Wood - Finishing

Credit: 4 PDH

Course Fee: $12.00

38 Pages


Course Summary

The primary function of any wood finish (paint, varnish, and stain, for example) is to protect the wood surface, help maintain a certain appearance, and provide a cleanable surface. Although wood can be used both outdoors and indoors without finishing, unfinished wood surfaces exposed to the weather change color, are roughened by photo degradation and surface checking, and erode slowly. Unfinished wood surfaces exposed indoors may also change color; moreover, unfinished wood is more difficult to clean than is finished wood.

Learning Objectives

  • Factors Affecting Finish Performance
  • Control of Water or Moisture in Wood
  • Types of Exterior Wood Finishes
  • Application of Wood Finishes
  • Finish Failure or Discoloration
  • Finishing of Interior Wood
  • Finishes for Items Used for Food
  • Wood Cleaners and Brighteners
  • Paint Strippers
  • Lead-Based Paint

Course Author

US Forest Service



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