COLOR SHIFT: Why shift happens – Samples

Why does shift always seem to happen at the worst possible time? We can avoid many unforeseen issues by simply making samples first. Do any of these scenarios ring a bell? We have a deadline to meet, the materials came in late or inconsistent, the finisher quit, the customer is demanding that everything be exactly

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Color Shift—Why Shift Happens

Last week was the AWFS show in Vegas, July 19-22. I love attending the show; where else can you see everything in our business under one roof. I love that you can see the latest new products, trends, learn, touch, and sometimes even test products right there before you buy. This year I was asked

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Renew or Redo—Part 2

Last blog we discussed how to prep for the finish makeover. Now we need to determine what our appearance of choice is? Let’s start with painted applications. The Full on Painted Look. If the coating you are going over is a pre-catalyzed or conversion varnish, then we need to watch our film build. Too much

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Renew or Redo

These past few weeks, I found myself talking to several people that were renewing their current kitchen cabinets appearance by changing the color, adding a little glaze or distressing an island or focal piece in the room. All wanting to do it to existing cabinetry rather than buying or building new with their intention was

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Today’s Hottest Trends—Part 2

Last month we talked about how to achieve the perfect gray tones in our woodworking. This month let’s talk about those deep dark espresso colors that we try to achieve without the milky muddy look. If you remember, I was talking about visiting two shops. One was doing gray, the second shop wanted to do

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Todays Hottest Trends

It’s no secret that espresso and gray hues are the hot trends in the industry right now. The “struggle is real.” Success can be hard to achieve with so many different types of wood substrates, styles and color variations when trying to obtain these two colors in our woodwork. I would like to address WHY

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What Spray Gun Are You Using?

Happy New Year! Wow, another year has passed, and we find ourselves reflecting on our successes and not so productive accomplishments in 2016. The first of the year was always when I would examine my shop and look for ways to improve my practices and equipment for a more profitable year to come. Many times

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The Unexpected Guest …

You have done your diligence on selecting the wood, preparing it properly with the correct sanding schedule and have matched the color perfectly following your storyboard every step of the way. The first sealer coat goes down without a hitch, and we are steamrolling with the end in sight; phew, we are going to make

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Balancing Our Results with Temperature Changes

One of the reasons I love finishing so much is because no two days are the same. Sure we can have similar days, but something is always just a little different and that difference can change how we need to approach our finishing that day, always keeping us on our “A” game. For me, that

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How Do Temperature and Humidity Affect Finishes?

With the summer season upon us, we love to throw open those overhead doors and open the windows to allow fresh air to blow through our shop. Something about this time of year that supercharges our wellbeing, maybe it’s the warmth of the sun, the new growth of spring flowers or the smells of fresh

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