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    As a result of having been well-satisfied with a previous job done by your firm, we contacted you to paint several rooms in our house. Once again not only were we pleased with the job performed, but we were impressed with the care they took to protect furniture and carpeting. We will not hesitate to recommend Reilly Painting to others.

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  • Tips For Using Wood Finishes

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    Do you have a wood project you've been wanting to do for a while but are stuck with ugly looking materials? Have some old desks, chairs or tables and want to freshen them up so they look brand new? Using wood finishes can be a great way to clean up wood materials that you are thinking of tossing. It also makes a great weekend activity! Give your Cleveland Contractors a call and we will take care of the wood finishing for you.  Here are some tips for using wood finishes:

    1. Using a Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner

    Many common softwoods, such as spruce, pine, fir (the SPF varieties), birch and maple have trouble absorbing wood stain evenly, which can create a splotchy look. A pre-stain conditioner applied to the wood prior to staining can smooth out the finish on these soft woods. Learn how taking the time to apply a pre-stain conditioner can provide much more desirable results to the wood finish on your stained projects.

    2. Applying a Gel Stain Finish
    Gel stains have become quite popular in recent years as a wood finish. Gel stains are easy to apply: simply wipe it on with a cloth, wait the desired length of time and wipe it off. By adjusting the amount applied and the length of time the stain is left on the wood, one can adjust the level of color in the wood finish. However, there are some drawbacks. Learn how to work with gel stains in this woodworking tip.

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