Stir the Finish – Unless it’s Gloss

flatting agent

Flatting agent from the underside of the can.

I’ve a confession to make. Nobody is aware of I did this, no less than
nobody who speaks English, not even my spouse. However you might be about
to realize it.

In 1974 my spouse (who’s Danish) and I moved to Denmark to strive
to stay there. Issues weren’t good in the USA. Nixon
had simply resigned due to Watergate, and the economic system was unhealthy
due to the primary oil disaster. We had all the time talked about
attempting to stay in each nations earlier than selecting one. This
was an excellent time in our lives to strive Denmark.

For the primary 12 months or so, my spouse labored. I discovered Danish,
took care of our two small boys and turned a former small
grocery retailer on the bottom flooring of one of many typical,
block-size, early 20th-century four-or-five story condominium
buildings you see throughout Northern Europe, into an condominium.

Then it grew to become time for me to get a job. I had plenty of
expertise with woodworking, so I went to the cabinetmaker’s
union to see if something was accessible. The economic system was unhealthy in
Denmark, too, after all (silly us; we didn’t notice this), so
there have been no openings. However there have been some cabinetmakers who
have been keen to rent for ending.

I picked the one closest to our condominium and went for an
interview. The foreman requested about my expertise spraying. My
Danish was OK however not that good, so I hid behind that whereas I
exaggerated and requested that the finisher I used to be changing keep
over an additional day to indicate me the system.

I received the job.

A number of days later the foreman got here into the end room and
requested me in regards to the sheen of the items I used to be spraying with a
catalyzed lacquer. The sheen was too shiny. Was I stirring the
end earlier than spraying it? I wasn’t! My predecessor hadn’t
talked about this.

Huge lesson. Any end with flatting brokers (to make it satin
or flat) must be stirred, or shaken mechanically, earlier than
making use of.

I want I have been the one starting finisher who has made this
mistake, however I do know I’m not. Be warned. If there’s any stable
materials on the underside of the can, stir it in.

— Bob Flexner


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