Lighting

That's the key to a good finish.

If you want to get superior results when you finish, you have to be able to see what you're doing. That means the right types of light, properly placed. Here are three typical situations:

• Inclusions. When you're inspecting for inclusions (junk suspended within the finish), the light should be coming from your direction, so that reflections don't obscure your view into the finish.

• Imperfections. When you're inspecting for surface imperfections like "orange peel" (a dimpled-lookmg finish) or dust nibs, you need to position a portable light so that you're viewing its reflection at about a 60-degree angle away from you.

• Finish Quality. Inspecting the quality of the finish calls for two light sources: you'll need stationary lights and a portable light to provide good reflection.

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