I was very sad to hear recently that long-term customer and friend Eric Taylor had passed away. Eric contacted us when he started turning, and found there was not an outlet for our products near him. He asked if he could sell them in his bicycle shop, which we had no objection to, so he turned a corner of it over to turning products! After retirement, he continued to sell them at this local club, Coombe Abbey, in which he played a big part. Eric had fought off a number of illnesses recently, one of which affected his very distinctive voice. It was good to hear him get back to normal with that. It’s his funeral later today; traffic permitting, I’ll be there. RIP, my friend.

What questions and answers can I share with you this week? Our Rainbow Waxes can be used to give a solid colour over an item, but another popular way of using them is to highlight the open grain in something like ash or oak. Just spread it over the surface, and wipe off the surplus. But what, we were asked, will help remove the wax? Our Air Brush Cleaner is very efficient at this; just a little on a cloth will encourage the wax to come away from the surface, leaving it in the open grain. Just be careful, it’s easy to remove more than you want to! Fortunately, patching in an area is quite easy to do.

Another question came in about getting the best from our gloss aerosol lacquers. It’s a fine line with these (and all aerosols, really) between applying too much, and not enough. Too much can lead to runs and sags, slower drying times, and the danger of the finish cracking later.

Too little is particularly a problem with the gloss lacquers; they need enough to be able to flow out, giving an even coating across the whole area. If they dry before this can happen – bearing in mind that they dry very fast – an intermittent coating will result in a poor gloss.
Spraying from too far away will make this happen as well, as the lacquer will start to dry before it reaches the target, and won’t be able to flow out. Some experimentation might be needed, but it’s worth persevering with.

And on the subject of aerosols…we always recommend them as the finish of choice when using the Spirit Stains, especially if a delicate pattern has been created with several colours. The theory is that the sealer or lacquer hits the surface and dries before it has time to re-activate the stain and cause it to run. But which is better, Cellulose or Acrylic, we were asked. The answer is that both will work. The Acrylic has the very slight edge in this use, but can’t be overcoated with the Melamine Lacquer. If so much of the Cellulose Sanding Sealer is applied that it affects the stain, then it’s too much and the end result isn’t going to be satisfactory anyway!

Ending on a happier note… thanks to everyone who pointed out my error about Weird and Wonderful Wood, which I will be attending this Saturday – as it wasn’t on last weekend at all!
Then, on Tuesday, I’m off to Herts and Beds Woodturners for another demo. I’ve been there many times before, and I am looking forward to next week’s return visit.

Have a great week, I’ll be back in your inbox next Friday.