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Staircase makeover complete using Aqua Coat Grain Filler by a happy customer
October 01 2020

  Look at these pictures to show that Aqua Coat Grain Filler can be used for a staircase makeover.  Thank you to Revive and Decor for using Aqua Coat on this project.  This staircase turned out great. We love to see customer's projects like this.   Please send quality images to sales@aquacoat.com so we can display them proudly for you.

14-Year High for Housing and why it's important to the painting industry
September 28 2020

  Aqua Coat found this interesting article, 14-Year High for Housing, from American Painting Contractor.  Why is this of interest to the painting industry?  Read on and you will see.  Is your business on a 14-year high?  National Association of Realtors announced that August hit a 14-year high in EXISTING home sales last month.  NAHB announced strong builder confidence as the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) reached an all...

Happy Customer, Finishing Headquarters, updated kitchen
September 25 2020

We love to see pictures of the projects you make with Aqua Coat.  Check out these awesome pictures of an updated kitchen from Finishing Headquarters.  What a difference filling the grain and painting make!   Send us your photos to sales@aquacoat.com and we will share them also!

Kitchen Makeover - How to use Aqua Coat White Cabinet Grain Filler and product review
September 21 2020

One of the quickest and easiest ways to refresh and renew a tired kitchen is to paint your cabinets.  There is a huge pull right now to paint kitchen oak cabinets.  But when you paint your cabinets, do you want the open grain to be showing through on all your hard work?

Aqua Coat Clear Grain Filler used on transferring images to wood
September 14 2020

Aqua Coat was notified by another happy customer from DASS ART about how they use Aqua Coat Clear Wood Grain Filler for their projects.  One surface they transfer images to is the beetle kill blue pine.  To use wood for this process the surface must be prepared.  This involves using the clear grain filler to fully fill the wood grain before sanding it smooth.  That is where Aqua Coat Clear...

5 Guitar Finishes That Totally Rock
September 10 2020

5 Guitar Finishes That Totally Rock

Finishing a guitar correctly is vital. A finish can make or break the instrument, giving it a shine, glow, and bringing it to life at one end, or stifling the body and dulling the appeal if you get it wrong.

Did you play Cornhole this past holiday weekend?
September 08 2020

How many played Cornhole this past holiday weekend?  Did you know that Aqua Coat can be used on the boards to attain a smooth finish?  Happy customer Paul enjoyed his Cornhole boards after using Aqua Coat. "Just finished my first set of Cornhole boards using Aqua Coat Top Coat Semigloss.  Very smooth and bubble-free finish.  Used a foam pad floor applicator.  Just a really great result." Thank you Paul for the image.  Send...

Thinking Thursday - Are you ready for the new wood dust requirements?
September 03 2020

Aqua Coat found this interesting article in the August 2020 edition of Woodworking Network written by Ben Dipzinski.  As woodworkers, we have responsibility to manage our wood waste.  New requirements in NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 652 “Standard on the fundamentals of Combustible Dust” took effect September 1, 2020 and therefore require immediate attention.  As defined by NFPA “combustible dust” is “A combustible particulate solid that presents a fire or...

Facebook Live Video featuring woodworking expert, George Vondriska!!
August 31 2020

In case you missed woodworking guru, George Vondriska from Woodworkers Guild of America on Facebook Live last week, please check out his VIDEO using Aqua Coat grain filler. He demonstrated how to use the grain filler and also showed how to use the grain filler to apply color to fill wood. https://www.facebook.com/WoodworkersGuild/videos/304315500797123/

TODAY, AUGUST 27TH AT 11AM central time, watch woodworking Guru, George Vondriska on Facebook live using Aqua Coat!!
August 27 2020


TOMORROW, August 27th at 11am central time, Watch Woodworking Guru on Facebook Live using Aqua Coat
August 26 2020


Watch Woodworking Guru on Facebook Live using Aqua Coat, Thursday, August 27th at 11am central time
August 25 2020


Custom Guitar Pictures using Aqua Coat Products
August 18 2020

  Take a look at these stunning pictures of this guitar from happy Aqua Coat customer, Dave.   "I have been using your product exclusively as my finish of choice on my custom guitars."   Thank you Dave for letting us display your pictures and show how Aqua Coat products helped you achieve an amazing look for your guitars.   Please send us your quality photos to sales@aquacoat.com so we...

Thinking Thursday - Is your cleaner damaging your hardwood tables and countertops?
August 13 2020

The people at Hardwood Lumber and Millwork put together this informative article on what cleaner to use for hardwood tables and countertops, without damaging them with the wrong products.  In this article, they looked at different factors and products and came up with the following conclusion.

New Use of Aqua Coat Grain Filler on Art Quilting Customer
August 12 2020

We always love hearing how our products are used on different projects. Just found out from a customer Bill and Barb at Thread and Timber, they are using Aqua Coat on their art quilting projects. They make beautiful quilts and then frame them into pieces of art. They just finished a project called Apple River and used Aqua Coat Clear Grain Filler with Satin Aqua Thane Top Coats on the...

Vintage Dresser Makeover
July 30 2020

Thank you to Revive and Decor for these beautiful images of this vintage dresser using Aqua Coat products.  All the hard work you put into this dresser really paid off. Please send us quality images so we can display your projects also to sales@aquacoat.com.

How Do I Prepare My Wooden Doors for Staining
July 28 2020

Any realtor will tell you that a beautifully stained wood front door is a selling point and a great first impression. Kitchen cabinets and all wooden doors add richness to a home

Happy Customer's Table
July 28 2020

Happy Customer, Garron, finished this table for his customer.  He used Aqua Coat's Aqua Thane Top Coat Satin with our cross-linker. Send us quality pictures of your projects using Aqua Coat products for us to display to sales@aquacoat.com.

New Trend in the Use of Water-Based Stains
July 26 2020

In the past, stains were generally oil-based. This was the accepted norm even though they were challenging to use, especially for the DIY user. An oil-based stain is not easy to work with; it's difficult to remove from brushes, clothes, and even skin. 

Stunning Picture of a Jazz Guitar
July 23 2020

Thank you to Dan at Smocke Guitars for sending us this stunning picture of a jazz guitar using Aqua Coat products. "It turned out beautiful and is still holing up after 1 1/2 years.  Nice product."

Beautiful Drums using Aqua Coat
July 16 2020

Happy customer Todd sent us this beautiful picture of his drums using Aqua Coat. We would love to feature your projects too! Send us your Aqua Coat projects you are most proud of to sales@aquacoat.com.

Happy Customer using Aqua Coat Products on a table
July 14 2020

Here are some images from another happy customer, Mark.  He used our Aqua Coat Grain Filler and the Aqua Coat Lacquer to finish this beautiful table. Send your images of your beautiful projects to sales@aquacoat.com so we can feature them.

Happy Customer and his guitar
July 09 2020

"Amazing finish and easy application," according to happy customer Patrick Butler.   He used Aqua Coat's grain filler and top coats on his handcrafted American Black Walnut Butler Guitar.   We always love seeing customer's projects using our products. Please send them to sales@aquacoat.com so we can feature them.

Happy Customer Images
July 07 2020

We received these images from a happy customer.  He used X-119 Aqua Coat Sanding Sealer followed by Aqua Coat Clear Lacquer gloss.  Looks great! Send us your proud projects so we can feature them also to sales@aquacoat.com.

Aqua Coat's waterbased Aqua Tone Stains
June 25 2020

Aqua Coat's water-based Aqua Tone Stains will add color and beauty to your wood and give your project depth and vibrancy.  They can be used on any interior application and are made from the highest quality aniline dyes and pigments.  It can be brushed, wiped, sprayed, or dipped.   This fast-drying, non-bleeding, non-fading wood stain produces an even tone on all woods with low grain raise.  It is designed for...

Happy Customer using Aqua Coat product
June 18 2020

We received this from @TBPainters using our Aqua Coat Clear Grain Filler. "Our first time using Aqua Coat grain filler on our deep pores of this birch that we stain matched and clear coated to replace a water damaged cabinet end and kicker.  Awesome stuff." We would love to feature your projects too!  Send us your Aqua Coat projects you are most proud of to sales@aquacoat.com.   https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0336/7677/files/20200611_165218_298311158211617_5.mp4?v=1592503603  

Thinking Thursday - Kitchen cabinet refinishing vs replacement: Which do I need?
June 11 2020

Your kitchen cabinets take up a lot of real estate in your kitchen, so if they are showing their age, they can start to drag down the look and value of the whole room.  While we all dream of doing the big kitchen renovation, if that is not in the cards, focusing on your cabinetry may be a good project to update your kitchen.  Deciding between refinishing and replacing kitchen...

Watch Paint Life and The Idaho Painter, Chris Berry, try Aqua Coat White Cabinet Grain Filler
June 02 2020

Watch Paint Life and The Idaho Painter, Chris Berry, try Aqua Coat White Cabinet Grain Filler to receive a glassy, smooth finish on wood grain oak cabinets.

Watch Aqua Coat's President on Facebook Live tomorrow, May 22nd at 4pm central time with Chris Berry, The Idaho Painter
May 21 2020

Watch Aqua Coat President, Brian Barry, on Facebook Live tomorrow, May 22nd, at 4pm central time with Chris Berry, The Idaho Painter, talking about Aqua Coat White Cabinet Grain Filler and answering questions.   The Idaho Painter offers free DIY and professional painting and home improvement videos, blogs, and tips on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. Follow @TheIdahoPainter on Facebook and you can watch it live on Friday, May 22nd at...

Check out the demo by Sam the Finishing Man on using Aqua Coat White Cabinet Grain Filler
May 20 2020

With grain filler or without?  It's up to you. Here is a great video from Sam the Finishing Man on using Aqua Coat White Cabinet Grain Filler.  He uses sample boards to show you how to apply the grain filler and what it looks like with and without grain filler.  Happy Filling!

Spray-Net Ottawa-West uses Aqua Coat Grain Filler to transform kitchen
May 14 2020

Look at this awesome transformation from Spray-Net (Ottawa-West) using our grain filler. These before and after images are great. BEFORE USING AQUA COAT GRAIN FILLER AFTER USING AQUA COAT GRAIN FILLER

Aqua Coat's President being Interviewed on APC's Paint Radio podcast about Aqua Coat White Cabinet Grain Filler
May 07 2020

Listen to Aqua Coat’s President on APC’s Paint Radio podcast educating contractors on how to use Aqua Coat White Cabinet Grain Filler to obtain a smooth finish on kitchen cabinets. Achieving a glass smooth finish with grain fillers is not as hard as you’d think. Especially with today’s modern products. Learn everything you would ever want to know about grain fillers in the Paint Radio podcast.

With Grain Filler or Without? You decide.
April 30 2020

With Grain Filler or Without? You decide.   Woods such as oak, mahogany and walnut are characterized as having “open grain” because the wood pores are large. In contrast, “closed grain” woods like hard maple, cherry, poplar and beech have smaller pores. You don’t have to fill the pores of any wood before applying a finish. It’s a matter of what you want the final surface to feel and look like.  ...

April 28 2020


Thinking Thursday - What are VOCs and should we be concerned?
April 23 2020

  News stories about chemical dangers in food, in health products, where we work and in our homes, appear almost daily, so we worry.     Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) are carbon-containing compounds that, as the product dries, get released into the air where they react with other elements to produce ozone, which in turn causes air pollution and health issues. It makes sense, then, to limit those VOCs in our...

Thinking Thursday - What are your most common questions about Aqua Coat products or wood finishing questions?
April 16 2020

Send us your most common questions you have or receive from customers.  These might be questions other people have and with your help we can give them the answer.  Aqua Coat has a link with our most frequently asked questions about our products and general wood finishing questions.  If you haven’t already, take a look and see what you didn’t know yet.  We would love to add any helpful frequently asked questions...

Looking for Images from Customers
April 09 2020

A testimonial from a customer: "This product is fantastic! We have red cabinets that I wanted to paint off white. We wanted to kill the grain so I practiced on our laundry room. They are beautiful! I just ordered enough to hopefully finish my kitchen." We are always looking for images to share from happy customers using our products.  Please email images to sales@aquacoat.com.  

Looking for something to do?
April 06 2020

It's a good time to bring out wood's natural beauty. Aqua Coat is your home for water based, non-flammable, non-combustible, low odor, low-voc, eco-friendly and easy to apply paints, seal coats, top coats, sanding sealers, stains and fillers. Switching to water based products might save you time and money. Visit us at www.aquacoat.com for products to help you with your home projects.

Weekend Handyman - Aqua Coat White Cabinet Grain Filler at the National Hardware Show
March 30 2020


From Start to Finish – Finishing Cabinets with Aqua Coat Products
March 25 2020

From start to finish – Finishing Cabinets with Aqua Coat Products If you’re here, you probably already know about Aqua Coat’s line of environmentally friendly water-based, low VOC products. You almost certainly know of our excellent reputation for quality. Our products aren't just designed to make you feel good about using them, and they are meant to create a finished project that looks great. If you don't already know about...

Aqua Coat - Who Uses the Product?
March 25 2020

Who uses environmentally friendly Aqua Coat products? And what can you use them for? After all, some might consider it a niche market with limited applications. Well, they would be mistaken. Aqua Coat products are used by any number of professionals and hobbyists for countless applications. That's because all of Aqua Coat's products – stains, seal coats, topcoats, and grain fillers - all of our low-odor and low-VOC are crafted...

Eric Reason talks with Brian Barry about Aqua Coat Grain Fillers and Water Base Coatings
March 09 2020


Thinking Thursday - Why choose water-based products?
March 05 2020

Fifty years ago, virtually all paint products were solvent based.  They contained high levels of organic compounds.  These solvents facilitate application, drying and the formation of a durable, regular film.  On the negative side, when these compounds evaporate, they release Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere resulting in a strong odor and toxic impact on the environment.  Stricter environmental regulations have required paint manufacturers to dramatically reduce the levels...

Thinking Thursday - Why use a sanding sealer?
February 27 2020

Applying sanding sealer is a vital step in finishing high-quality furniture and trim. The difference between a project with a professional-looking finish or one that just looks okay is attention to detail and patience. Attention to detail means taking the time to prepare the wood properly and patience means you need to take extra time to finish the project. One of those extra steps is to use a sanding sealer....

The Recycled Workshop
February 23 2020

  We at Aqua Coat are all about sustainability and staying as environmentally friendly as possible. We also recognize that things still need to get gone. Projects still need to happen, and the works don't stop. As such, we like to provide you with advice that will help you to get done what you need to get done in as environmentally friendly a way as possible while even saving you...

What to do with Left Over Paint and Stain
February 22 2020

  You’ve bought plenty of environmentally friendly, water-based paint, stain, and other products from Aqua Coat. You've used recycled or reclaimed wood from pallets and other sources. You've refinished furniture rather than throwing it out and buying new. Where that was impractical, you've repurposed it. You've been as environmentally conscious as possible in how you conduct your business and pursue your hobbies. However, if you are anything like me, no matter...

Thinking Thursday - What causes blotching?
February 20 2020

Blotching can be caused by stain penetrating deeper into some parts of the wood than in others.  It depends a lot on moisture in the wood and the types of wood.  It is common with woods that have uneven densities. Hardwoods like oak and maple do not usually need blotch protector because due to the hardness they absorb stain consistently across the wood.  Softwoods such as pine, birch and some...

Thinking Thursday - What you need to know about water-based film formation
February 06 2020

During the process of film formation, which is the water evaporating from the coating film, both temperature and humidity in your environment are some of the factors that affect the formation of a water-based coating.  Application of a water-based product to a surface whose temperature is above or below 50 to 80 degrees F could cause the coating to have poor durability.  Temperature is only one of the external factors...
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