Quartz Counter Top- La Crescenta, CA

Quartz, a change of pace from granite or marble.

"Light Shining Through The Windows" grain pattern.

More light shining through the quartz.

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The Aftermath

Grandpa's Dustpan

In my previous post I waxed rhapsodic about the Mark 10 RTC

fume sucking wind machine. In this post let’s take a look at the

aftermath and see how it all worked out.

The pictures tell the story.

Once upon a floor.

Like we were never there.

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Onsite Spray Booth: New and Improved

I call this the Mark 10 RTC Fume Sucking Wind Tunnel. It is the result of a rather simple modification suggested and implemented by Randy Redfern ( customer & general contractor).

The full name is: Mark 10 Redfern Turbo Charged Fume Sucking Wind Tunnel. Because it

is about 10 times more effective than my previous set up which was the same thing sans the

masking paper directional fume sucking modifier.

Mark 10 RTC

The other side of the fan.

These next two shots illustrate the fume sucking power of the new fan set up. What a difference a little bit of

paper makes. Note how the plastic is billowing out from the walls.

This next shot shows the plastic barrier wall we put up to confine the over spray to that

area of the room. Note the over spray piled up at the base of the plastic wall.

Plastic Barrier Wall

These next two shots show an auxilary fan that pulls fumes off the drying racks as the doors

gas off during the drying process.

Auxilary Fan

Drying Side of Room

The following shots show the effectiveness of the filters and fans.

Mark 10 RTC (on the left) and Auxilary Fan (on the right)

And the results.

Filter saturated with over spray- Mark 10 RTC

Auxilary Fan filter catching the drying fumes.

Here are some thumbnail shots of the room we turned into a spray booth. Notice that all the walls

are covered in plastic and the windows all have filters. A very effective set up.

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Glaze Over A Stain Finish- Brentwood, CA

This desk and file cabinet set was done for Heritage Cabinets.

Wood- alder

Finish- sealer and a coat of stain (brushed on), then another coat of sealer followed up by a coat of glaze

(raw umber and van dyke brown) and 3 coats of pre-catalyzed lacquer.

Stained & Glazed Finish

Alder Wood Cabinets

Matt with Steve from Mercer Woodworks

Matt from Heritage Cabinets

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Paint Contractor’s Manual

40,00 copies sold

The inspiration for Paint Contractor’s Manual came about when I started looking for a book on painting and could not find one. Not in Trade Schools, union apprentice programs or bookstores. I did find a book in the library but it dated back to 1945.

Written by my partner and I Paint Contractor’s Manual is now in its 8th printing with almost 40,000 copies sold. First published in 1985 it is now available world wide. I just googled Paint Contractor’s Manual and 271,000 entries came up (It’s even available in India).

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Troubleshooting Unknown Painter’s Work

Hi Jody,

It was nice talking to you last Tuesday.  Thank you for giving us your professional opinion on what to do with our cabinets that were painted and then just 1 month after cracked.

I have attached some pictures of our cabinets that were painted in July.  The first picture is the way the original cabinets looked before the painter said he could paint them and they would look perfect without cracking or peeling.

The second picture is after he painted them.

The next picture shows the cracking that took place shortly after on all of the cabinets.  Even the cabinet pieces that don’t move cracked.

Finally, the last picture shows the cracking after the painter attempted to fix the cabinets.  This happened just two weeks after his attempt to fix them.

1.       What are your professional suggestions for fixing these (i.e. what would you best recommend we do to fix these cabinets, how would you fix them)?

2.       Would you recommend that we need to reface them?

Please reply at your earliest convenience.

Thank you,


My Reply:


It appears that your painter caulked the cabinets

prior to painting them. Caulking is not compatible

with nitrocellulose lacquer. The solvents in the

lacquer heat-up and eat into the surface of the

caulking. This causes the lacquer to not adhere

to the caulking, thus, you get the cracking and


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Refacing with new doors will work if you go with plywood veneer or hardwood strips

over the cabinet stiles and rails (door frames ). Avoid the pre-glued paper thin

veneer strips- they look second rate and have the potential to peel.

Refinishing solution:

1.- strip off the existing finish.

2.- prep and sand.

3.- apply vinyl undercoater.

4.- sand.

5.-  fill any cracks with Famowood wood filler

and sand.

6.- apply 2nd coat of vinyl undercoater.

7.- sand.

8.- apply 3 coats of conversion varnish paint

sanding between each coat.

Conversion Varnish is applied the same as lacquer,

looks the same as lacquer, is as smooth as lacquer

but is almost almost indestructble and longer lasting.

Jody Toole

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Marina del Rey, CA

Job of the Week….again. Big, big bedroom cabinet, finished to match the bath cabinet

we finished  a couple of months earlier. Custom mixed cherry stain ( Burnt Sienna, Burnt

Umber and Raw Sienna) top coated with vinyl sealer and three coats of pre-catalyzed lacquer.

Big, Big Bedroom Cabinet

Matching Bath Cabinet

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