Wood Restoration-Wood Refinishing

Wood Restoration

At Brendel Restoration, we are master craftsmen specializing in touch up, refinishing and restoration of fine wood products.

Our professionals perform quality restoration services for all types of luxury woodwork. Even the highest quality wood surfaces can become scratched during moving, installation, or simply years of usage. “At Brendel Restoration, we travel across the United States performing on-site touch-up and field finishing of fine wood products and surfaces”.

Exterior Finishing

Most of our exterior projects are done using Sikkens Cetol Door and Window Satin & Gloss which is a high performance finish for specialty applications such as exterior doors and windows. This alkyd high solids formulation offers optimum protection and a distinctive look for these unique areas.

Available as a clear satin, clear gloss, or four ready-mix colors in satin. The high solids alkyd resin used in Cetol Door and Windows is another example of the advancements central to the Sikkens Next Wave Technology.

Recommended Uses: exterior wood entrance doors, exterior finishing, exterior finishing wood garage doors, window frames, fiberglass doors.

Features and Benefits of High Solids Alkyd: Excellent film build for optimum protection and premium look.

Translucent Iron Oxide Pigments & UV Absorbers – Combination gives high performance UV protection preventing graying and deterioration. Excellent Microporosity & Flexibility – Minimizes blistering and cracking due to expansion and contraction or moisture build-up.


“At Brendel Restoration we use┬áthe most “up to date” technology to ensure the highest quality results”.

Our master craftsmen have worked in some of the nation’s premier spaces making damaged fine wood look beautiful again. Rely on the best wood restoration professionals to bring your project to a timely completion or to restore wood to its original luster.

Our work is not limited to architectural woodwork and furniture. We have been asked to treat and preserve numerous historical wooden artifacts which includes antique crosses dating back as far at the 16th century and antique wood carousel horses.

We can reproduce quality ornamental and architectural carvings along with wood refinishing and restoration. At Brendel’s facility we keep the dying art of carving alive and well.

Contact us today to learn more!

Quality Wood Refinishing

Shellac is a resin secreted by the female lac bug, on trees in the forests of India and Thailand It is processed and sold as dry flakes which are dissolved in denatured alcohol to make liquid shellac, which is used as a brush-on colorant, food glaze and wood finish. Shellac functions as a tough all-natural primer, sanding sealant, tannin-blocker, odor-blocker, stain, and high gloss varnish. Shellac is often the only historically appropriate finish for early 20th-century hardwood floors, and wooden wall and ceiling paneling.

From the time it replaced oil and wax finishes in the 19th century, shellac was the dominant wood finish in the western world. Shellac comes in many warm colors, ranging from a very light blond (“platina”) to a very dark brown (“garnet”), with all shades of brown and yellow and orange and red in between. The color is influenced by the sap of the tree the lac bug is living on, as well as the time of harvest. Historically, the most commonly-sold shellac is called “orange shellac”, and was used extensively as a combination stain and protectorate on wood paneling and cabinetry in the 20th century.

Shellac was once very common, being available any place paints or varnishes were sold (such as hardware stores). However, less expensive, more transparent, and more abrasion- and chemical-resistant finishes, such as polyurethane, have almost completely replaced it in the world of decorative residential fine wood finishing such as for hardwood floors, wooden wainscoting, plank paneling, and kitchen cabinets. These alternative products, however, must be applied over a stain if the user wants the wood colored; shellac wasn’t applied over a stain, as it was orange/amber in color by itself, and so functioned as a combination stain and protective topcoat. “Wax over shellac” (an application of buffed-on paste wax over several coats of shellac) is often regarded as a beautiful finish for hardwood floors.

wood refinishing

Faux: We use faux techniques in our repair and touch-up service, but we also perform large scale faux finishing on luxury and fine wood furniture or architectural elements. Faux finishes Marbleizing or faux marbling is used to make walls and furniture look like real marble. This can be done using either plaster or glaze techniques. Example of faux painting a wood design Graining, wood graining, or faux bois (French for “fake wood”) is often used to imitate exotic or hard-to-find wood varieties. Trompe l’oeil, “trick the eye” in French, is a realistic painting technique often used in murals, and to create architectural details. Venetian plaster is a smooth and often shiny plaster design that appears textured but is smooth to the touch. Venetian plaster is one of the most popular and traditional plaster decorations. Color wash is a free-form finish that creates subtle variations of color using multiple hues of glaze blended together with a paint brush. Strie, from the French word meaning “stripe” or “streak”, is a glazing technique that creates soft thin streaks of color using a paint brush. It is a technique often used to simulate fabrics such as linen and denim. Rag painting or ragging is a glazing technique using twisted or bunched up rags to create a textural pattern.

Catalyzed Finishes including lacquers, varnishes, and urethanes : Quick cure times and strong chemical resistance are the trademarks of these coatings.

What they lack in in clarity they make up for in durability, this is why they are the most often specified for commercial applications. Catalyzed Finishes are more difficult to touch-up and repair.

Polyester: Tricky to apply but easy to sand and polish. It’s durability is unmatched. We have mastered this coating and we have several methods for a successful repair. Polyesters are widely used as a finish on high-quality fine wood products such as guitars, pianos and vehicle / yacht interiors. Thixotropic properties of spray-applicable polyesters make them ideal for use on open-grain timbers, as they can quickly fill wood grain, with a high-build film thickness per coat. Cured polyesters can be sanded and polished to a high-gloss durable finish.

Locally we are in Baltimore, Maryland, and often serve Northern Virginia (NOVA), and all surrounding areas of Washington DC.

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