First Good Ole Fashion Fail

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Blog entry by Maveric777 posted 12-24-2009 01:57 PM 1607 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well being so new to woodwork and what not I expect to make mistakes. I have made many so far and im sure I have just scratched the surface of whats to come. My latest one is really bothering me though. Its bad when you wake up thinking about it…. Ugggg

A little background… My oldest daughter has a younger half brother whom she wanted me to make a step stool for. I was very excited when she hit me up about it. I am 34 years old and still remember the one I had as a child. The original plan was I build it and she paints it (sounds like a great plan to me). As in typical teen fashion she got busy and I had to do the crunch time paint on the stool. Of course I had to get fancy with it…

I hit it with a basic Krylon banner red base. I came back and free handed everything else. I was actually very proud of it and was beyond excited for my oldest to give this as a Christmas gift for her brother. That was of course before I hit it with the Krylon Satin Clear Finish. To my wonderful surprise it white washed the whole stool. I mean bad!

In a desperate attempt last night I tried to buff it out…. Yup…. That’s where things got worse. I failed… Looks like this gift wont be opened on Christmas morning.

I hate to make my first blog here on Lumber Jocks a rant, but it’s whats on my mind….. Thanks for listening…. Ummmm…. I mean reading….lol

P.S. I would of posted pics but I couldnt figure how to upload them to the site… Im just batting a 1000 the last couple of days…lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 12-24-2009 02:13 PM


Hang in there Pal. It happens to all of us (including me with my recent step stool build for my grand daughter). I offer two pieces of advice…... READ THE LABELS on your finishing products to ensure compatability and DO TESTS on some scrap to verify it before applying them to your project.

As for this Christmas, put a big BOW on it and put it under the tree. Attach a note saying something like

”Santa’s Midnight Shift Elfs fell asleep in the paint booth. He promised to fix it and bring it back.”

Remember it really is the thought that counts.


-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 12-24-2009 02:19 PM

Maverick, bummer about the paint job. I really do not know what would have happened with the finish coat. They both are oil base products so there is no incompatability issue here. Wish I could be of more help.

But with respect to posting pictures here is a blog by GaryK that explains the process pretty well. Basically, for blog and forum postings, pictures need to be sent to a third party host such as Photobucket. Once they are uploaded then the direct link is copied and pasted into the blog using the insert image tab.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 12-24-2009 02:21 PM

from humble beginnings …......

if you didn’t care , i would worry ,
as it is ,
you are destined to become a master woodworker !

i’d show you my mistakes ,
but i sent them back already ,

via the wood stove !

welcome to LJ’s ,

and happy holidays .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Don Newton

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#4 posted 12-24-2009 03:13 PM

I really like Rat’s idea…......give it anyway with the promise of a new improved replacement. I’ll bet you dollars to doughnuts the keep the first one also.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#5 posted 12-24-2009 04:00 PM

Been there, Done that!............and it always happens when you are on a tight deadline! I feel your pain. I also like Rat’s idea. With the right note attached, this could be the best present ever and one never to be forgotten. Good luck and Merry Christmas to all.

-- John @

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#6 posted 12-25-2009 02:39 AM

Thanks for all the kind words everyone. I about gave up, but after a little pep talk from the wife I dug in my heals and got after it. I am very pleased to say the stool is fixed and delivered…. Yay!

I had to strip the clear (or what was supposed to be clear) coat off the stool then went back and repaint the whole thing. It wasn’t as bad as I thought. Only a few base coats took care of the last remaining white wash then I used the bearly visible original marks to repaint the details.

I also did some experimenting today and found what I believe to be a bad batch of finish. I brought up the project and materials to work today and messed around with it in between jobs to take a few factors out. My first belief was either temp or moisture in the air was the cause. I removed both of those bringing it into a controlled environment with a spot light pointing at the work to insure a good 70 plus temp. I made a test piece using the same paint and same finish… You guessed it… White wash. I am going to chock this up as a lesson learned and store that in “Hard Lessons” file…lol

Here are some pics (at least I am going to try) of the before and after. Maybe someone will read this and save themselves a headache down the road.





Here is a close up of the modern Spiderman symbol I free handed using a paint pen. lol… Wife thought I was nuts having the lap top out in the shop looking at Spiderman images…lol


-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 12-25-2009 02:55 AM

Cool step stool…. if there was a lot of moisture in the air, the clear could have done what in automotive painting is called blushed. One it does that it get a milky look to it and no way of fixing it with out removing it. Glad to see it turned out good though!

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#8 posted 12-25-2009 03:20 AM

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