Handyman in Mississauga
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If you are searching for the best, reliable and wide array of services at your doorstep then Handyman in Mississauga is the best choice for you. The handyman service is your one-call solution for a wide range of home maintenance and restoration needs.
We have certain values within our company as our technicians reflect those values professionally by arriving on time with all the tools to complete the job right.
Our experts are extremely accomplished craftsmen with at least 12 years’ experience in the field. We are experts in home repair and improvement modules, and we are known for the quality of our work and expert reliability so you would not have to worry about the job. Leave all the worrying to us.
We are a company that has been working tirelessly to make a name for itself by serving the people of Mississauga.
We are not just a company offering home services from the back of our truck. We are your private home development consultant and a reliable, informed resource that one of the most growing industries in the country. Our professional home repair and development handymen are skilled workers with years of experience at their hands. We believe in our work ethics and professionalism and we are so confident in the job we perform that we give Done Right Guarantee for each job we do.
We know that you do not have time to experience every other new home service that would ultimately be less than reliable and dependable. When it comes to professional handyman services you can trust and depend on us to get it done right every single time. And for that you can count on Handyman in Mississauga.
The inspiration behind us was the complications and challenges involved in finding an expert technician. The obvious problem with was that most of the local labour lacked professionalism, and skills to get the job done with complete customer satisfaction. Furthermore, the services different companies were offering were either of no use or were extremely costly. It was at that moment it became clear to us that there should be a service in which you can put your trust.
We arrive on time because we know that your time is precious and valuable, so we strictly adhere to time policies. The job is done right in the first attempt because unskilled labour will cost you your whole day in giving their services as they are unable to satisfy you in the first try.
We offer a full range of repair, maintenance, and improvements services. We have multiple services and these like plumbing, electrical, roofing, flooring, and painting to name a few. Our handymen have an average of over 10 years’ knowledge in the market and are fully capable of doing what you want and how you want.
We make sure to clean up the mess when we are done. The professionalism of our services is guaranteed. All our technicians are highly skilled and trained as well as being honest and reliable as they are background-checked.
We provide services for you whenever you need and provide services for emergencies. Our employees are equipped with the best tackle so you are your work is performed hassle-free. They are also smartly uniformed to ensure work ethics. These guidelines ensure that your time is not wasted while the handyman runs around looking for tools and parts.
It does not matter how big or small a job as we make sure that we satisfy our clients to have a long-term relation. From repairing something as small as a sink to big commercial and residential projects you can trust Handyman in Mississauga to take care of you and your house.
We are known for our professional services that are charged sensibly and are competitive relative to the industry even when related to services. The customers are given full details of pricing and invoices, so they do not have to worry about over-pricing.
We offer Monthly Care Deals for households as well as corporate clients. This offers you good value for money as the packages come with free monthly care and repair visits. You can also take advantages from select discounts on new work. Get in touch with us for further details.
Handyman in Mississauga offers a full range of services for all your building and care as well as repair needs. You do not need to worry about the transportation and purchasing of parts as we can arrange those for you.
We provide our customers with a maintenance guarantee after the project has been completed in case the customer is not satisfied. We also follow-up with our customers to take their comment making you completely satisfied.
The next time you need a property maintenance or repair service of any kind, give us a call. You can be certain that you would be getting the best combination of pricing, quality, and satisfaction.
Handyman in Mississauga
3869 Milkwood Crescent
Mississauga, ON L5N 8H5
Open Mon Sun 9am - 8pm
Handyman in Mississauga provide an assortment of home care and repair needs.
All our technicians are highly skilled with a minimum of 12 years’ experience in the industry. We are experts in home repair and improvement components and known for the excellence of our work and professionalism.
We are not just a company offering home services from the back of our truck but are your private home development consultant and a reliable, informed resource that one of the most growing industries in the country. Our professional home repair and development handymen are skilled workers with years of experience at their hands. We believe in our work ethics and professionalism and we are so confident in the job we perform that we give Done Right Guarantee for each job we do.
We know that you do not have time to experience every other new home service that would ultimately be less than reliable and dependable. When it comes to professional handyman services you can trust and depend on us to get it done right every single time. And for that you can count on us.
The city of Mississauga is in the province of Ontario in Canada and located in the Regional Municipality of Peel on the coasts of Lake Ontario, near Toronto to the east. With a population of 763,000 as of the 2019, Mississauga is the sixth-most populous borough in Canada, third-most in Ontario, and second-most in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area).
The evolution of Mississauga is credited to its vicinity to Toronto. Throughout the second half of the 20th century, the city attracted a multi-ethnic population and built up a thriving central business region. Malton is a neighborhood of the city located in its northeast end and is home to Canada’s very busy Pearson International Airport, and the headquarters of numerous Canadian and international companies. Mississauga is not a conventional city but is instead a unification of a series of former villages and hamlets that were substantial populace bases, with not any being clearly influential, prior to the city’s amalgamation that shortly joined into a lone urban region.
Approximately 52% of the population speaks another language other than English, and 52.4% of the population are a visible minority group (non-aboriginal or non-white). About 18% are under 14 years of age and 8.51% are of retirement age. The average (median) age in Mississauga is 35 years old.
Christianity is the most common faith of the city. A 2011 census showed that 59.9% of the population are believers, with Catholics consisting of 36.9%, while the remaining 23.0% are various Orthodox Christian, Protestant, and other Christian groups. Other practicing faiths are Islam with 11.9%, Hinduism with 7.0% Sikhism with 3.4%, Buddhism with 2.2% and Judaism with 0.3%. Those with no religious beliefs made up 14.9% of the population.
Sixty or more of the Fortune 500 companies have their global or Canadian head offices located in Mississauga. Some of the robust industries are banking and finance, pharmaceuticals, computers and electronics, aerospace, transportation parts and equipment industries.
Toronto Dominion (TD) Bank also has Corporate IT expansion centres in the city along with RBS (Royal Bank of Canada). Laura Secord Chocolates headquarters are in the city, and HP’s (Hewlett Packard) core Canada offices are in Mississauga. Regional airline Jazz has regional office in Mississauga and Kam Airlines has its Canadian office in Mississauga. Mississauga is also an aircraft development centre with Canadian headquarters of Aerospace companies like Magellan Aerospace and Honeywell Aerospace. Additionally, Walmart (Canada), Kellogg’s (Canada) and Panasonic (Canada) have their national head offices in the Mississauga
1) Do you charge by the hour or the project?
We give an estimate for a complete project, not by the hour. By not charging hourly, we remove the risk of the project taking longer and ultimately costing the customer more than the estimate.
2) How do I pay for services?
You can pay by cash, check, debit card or by a credit card.
3) Do you work weekends and evenings?
When you book your appointment with us, we will make every effort to accommodate your schedule.
4) Can I choose the material colours and manufacturers?
We leave the choices to you. You pick the paint colours or the material colour. You can even choose the manufacturer if you want. You can also leave the selection of the manufacturer to us. We only use high quality manufacturers.
5) Can I trust the handyman in my home or office?
All our handymen go through a thorough screening process. Our technicians have a minimum of 10 years experience and their own hand tools. We know that trust is a major factor when you have someone coming into your home or office, so we make certain all our technicians are prompt, clean, and professional always.
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How to Fix a Leaky Faucet
In this article I am going to explain to you how to fix a leaky faucet. The very first step we need to figure out which actual handle or pipe the water is leaking from. We need to turn off the entire water system and cut all water coming into your house. Open the faucet completely and allow all that water to drain out but it might take a few minutes. After the water is completely stopped, you are going to use a Phillips screwdriver to carefully remove the screw and make sure that the handle is in the fully open position. When you remove this screw and be very careful you do not want to drop the screw down the drain. After removing the Phillips screw and setting it in a safe location. chances are it has been a long time since the handle has been removed so it is probably very oxidized and very corroded on the backside. You just need to wiggle it back and forth while keeping it still in the open position.
At the very bottom you will see a hole and chances are it is a flathead screw or a Philips screw or a hex screw, go ahead and remove that and you can pull this plate off, but you do not need to remove this entire screw just loosen it up. Chances are there is some caulk, but you are going to break that loose and carefully pull the plate off and there is your entire cartridge and next is the cover. The valve is what runs water to the hot water, the diverter, and the cold water. The bell socket wrench set are specifically designed to remove your stems from your internal valve. Use a paper towel because you do not want to scratch up the actual chrome portion of the cartridge. Then you are going to carefully loosen it up and once you loosen the cartridge and then it will come out, and on the very bottom of the cartridge is a Philips screw, you are going to remove that Philips screw, take the old rubber gasket out match it to the new one then secure that Philips screw, and put the cartridge back in to the valve.
It is a very important thing that your tile is open enough for your cartridge to come out. If it is not, you will have to chisel or cut a big enough hole to remove the valve. This is very important as the hole in the tile that the hot water stem or cartridge came out of the internal valve inside the wall. This is what is called your seat and, in the event, that your seat is badly damaged or corroded or it has sharp edges right along the face of the seat it is no longer going to create that watertight seal that is required. If you have a very damaged or corroded seat you must replace the entrance. I will walk you through the step-by-step process. If you replace the rubber gasket on your cartridge or stem, and you insert it back, secure it, turn the water back on, and it is still leaking, it’s probably because of this seat. The rubber gaskets that are inside the cartridge rest up against the internal seat to create that watertight seal. Over time these gaskets rub away and warp and crack and dry rot. Be very careful that you put on the correct washer. Next, we are going to carefully insert this back into the valve and tighten it up. As you screw this back into the valve, make sure you do not cross threaded hand tighten it first. At this point the entire cartridge is properly secured and, in the event, that your external pipe was loose, you can pull that off earlier. It is very important not to over tighten this cartridge to the internal valve, you do not want to cause damage to the valve itself. Get the cover plate and re insert and tighten the screw. After that we will re-caulk the seam so no water gets in between the cover plate and the tile and ends up behind the wall causing mold or wet drywall that would not be good. When putting the handle on just make sure you align it properly with the grooves but does not matter where it is positioned, then go ahead and close it. If it is offset, carefully pull it off and you will align it properly where you want it so that is in the off position. After you secure the Philips screw, and everything is lined properly and looking good. Turn the water on and to open it up you will turn it counter clockwise and you will hear the water flowing back and there should be no drips. I hope that helps you learn how to fix a leaky faucet.
Types of Paint Finishes
When you get started in giving your home a fresh new look, you are going to discover that there are so many different types of paints finishes out there to choose from. And it is important to select the right type of paint for the job in hand, from emulsion to wood or metal paints, and other more specialist paints. Even when choosing a white emulsion for walls and ceilings, there is going to be a few options for you to pick from.
There is the standard emulsion in pure brilliant white or ultra-white, that is certainly going to brighten up your home. Or if it is somewhere that needs cleaning more often, like the hallway or a kid’s playroom, then you can still pick a white paint or a light colour, but go for a durable acrylic option, which is going to be easier to maintain. And if you are sick of painting your white wall and then noticing you have missed a spot, then why not try Magic White, because this is a paint that goes on pink and it fades the brilliant white as it dries.
There’s also specialist paint for new plaster that is going to seal it ready for painting with a topcoat or another colour. Or how about base coat which is great if you have an older house with some hairline cracks in the walls that need covering, or if perhaps you are changing from a strong red colour to a much lighter Magnolia. If you would like to create an effect, then you can use textured or rippled paint, which is great for ceilings and a standard cold emotion is ideal for low traffic areas like the dining room and there are lots of ready mixed colour options for you to choose from that will help you get that perfect look.
Like the white ranges though these paints can be selected with a matt silk or soft sheen finish. Some areas around the home are likely to show marks from shoe scuffs or school bags like the stairwell or the kid’s bedrooms, so you need your paint to be super tough. Choose a durable paint with added acrylic for the ultimate in scalability. Kitchen Bathroom paints have been specifically created to withstand the demanding environments of your home. Kitchen paint is going to resist grease and stains and the bathroom paints will resist moisture and steam.
Both paints are tough paints, and you can wipe them down. It is a pain when you run out of paint in the middle of decorating. For specialist jobs, you can buy paints like radiator paint, floor paint, and chalky finished furniture paint and they do what it says on the tin. When it comes to doors, door frames and skirting boards, you no longer need the same emulsion paint that you’ve been using on your walls and ceilings. You can choose from a variety of wood and metal paints and these come with different finishes and colours.
When painting wood for the first time, you are going to need to use a primer or undercoat to seal the wood and this will ensure that your topcoat has something to bond, and remember to match your undercoat your topcoat, so if you’re using a water-based topcoat, then use a water-based undercoat and it’s the same for solvent based paints. If you are at all unsure, check your tin for advice.
A top tip is to tint your primer with a dash of your topcoat to reduce the number of coats that you will need overall, and this will help you ensure the best-looking finish. So, do you choose a water or solvent based product? Well water-based products are less likely to yellow over time, they do dry quicker, and you do not get that strong paint smell all around the home. Plus, they are better for the environment and your brushes and rollers will be easy to clean afterwards.
Do not write solvent based products off altogether. Because these more traditional paints are preferred by tradesmen and do give a better final finish. You just need to make sure that the room you are working in is well ventilated by opening the windows and doors and you are going to need to leave 16 to 24 hours for the coats to dry. Now you can get your brushes clean afterwards with solvent based paints, but it is going to take more effort, you are going to need to soak them in white spirit first.
Solvent based paints can sit in a tin for up to 15 years if not opened and kept away from extreme temperature and water-based paints could last for up to 10 years. After use, any leftover paint should be closed tightly stored in a cool dry place and used within two years. When you reopen a paint that has been sat for some time, it is normal for it to have separated. If you can stir the solids back smoothly into the liquid, chances are you are going to be able to use that paint again. Okay, by now you should have a much clearer idea of which type of paint to choose. So, thanks for reading this post about how to paint your home. Hopefully, you have picked up a few tips on the different types of paint finishes and you’re now keen to get started. So best of luck and happy painting.
The Best Bathroom Vanities
Are you redecorating your bathroom or planning to upgrade it? Well one of the best options is to add is a bathroom vanity countertop with a single or double sink. It not only provides generous space for your toiletries, but also scales up your bathroom environment. When choosing the best unit, you need to consider a lot of factors like the size of the area, the design, the color, and of course your budget. I have reviewed five most popular bathroom vanity top models on the market today.
At number one on my list is the Sonoma double vanity from home decorator’s collection. It comes ready and fully assembled for more convenient installation. This dark charcoal vanity with European Carrara marble top brings a luxury feel and elegance in your bathroom. It features natural marble countertop with its natural swirling or veining design that glams up the overall look of this beautiful piece of furniture. It's predrilled to accommodate two sets of three-hole faucets with about eight inch spreads. It features a 60 by 3-inch backsplash to protect the wall against splashing.
The three soft closed chrome finish working drawers provide space for your beauty and hygiene essentials, keeping everything neat and clean after each use. The other three-fold drawers are purely for aesthetic purposes, enhancing the bathroom vanities sophisticated look. Adding to its functionality are the two soft closed doors with an adjustable interior shelf. The restrained classic design of this vanity is perfect for modern bathrooms. It has recessed panels, simple crown molding, and slightly tapered legs that guarantee maximum durability. It features white ceramic sinks lying to people to brush their teeth or do their beauty rituals at the same time. It measures 34 and a half by 60 by 22 inches with 220 by 7-inch sinks. All hardware components of this product are built from zinc material with a chrome finish to ensure rust resistance. The rest is constructed using engineered wood, plywood, and solid wood. A 90-day return guarantee is provided for each product.
At number two is another popular item from home decorator’s collection. It is the wind low bath man and this white finish furniture is perfect for homeowners who prefer classic and seamless look for their bathroom. It features a white Carrara marble top and backsplash with an intricate veining design that enhances its charm and sophistication. Get this one if you are planning to upgrade or improve the look of your personal hygiene sanctuary. The classic design blends well with other bathroom fixtures and amenities. If you think this is awesome, why not add other pieces of furnishing from the Winslow collection, all of which are crafted with the utmost functionality and flair. The solid wood frame and brushed nickel hardware components of this item guarantee durability and longevity of use. It uses soft close hinges glides which makes pulling and closing the storage cabinets easy it is to flip down drawers to interior shelves, three soft close drawers, and four soft closed doors for all of your bathroom essentials. This 61 by 22 by 35-inch vanity comes with two white undermount vitreous china oval bases. These are predrilled holes in the countertop for eight-inch widespread faucets which you need to buy separately. It is delivered to your doorstep fully assembled and ready for installation. It's also backed up with a one-year limited manufacturer's warranty.
Number three is another impressive product in the Sheffield double vanity from Wyndham Collection. This 22 by 35 by 72-inch unit brings a touch of elegance to your bathroom space, while providing maximum functionality and storage. It has five deep dialogue soft close drawers, which feature fully extended undermount sliding shelves and four functional doors that accommodate all your hygiene essentials. It is carefully crafted with care and precision using the process of 12 stage wood preparation, sanding, painting, and hand finishing. All Metal exterior hardware is brushed chrome finished, which gives it a beautiful, polished shine accent to the solid wood. The low VOC sealed components guarantee high water resistance.
The culture of marble countertop and three-inch backsplash have beautiful swirls and lines, giving this piece of furniture a sleek, luxurious look. The undermount Square sinks are made of premium porcelain material. They are predrilled holes in the countertop for single hole faucets, faucets are not included in the package. This charming all white furnishing features a floor standing design and plenty of counterspace the transitional timeless and clean design will scale up your traditional minimalist or modern themed bathroom as simple or stylish mere will complement this vanity countertop. It requires only minimal assembly during the installation, and it comes with a two-year limited warranty.
At number four on the list is the Wyndham collection, Deborah vanity top and white. This Deborah collection piece combines the authentic English charm, modern touch, and practicality. The floor standing design with a white Carrara 180-pound marble countertop offers convenience during your hygiene routines. The spacious counter features to undermount Square porcelain sinks and widespread three-hole faucet mounts. To protect your wall, it has a three-inch backsplash that comes in two pieces to avoid the breakage possibility. It is constructed using earth friendly zero emission plywood that pass the process of multistage preparation, sanding and finishing to prevent warping and ensure long lasting use. The treated plywood cabinet is coated with a highly water resistant, low VOC sealant. It has nine deep dovetailed drawers and two functional drawers with soft close sliding internal shelves that offer ample space and storage for bathroom essentials. The concealed soft close door hinges and rust resistant chrome finished hardware components enhance its impressive construction. This 22 by 35 by 60-inch vanity top requires minimal assembly to be functional. Faucets are not included so you can choose your preferred design to blend with the overall theme of your bathroom. For a customized and unique look. You can choose among the variations of shading and green on the natural stone for your countertop. It's covered by a two-year limited warranty.
Finally at number five is a premium item the Aberdeen bathroom vanity of home decorator’s collection. spruce up your bathroom area with this gorgeous vanity top that features the highly sought-after white Carrara marble. This 20 to 34 and a half by 36-inch freestanding furniture is primarily designed to fit smaller spaces, though 110-inch countertop offers adequate space while the matching three and a quarter by 23 by quarter inch white backsplash secures your wall against splashing the real marble with natural veining and swirling on the top with tapered legs and chrome finish zinc hardware give it a unique and seamless construction for a consistent ethereal and soft impression. This bathroom vanity uses seven by 20 by 20-inch white vitreous china ceramic sink. The top has predrilled holes for three-hole faucet with an eight inch spread that comes fully assembled and ready to go. There are 222 buy 31 and a half by 36-inch soft closed doors with smart trims, and internal shelf age to accommodate your toiletries and other items. It also includes one photo drawer that serves as an accent for a more elegant look. All cabinets use premium solid wood, engineered wood and plywood materials. This simple vanity top is ideal for people living in a tiny or apartment or condo who want a clutter less bathroom.
With most dishwashers, they do not include a water supply line or power cord because they vary depending on each application. In some applications you may not need a power cord because the electrical connection is hard wired from the house. Always use a new water line anytime you are installing a dishwasher, never use an old one. Please reference your dishwasher’s owner's manual or installation instructions for what is required or suggested for your dishwasher. Some installation parts are universal, and some are model specific. We will start by preparing the cabinet for the plumbing and electrical in the quick installation guide. There is a hole location template that we'll use for the waterline and power cord. If you are replacing a dishwasher or your cabinet already has holes reference the template to ensure the existing holes are within the target location listed in the guide. Otherwise, the supply line and drain hose may get damaged or kinked. If you need to create a hole for the water line and power supply, use a two-and-a-half-inch hole saw in the appropriate template to create the opening. Now drill a hole for the drain hose at the top back of the cabinet. We want this as high up as possible to ensure proper drainage from the dishwasher, preventing siphoning and to prevent water from the sink from backing up into the dishwasher. We will drill this hole from the inside. With the holes drilled we can run the waterline and power cord through the lower hole.
Next, using your tape measure place the waterline six and a half to seven- and three-quarter inches off the left side of the cabinet and the power cord four and a half inches to six inches off the right side. The two need to be in this location to allow the cords to run under the dishwasher through the appropriate channel and if needed, tape them in place. With the cabinet ready it is time to prep the dishwasher. Start by removing the packing materials on the inside and unpacking the twist tie securing the drain hose.
If you need additional clearance for your dishwasher under a lower countertop, you can remove the rear shipping brace. Next remove the two Phillips screws on the lower cover and remove it. If the countertop is made of wood, you will use the provided metal installation brackets by inserting into the slot on the upper frame and using pliers to bend and secure in place. Now carefully slide the dishwasher near the cabinet opening. Run the drain hose through the hole near the top of the cabinet throughout the waterline and power cord through the channels under the dishwasher. Then push back a few inches.
Next, push the machine back a few inches. Then reach inside the cabinet to pull the drain hose height. Repeat this process until the machine is in the desired position. Now raise the front of the dishwasher by adjusting the legs by using a flat blade screwdriver or pliers until the top is approximately 1/8 inch away from the bottom of the counter. Then raise the rear legs by turning the Philips screw at the center of the base until the rear is level with the front. Then check the level of the dishwasher by placing the level across the top of the tub if needed, adjust the front legs.
Next, place the level along the front side of the tub to check level. If the rear legs need adjusting, continue turning the screw. With everything level gently close the door to ensure it has clearance and does not hit anything. Also check that the dishwasher is positioned correctly within the opening.
Since our waterline has a rubber seal inside the fitting, we do not need to apply any Teflon tape before installing Next install the water line onto the dishwasher by threading it onto the copper elbow and tighten down. Then connect the water line to the water supply inside the cabinet. Now remove the Phillips screw on the electrical junction box and remove the cover. Then install the strain relief onto the cord and the dishwasher.
Next, cut the ground wire to allow proper connection. Then using wire nuts tightly twist together the green-to-green wire white to white and black to black, you may need to trim the wires. Now tuck the wires and reinstall the junction box cover.
Now, plug the dishwasher in and turn on the water supply line to check for leaks at the dishwasher and the house. Then press power on the dishwasher select turbo and hit start to ensure it works properly and does not have any leaks.
If you notice any leaks, turn off the water supply and disconnect the power immediately until the week is fixed. Then reinstall the lower cover and the Phillips screws. I hope this article will help you install a dishwasher.
What Paint to Use on Wood
Applying a wood finish does not have to be complicated. Let us look at the basics. To make things even easier on you, some projects may not require any finish at all. Paint is the strongest, most hard-wearing most viable, trouble-free to apply finish there is. If it is long-term toughness, you want to go with paint, we use paint on our houses for reasons because they are subjected to all kinds of harsh weather conditions. The choice of colors is unlimited but the main drawback to paint is that it hides the wood. There are lots of great looking examples of painted furniture and it really should not be discounted as an option. There are two main reasons to apply finish to wood projects first, wood finishes help to protect wood from scratches, moisture, damage spills, stains, and UV damage from sunlight. Secondly, a finish will make wood look great it is very rewarding to watch the color and green pop as soon as you apply a finish plus a nicely completed piece is very solid and it just feels great.
No matter what type of finish you use, it is important to sand your projects. First start with a 120-grit sandpaper and then move up to 220-grit sandpaper and stopped there. There is rarely any reason to sand to any finer grit because the smooth feel of your surfaces will come from the finish that you apply. After sanding make sure you remove all the sawdust from your project because dust particles are the bane of a good finish. Vacuum the surfaces then remove them off with a tack cloth, then with a washed, lint free material such as an old t shirt. Wipe everything down with mineral spirits or paint thinner and this will also highlight any dents that are in the wood or any dried glue you may have missed. This gives you a quick preview of what the wood will look like once it is finished. If you go to a home center or hardware store, it is easy to be overwhelmed with choices. There are a lot of ways you could finish wood and there are entire books about finishing. I am going to discuss a few of the most common finishes that hobbyists might want to use.
There are two main kinds of finish. Firstly, a layered finish one that sticks to the surface of the wood, kind of like paint does, this includes polyurethane lacquer and other varnishes. Secondly, an oil finish one that penetrates the grain of the wood such as linseed oil or tung oil. In general, a layered finish will offer a lot more protection to the wood, but it can look a little artificial or in some cases kind of plasticky. Oil finishes on the other hand are kind of earthier, the wood looks great and more natural, but they do not offer nearly as much protection.
Polyurethane is probably the most popular finish today. The biggest drawback is that it can be very time consuming to apply to get a good finish, you need to apply at least three coach which realistically might take three days. Putting on any finish with a brush is dissimilar than painting and the goal is to prevent brushing back and forth and forming streaks or causing air bubbles. It is a good idea to pour your finish into a separate container to use rather than straight out of the can. This will help prevent contaminating your main supply. I like to start by conditioning my brush and dipping it in mineral spirits and soaking the bristles. Dip the brush into the finish all the way up to the feral and let it soak up as much as it can lightly press the tip against the can to remove any excess that might drip. A good quality brush should hold quite a bit of finish started.
Start at one edge of the wood and try to apply the finish in one long stroke along the entire length of the board. Pressing down more and more on the brush as you get to the end, letting it release the finish the entire way, fill the brush up again and apply more slightly overlapping the first stroke. Avoid brushing back and forth as if you were painting a fence. Use long steady strokes trying to let the finish flow as evenly as possible. Brush slowly and do not stop to take a break until the entire surface is completely covered. If you find that you have missed a spot skip it just leaves it for the next coat. If you try to dab in a patch, it can make it look worse. It is a good idea to start with the edges and vertical surfaces of a project, then finish up with the top surface. Check the back of the canvas see how much time you need to let it dry between coats. It could be five hours or more for an oil-based polyurethane and less time for water based. Dry times will also differ based on temperature and humidity.
Once each coat is dry, it should be lightly sanded with 32- grit sandpaper to remove any dust nibs and help smooth the surface but do not drive yourself crazy trying to get every inch perfectly sanded. Polyurethane will adhere just fine to the previous layer even without sanding, but sanding will give the finish a smoother feel and make sure you remove all the sanding dust before applying the next coat. Pay extra special care to applying the final coat to avoid brush marks runs and streaks and use a good quality brush. You can buy oil or water-based polyurethane, both provide excellent protection to wood, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Water based polyurethane is a lot easier to use. It has less odor and cleanup are easy with just soap and water. To clean up oil-based polyurethane you will need mineral spirits. Water based polyurethane dries a lot faster than oil-based polyurethane, but you will need to apply more coats. Usually, three coats are fine for oil, but water-based poly will need four or even more coats.
The biggest difference in the two types is how they look on wood. I prefer oil-based polyurethane because it gives the wood a warmer somewhat amber look that most people find very pleasing. Water based polyurethane is clear, but people complain that it looks like a plastic coating on wood.
There is a third option called wipe on poly which is just regular polyurethane that the manufacturer has thinned down with mineral spirits you can just make your own and it's easy to apply, just pour some on a rag and wipe it on the wood. Wipe on poly finish can look great and sometimes even better than a brushed-on finish but you will probably need to add more coats of it for good results. Almost all wood furniture that you buy at a store is finished with lacquer. In industrial and professional production environment it's always sprayed on with a HVLP sprayer.
There are two easier options available for hobbyists and weekend woodworkers. The first is brushing lacquer, apply it using the exact same brushing procedure I described for polyurethane. The only change in technique is to brush a little faster and do not brush it back and forth. Lacquer will dry so quickly that it can gum up if you overwork it. If you miss a spot, do not try to fix it. Just get it in the next coat. If you can set up a backlight so that you can look across the surface as you apply the finish that helps a lot. The best part about lacquer is that you do not need to sand it between coats rather than sitting on top of each other each coat fuses into the one beneath it and this combination of fast drying and not having to sand allows you to build up lots of coats of lacquer in a very short time.
You will require lacquer thinner to clean your brushes, but you do not clean the brushes thoroughly between coats. Just wrap the brush in a paper towel or rag moistened with lacquer thinner and just put it in a plastic bag. You can lightly sand the surface before applying the final coat of lacquer, this will knock down any little dust nibs or drips and make the topcoat very smooth. A lacquer from a spray can is my go-to finish. It is easy to apply just spray it on in a back-and-forth motion being careful not to get too close or too slow where it can develop drips or runs.
For small projects, spray lacquer is a fantastic finish. You do not need any brushes or lacquer thinner. After the lacquer has fully cured in 24 hours or you can smooth out the topcoat and this is what separates a good finish from a great finish. One that is very tactile and feel smooth without any dust nibs or other imperfections You can always use gloss lacquer to get an easy satin finish by lightly sanding the surface with Faurot steel wool or a grey synthetic scrubbing pad. If you want, you can rub that finish to a super high gloss finish using finer and finer sandpaper and pumice. You can buy satin lacquer, but you will still need to rub down that final coat if you want it to have that great tactile feel. Gloss lacquer is just more versatile, but lacquer can be more expensive than other finishes, especially the spray cans. Lacquer has a very strong odor that can be harmful to breathe so use a respirator rated for organic vapors and solvent filtering.
Some people complain about the look of lacquered finishes saying they look too artificial. An oil finish is a great option, and it is really the easiest finish to apply but an oil finish doesn't offer much protection to wood. It would not be a good choice for a dining table or a desk that is subjected to a lot of use. An oil finish can be a good option for decorative pieces like picture frames or jewelry boxes. Oil finishes are arguably the most natural looking close to the wood earthy ways to finish wood.
There are two types of oil finishes, tung oil and linseed oil. They both penetrate the wood unlike lacquer or polyurethane that builds up on top of the wood. Applying either one is easy, you just pour some on a rag or directly on the wood surface and wipe it in. Let it sit for five to 10 minutes and wipe it off. If using linseed oil let it dry for a couple of hours and then lightly sand the surface and apply a second coat.
There is not any benefit to applying any more coats than two, let it dry overnight. Tung oil on the other hand can take days, use the same wipe on wipe off procedure as linseed oil but let it dry 24 hours before sanding it and applying the next coat. You will need to apply four or five coats. The benefit to tung oil is that it offers more water resistance than linseed oil. It might be a good choice for an end table that does not get a whole lot of use. If water resistance is your main concern, just use polyurethane or lacquer.
A third alternative to consider is an oil finish called Danish oil and it's actually a blend of polyurethane and tung or linseed oil. It does not look quite as natural as a pure oil finish, and it doesn't offer the protection of a layered finish. A lot of people apply a coat of straight polyurethane on top of the Danish oil for added protection. Finishing does not have to be a real chore and for small projects. You cannot go wrong with the simplicity of spray lacquer.