Throughout this text, the emphasis is placed on using up-to-date technology, new equipment and new ideas for modern surface coatings as well as traditional finishes such as French polishing. Full work schedules are given for the application of modern lacquers, the use and application of acrylics, and the latest materials and equipment for spraying wood, metals and other materials. The book deals with the various spray guns for both large and small set ups - for the individual craftsmen making wooden toys or furniture, or fitted kitchens through to larger outfits requiring a higher level of modern technology. Spraybooths and extraction systems are also covered as well as complete safety checks and considerations for compliance with COSHH regulations. There are full chapters on preparation, abrasives, bleaching, stripping, oils and waxes, colouring wood, polishing on a lathe, shellac and French polishing, metal finishing, distressing and simulated finishes and the book concludes with a list of suppliers and equipment.