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Spray Finishing on Wood

Aerosol cans of shellac, lacquer and polyurethane allow you to quickly apply a finish on small or complex projects that's free of brush marks. Learn the basic techniques that guarantee a good finish.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Spray Finishing on Wood

Aerosol cans of shellac, lacquer and polyurethane allow you to quickly apply a finish on small or complex projects that's free of brush marks. Learn the basic techniques that guarantee a good finish.

Get set up for spraying

Start the spray off the edge

Don't swing the can in an arc

Overlap the spray

Keep the spray tip parallel to the surface

Don't dent your finger

Seal dark stains and exotic wood with a mist coat

Brush, then spray

Spin your project

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

You'll need an organic vapor respirator and a spray can trigger handle.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

    • Aerosol spray finish
    • Plastic drop cloth

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