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Looking for wood finisher giving me a lesson in NYC8/2
Hi guys I live in NYC I am new in wood finishing, and I am willing to pay to have some wood finishing lesson from some professional out here. Please help. =)
been doing it 35 years, still learning.
Thank you =)
just watching youtube trying to learn how to do finishing, and realizing finishing can be so much fun and lots to learn.
So much fun? Man, at best finishing can be okay, and at worst a back breaker! Nothing like eating chemicals all day, and then have some kind of issue with the product, weather related issues, or customer dissatisfaction. The other main factor is that it is at the end of the project. I never felt like I had enough time when it went into the booth. I find on-line advice to run the gamut from okay to horrible! Anyone with an ego and a video camera will post on you-tube. Nothing will beat experience. Are you a professional woodworker?
I am a picture framer. I can do some basic wood working. I totally understand how you feel. But when you get a nice finish done, don't you feel happy about what you had done? hahaha
I get an immense amount of satisfaction out of finishing and re-finishing . I love the research....the problem solving....color matching......customer relations....on and on
My day job.........zero satisfaction .
hands on "lessons" are definitely not necessary . I started with a can of varnish and a brush.........as many others have . but they wont hurt either .
But one step at a time . read books from Jewitt and Flexner. learn basics first.....how evaporative finishes differ from reactive finishes.....compatibility issues...... understanding sanding.....things like that
dont even think about 16 coat high gloss finishes until you can handle nitro or pre-cats . stay away from post-cats for awhile.....these can cause big problems if mis-handled . if you dont know what post-cats are , youre rank is novice ( no dis intended ).....so learn entry level techniques first.
hope this helps some
Maybe look into part time work in a finishing shop, you'll start at the bottom stripping, prep but that is also a important step to becoming a good finisher. Good luck.
I work out of Brooklyn, and Pennsylvania