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Old 09-06-2011, 11:11 PM   #5491
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There are 6 big windows in front of the solarium, which have never had any finish applied since day one. Not very clever.

The sun has been able to get at the wood and has caused the normally nice looking cedar to fade considerably. I cleaned it off and sanded it down, but still no colour to speak of.
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:15 PM   #5492
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I sent Minwax an email asking about this water based Helmsman, and according to Jill at Minwax, as long as the old Helmsman urethane is scuff sanded lightly, there will be no adhesion problems. I rather imagine that would apply to other brands as well.

Here one of the casings has been done and the other not. I will get four coats (recommended) over the next couple of days and see what it looks like.
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:41 PM   #5493
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Nice job on the door sill. It looks too pretty to walk on. I'm glad it's going to work out with the finish around the 6 windows. The section you did looks good as new.

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Old 09-06-2011, 11:49 PM   #5494
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Thanks Barb...I did all the windows...just took a pic between so I could see what the difference might be.

My only gripe so far is that this water based stuff is even thinner than the oil based. Hard to keep on the brush.

Next trip to town I'm going to look for a thick brush with fake bristles with the ends all nicely split. That should work better. Can't use real bristles on this stuff.
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Old 09-07-2011, 12:42 AM   #5495
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Nice job on the door sill. It looks too pretty to walk on. I'm glad it's going to work out with the finish around the 6 windows. The section you did looks good as new.

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I second that, that is some really beautiful wood.

Keith, I have used a lambs wool to apply the water based urethane, it did a good job for me and no bubbles.
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I second that, that is some really beautiful wood.

Keith, I have used a lambs wool to apply the water based urethane, it did a good job for me and no bubbles.
Jim, thanks for that...something I didn't know about.

Do you use some sort of a pad of lamb's wool or what? And where would one find something like this?
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Old 09-07-2011, 12:27 PM   #5497
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FWIW

I too use lambs wool applicators to apply some tile sealers. They appear to be better than any other type of applicator for some reason. I buy mine from Ace Hardware but they should be available at any hardware store or maybe even a lumber yard or paint store.
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is lambs wool a different name for that fine steel wool? Used that to help refinsh wood mouldings at home...
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"Lambs wool" is supposedly wool from a lamb.

"Steel wool" is wool from a union iron worker.
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Yow I know...It's bad but it's all I had.
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is lambs wool a different name for that fine steel wool? Used that to help refinsh wood mouldings at home...
sbmfj, Lambs wool is actually lambs wool or it looks like it.

I like the lambs wool for different reasons, it holds a lot but it doesn't all bunch out at once like some paint brushes. I don't know if I said that right or not, maybe another way to say it is, it holds paint and finish well. Some water base urethanes need to keep a wet edge when applying and the wool does a great job to keep the edges wet. The water base urethane I have used dries super fast so you have to be on your toes when applying it.
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Lost my interweb connection last night, and even the geniuses at Rogers didn't seem to have a clue as to why. One hour on the phone wasted...again.

Regardless of these annoyances, there has been a goofus uppas on one of the curved railings for some time now. About 4 years ago, the outer lamination opened up for a few inches by about 1/32". About a year later, wife number two decided to exercise her less than remarkable woodworking skills to fix it. I knew nothing about this of course.

A number of months later I noticed that she had rammed some wood filler into the crack, exaggerating the problem. After looking at this mess for the last few years, yesterday was the time to try and fix it.

First thing I did was to plane off the area in question, which meant I had to dip into the second lamination to get to clean wood.
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As you can see, it's a fairly long cleanup, something over a foot.

Next was to dry clamp the piece of yellow cedar. As you know, I always do a dry run first before gluing and it's a good thing I did this time. Trying to get the clamps square on the inside edge of that curve was a real bear.
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she probably didnt want to bother you as you were on that diy site
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The wood has been glued and is still clamped as we speak. Once the sun gets around to the railing later I will take the clamps off and shape the wood. More pics later.
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