Unfortunately, we have all dealt with the problems of having to repair a nail hole, dent in the wall, or gouge in different projects that we are working on. We quickly find out during the actual finishing process that most of these repairs, along with many of those annoying glue spots that get looked over during the process of sanding end up sticking out like a green thumb. I, personally, have dealt with my fair share of these problems.
Getting In Touch With Your Inner Artisan Ability
Some of the best ways to hide these flaws and/or other types of defects is to touch them up with a small brush meant for artists. You can also use Behlen Furniture Powders in order to blend together the repairs and patch up the different areas before focusing in on finishing. Another good way to repair them (if they are small enough) is to utilize a piece of wax stick using the right color for the job/situation.
When you are actually using the different powders, you should always start with the following: raw and burnt umber, raw and burnt sienna, yellow medium, black and white. By utilizing all of these different earth tones in various combinations, you should be able to figure out how to match most of the common cabinet woods if you plan on applying a natural finish and/or you are staining the wood.
It would be a good idea to practice this technique on a piece of scrap wood – first. It is very important to treat the test wood the same as you would treat the finished piece that you are attempting to work on. Otherwise, you may end up just wasting your time. Meaning, you should be sanding and staining it the same way you would the regular wood – including the glue spots.
Use The Proper Light
A proper lighting condition for careful work is huge whenever you plan on either; repairing or touching up a piece of wood/furniture. You should ensure that the colors match almost identical in order to ensure that the repair is going to be able to blend in accordingly. One of the only ways in which you can be sure that you are going to do it correctly is to work using either; incandescent light or natural light.
Fluorescent lights are not going to work for this scenario. The fact is, they often produce a “cool” white. Unlike a “warm” or “burning” light which allows for the total spectrum of colors to be seen, a “cool” light can produce a bluish tint on everything that we look at/see. This can end up killing the reds in what we see at the same time. Therefore, trying to make your colors match up in these types of lighting conditions can be a real struggle.
You should try to get a lamp to utilize when you need to make perfect color matches. This way, you can use it whenever you need it to fix/repair something. you should turn off all of your lights and only use the lamp that has the perfect lighting conditions.
When you utilize the appropriate lighting, you should mix the powders with a little bit of shellac and try to match the lightest colors first. This layer should then be sealed and each other layer of the mixed powders should then be layered down with a light spray of lacquer. This is because the true color is only going to be seen when you have some kind of light finish over it.
You should then begin to see that as the different powders dry, they will appear to be lighter than before. You should be sure to let each of the coats of the lacquer that you used to dry enough before going on to the next layer, if it is necessary. When you are complete, you can stand back at minimum of 5 feet and look at your body of work. If you cannot see the difference, no one else should be able to.
Different Tips To Remember:
1. Only mix colors and do match ups when you are utilizing good lighting conditions.
2. Begin with the lightest color first – always.
3. Seal the first layer and each subsequent layer with a light spray of lacquer.
4. Practice on scrap woods before you begin using the real thing.