Advanced Coating & Sealing Techniques

At New Finish, we use cutting-edge techniques to protect and revitalize various materials. Explore our specialized solutions now!

At New Finish, we pride ourselves on our expertise in the crucial aspects of coating and sealing in refinishing projects, whether for your cozy home or your bustling commercial space. Our approach combines traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology, ensuring that every surface we touch is not only aesthetically pleasing but also resilient and long-lasting. We understand that the right refinishing techniques are more than just the final touches; they are the guardians of your investment, protecting against wear, tear, and the elements.

Delving deeper into our process, we focus on personalized solutions tailored to each project’s unique requirements. This might involve using specialized epoxy coatings for industrial floors that demand extra durability, or applying water-based sealants for wooden surfaces in homes to enhance their natural beauty while safeguarding them from moisture and UV damage. We’re not just service providers; we’re your refinishing partners, dedicated to bringing your vision to life with precision and care. Every stroke of our brush and every layer of sealant is applied with an understanding of its impact, not just today, but for years to come.

Types of Coatings in Refinishing

In the refinishing industry, the selection of the right type of coating is critical for achieving desired aesthetics, durability, and protection. At New Finish, we specialize in a variety of coatings, each suited for specific applications and environments. Here’s an overview of the most common types of coatings used in both residential and commercial projects.


In the realm of paints, the choice largely hinges on the project’s specific requirements. Water-based paints, including latex and acrylic, are celebrated for their user-friendliness and swift drying times, making them an ideal choice for interior walls. They are also appreciated for their lower emission of odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). On the other hand, oil-based paints are renowned for their durability and lustrous finish. They are frequently used for surfaces like trim and molding that benefit from a high-gloss appearance.


Varnishes, such as polyurethane and alkyd variants, offer robust and resistant finishes suitable for a variety of surfaces. Polyurethane varnish, available in both water and oil-based forms, is particularly effective for flooring, doors, and outdoor furniture due to its durability and range of sheen options. Alkyd varnish, recognized for its toughness, is typically employed on surfaces that endure frequent use. While it dries slower and may yellow over time, its protective qualities are unparalleled.


Lacquers, including nitrocellulose and acrylic types, are known for their rapid drying properties and high-gloss finishes. Nitrocellulose lacquer is a favored choice for furniture and cabinetry, offering a durable and attractive finish. Acrylic lacquers, being less toxic and more eco-friendly, are commonly used in automotive and musical instrument finishes, offering both resilience and an aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Stains and Dyes

Stains and dyes, whether oil or water-based, play a significant role in enhancing the natural beauty of wood. Oil-based stains are adept at penetrating deeply into the wood, enriching its natural grain and color. Water-based stains, conversely, are characterized by their less pronounced odor, quicker drying times, and ease of cleanup, even though they may not penetrate as deeply as their oil-based counterparts.

Epoxy Coatings

Epoxy coatings are a cornerstone in industrial and heavy-duty applications. Solvent-based epoxies are incredibly hard-wearing, making them ideal for industrial floors and areas exposed to intense wear and chemical exposure. Water-based epoxies, offering a balance between resilience and reduced toxicity, are well-suited for residential applications like garages and basements.

Specialty Coatings

Specialty coatings, such as heat-resistant, anti-graffiti, and UV-resistant coatings, cater to specific needs. Heat-resistant coatings are essential in areas prone to high temperatures, while anti-graffiti coatings are beneficial for exterior walls in urban settings, simplifying graffiti removal. UV-resistant coatings are crucial for outdoor applications where sun exposure can cause fading and damage.

Sealants and Primers

Sealants and primers are integral in preparing and protecting surfaces. Sealants provide an essential protective layer, sealing off pores in materials like wood and concrete to guard against moisture and environmental wear. Primers, on the other hand, are crucial for prepping surfaces for painting, ensuring improved paint adhesion and a more uniform finish.


Application Techniques in Refinishing

The application of coatings in refinishing is an art that requires skill, precision, and an understanding of the materials at hand. At New Finish, our expertise in various application techniques ensures that each project achieves its desired finish and longevity.


Brushing is a traditional and widely used technique, especially suited for smaller projects or detailed work. This method allows for a high degree of control and precision. Natural bristle brushes are typically used for oil-based paints and varnishes, while synthetic brushes are preferred for water-based coatings. Brushing is ideal for surfaces that require a handcrafted look, or when working in areas where spraying is not feasible.


Rolling is another common technique, particularly effective for covering large, flat surfaces like walls and floors. Rollers come in different textures and sizes, allowing for versatility depending on the type of coating and the desired finish. For instance, foam rollers are often used for smooth surfaces and high-gloss finishes, while nap rollers are better for textured surfaces or matte finishes. Rolling is faster than brushing and can still provide an even, consistent coating.


Spraying is a technique that offers efficiency and an even finish, especially over large or intricate areas. It requires specialized equipment like airless sprayers, HVLP (High Volume, Low Pressure) sprayers, or conventional compressed air sprayers. Spraying is ideal for achieving a smooth, uniform finish on cabinetry, furniture, or automotive surfaces. However, it requires skill to manage overspray and to ensure even coverage.


Dipping is a less common but effective technique for small items or pieces with intricate details. The object is completely immersed in the coating material, ensuring an even and thorough coverage. This method is particularly useful for items like small hardware or components that require a consistent finish on all sides.

Electrostatic Application

For industrial or commercial projects, electrostatic application is a sophisticated technique. It involves charging the coating material as it’s sprayed, which then adheres to the oppositely charged surface. This method is highly efficient, reduces waste, and ensures a uniform coat even on complex geometries.

Customized Techniques

In addition to these standard methods, there are customized techniques that may be employed for special projects. For example, sponge painting, rag rolling, or stenciling are used for decorative effects, often in artistic or creative refinishing projects.


Environmental and Health Considerations in Coating Applications

At New Finish, we recognize the significant impact that refinishing practices can have on the environment and health. Our commitment to sustainable and safe refinishing methods is reflected in our choice of materials and application techniques, ensuring both the well-being of our clients and the preservation of the environment.

Choosing Eco-Friendly Materials

The shift towards eco-friendly materials in the refinishing industry is not just a trend but a necessity. We prioritize the use of low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) and zero-VOC paints and coatings. These materials significantly reduce the emission of harmful chemicals into the environment, contributing to better indoor air quality and reducing the risk of health issues such as headaches, dizziness, and respiratory problems.

Water-based products are another cornerstone of our eco-friendly approach. Unlike traditional oil-based paints and coatings, which release higher levels of VOCs, water-based options offer a safer alternative without compromising on quality or durability.

Safe Disposal and Recycling Practices

Proper disposal and recycling of refinishing materials are crucial to minimizing environmental impact. We adhere to strict guidelines for disposing of leftover paints, solvents, and other hazardous materials. This includes recycling whenever possible and using designated disposal sites to prevent soil and water contamination.

Advanced Application Techniques for Safety

The application techniques we employ are not only chosen for their effectiveness but also for their safety and environmental impact. For instance, we use sprayers with high transfer efficiency to minimize overspray and waste. Additionally, our professionals are equipped with the necessary protective gear and trained in safety protocols to mitigate health risks during application, especially when working with potent chemicals.

Promoting Healthier Indoor Environments

Indoor air quality is a growing concern, particularly in residential refinishing projects. We use products that have low or no odor, which are especially beneficial in homes, schools, and healthcare facilities. These materials contribute to a healthier indoor environment, making spaces safer and more comfortable for occupants, especially those with allergies or sensitivities to chemicals.

Continuous Learning and Adaptation

Staying informed about the latest advancements in eco-friendly materials and practices is a part of our commitment to environmental and health considerations. We continuously adapt our methods and materials to align with new research and regulations, ensuring that our practices are not only compliant but also at the forefront of sustainable refinishing.

How To Get Started With Our Refinishing Services In 3 Easy Steps

We are thoroughly invested in helping you to realize your vision with our highly skilled bathtub refinishing team. Our goal is to help you have a home you can't get enough of. Here's how we make that happen.

1. Get In Touch

 Call us at +1 (989) 525-6479 or email us at We’re here to answer your questions, provide detailed information about our services, and offer expert advice tailored to your refinishing needs.

2. We Get To Work

We’ll plan out how to revitalize your new space to look how you need it to look. Once we have a plan and completely understand your vision, we’ll start working our magic.

3. Love Your New Space

We’ll go with you on a post-job walk-through with you to make sure you love your new space. Tell us your thoughts so we can make sure we’ve exceeded your expectations.