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Hi, anyone know where i can send my finisher to take a class on preparing and mixing colors for stains and pigmented lacquers etc.? My finisher is excellent in wood finishes but not to good in mixing custom colors.
Whenever we have custom color for a client, i send it out to Richelieu to get color match. Problem with them is that it takes too long and sometimes the color is not a good enough match.
I would prefer to do color mixing in house.
Gemeni coatings has a pretty decent color match sytem that helps learning colors.... they have about 8-10 base stain colors and it comes with a master box of color samples on white oak with the same colors on maple.... each sample has a formula number that coincides with their formula book.... pick a match that is closest and play with it from there with the other colors.... gets you pretty close very fast... it's based on the parts sytem. Sherwin Williams has a more costly system that has a vast amount of concentrated bases and a software program that is based off weight.... both systems can be learned fairly quickly and you can mix color in very small amounts on either sytem so there is not much waste.... you can mix up mere teaspoons with the gemini to test or a few grams with the sherwin
The Marc Adams school of woodworking has weeklong classes and some weekend classes on woodfinishing.
Before you spend the money for a color mixing class. See if you can find a color theory class. This class provides very valuable information about color, shades, tones, etc. Not everyone sees color the same way. Color theory provides a very solid base of knowledge that can be built on to have a long term solution. Just be aware that a finisher/color stylist is in heavy demand. If he is a gifted finisher and becomes even an average color stylist his worth goes up exponentially. There are a couple of sites on the web that will be a good test to see whether he has the aptitude for color matching. Look up "What's your color score" online and you will find some valuable exercises. Try the FM 100 hue test. It is challenging for any level..