David Yeoman

I'm a technical writer who writes in-depth articles for readers wanting uncomplicated explanations for creative topics made difficult by industry jargon. I'm a woodworker, metalworker, landscape photographer, writer, Python and PostgreSQL programmer, and pilot. Freelance after 42 years in the corporate world, I have an MBA in Technology.

David Yeoman

Polycrylic is one of the new breeds of water-based clear coats on the market. It’s an excellent product that offers many benefits, yet some of those benefits can make it tricky to apply without knowing a few tips.  Regular readers will know that I have over 40 years of making every mistake possible in woodworking. …

How to Apply Minwax Polycrylic Without Streaks or Brush Marks Read More »

With so many surface coating products for sale, it can be confusing to know what each does and how it compares to other products. Polycrylic seems to cause a lot of confusion with readers, who regularly ask how it relates to polyurethane and where you’d use it. Over the past 40-odd years of woodworking, I’ve …

Polycrylic vs. Polyurethane: What’s The Difference? Read More »

Using polyurethane over stain is a great way to seal the timber, enhance the woodgrain and add richness to the color of the stain. However, it can get confusing these days with the multitude of clear topcoat products on the market. Readers are often unclear on what products can be used in conjunction with other …

Can You Use Water-Based Polyurethane Over Oil-Based Stain? Read More »

Querying whether it’s necessary to sand between coats of polyurethane is a perennial question, and you’ll hear many opinions online. The short answer is yes, you should. For some polyurethanes, it’s necessary, and for all polyurethanes, it’s recommended. My experience with polyurethane began over 40-years ago when I used it to coat just about everything …

Sanding Between Coats of Polyurethane: Is it Necessary? Read More »

Knowing how long it takes for polyurethane to dry is particularly important when using the product on a floor. Start using the room too early, and all the hard work of applying the finish is undone. While the answer to the drying time of polyurethane should be straightforward, there are a few variables to understand. …

How Long Does Polyurethane Take to Dry? Read More »

Yes, you can put polyurethane over paint. However, there are a few tips and tricks to get the quality finish you seek. There are also one or two things you shouldn’t do unless you want to spend a lot of money and waste a lot of time. I like polyurethane in certain applications. While I’m …

Can You Put Polyurethane Over Paint [Expert Answer] Read More »

There is no rule to say you must seal wood after staining. However, while stain colors the wood and raises the grain, it doesn’t protect the underlying timber. So no, you don’t have to seal stained wood, but I strongly advise you to. I’ve been woodworking for many years, and when I started, I often …

Do you have to seal stained wood? Read More »

There are several ways you can lighten stained wood, using chemical, mechanical, and surface coating methods. It’s a technique that has gained favor in recent years as people repurpose old furniture to suit today’s fashions and interior designs. I grew up with a mother who loved buying antique furniture. It then fell to my father …

How to Lighten Dark Stained Wood (Step-By-Step Guide) Read More »

Knowing how long to let a wood stain dry before applying a polyurethane topcoat is complicated by the wide selection of water and oil-based stains and polyurethanes on the market today. If the stain isn’t correctly cured, the polyurethane will wipe off the stain or not adhere well. You waste time and money while messing …

How Long to Let Stain Dry Before Polyurethane? Read More »

While applying polyurethane is easy, applying it to get a high-quality finish is a little harder. We are often asked how to fix a bad polyurethane job, so today, we’ll run through the most common mistakes people make when using polyurethane and how best to fix them. I’ve used a lot of oil-based polyurethane in …

How to Fix Polyurethane Mistakes (Step-By-Step) Read More »