better Than New with Ipe Deck Oil

For a few years now, we have been sharing our tips on ipe deck oil finishing. Rule number 4 discusses the importance of maintaining the ipe deck annually. This picture show’s one of our annual ipe deck oil finish masterpieces, which Todd insists on personally servicing. This one gets inspected and worked as needed in the […]

Continue Reading

Todd’s Exotica.

Written by on November 1, 2011 in Decks and Porches, Wood Snobbery with 5 Comments

Exterior Paint Prep with Festool Sanders Today, Todd was gracious enough to let me tag along as the oil finisher on a mahogany deck that he has been carefully cleaning up for a pre-winter maintenance coat in a harsh, lakeside exposure. We chose to use Festool sanders with extraction on this deck, rather than pressure […]

Continue Reading

Make the Holes go Away…

Written by on October 30, 2011 in Wood Snobbery with 2 Comments
Make the Holes go Away…

It’s not about just filling a hole, it’s about blending color tones to match the exact grain pattern that the hole is in. This is one of those “icing on the cake”, attention to detail steps in the finishing process on stain and clear grade projects that really shows the skill level and craft of […]

Continue Reading

Can your sandpaper do this?

Festool Granat Abrasives Can. No kidding. In mid 2011, we began testing Festool Granat abrasives, which are designed for paint removal and finish sanding. In one of our early tests of Granat, I started with a piece of 1×8 sapele that was primed solid with exterior oil primer. Using an RO150 sander, I stripped the […]

Continue Reading

Oil Finish on Cherry

Oil Finish on Cherry

How Oil Finish Looks on Cherry wood. This stair finishing project is from a new construction project we did a few years ago. I had the pleasure of applying clear oil finish to the very curvacious cherry rail system. Cherry continues to be my favorite interior wood species to work with, and there really is nothing […]

Continue Reading

Wood Grain Profiling: By Eye

Written by on June 23, 2011 in Topcoat Finishes, Wood Snobbery with 8 Comments
Wood Grain Profiling: By Eye

Wood finishing is misunderstood. Rightly so. Every species has its own traits that affect product and process to be used on it. The best way to learn about wood is to work with it, on as large a scale as possible. The wood will teach you. Pattern Recognition I remember finishing an antique heart pine floor […]

Continue Reading

Top