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Touch up #00018/12
Hello, I am a cabinet maker who's learning the art of finishing. This was my first blemish repair and I'd like some pointers.. criticism, tell me what you think but also tell me what you would have done differently. I know it looks better but it's not perfect. I used powders with 2 minute repair. Again, my first repair.
It's always easier to hide a lighter color problem than a darker one. I would have used a lighter colored patching putty. Also, I mask off any putty repairs so the putty doesn't go into the grain of the wood around the problem. Keeps it more natural around the repair. Looks great for your first repair.
Thanks, it wasn't a putty repair though. That black dot was in the wood. It appeared so perfectly round, I had to do something. Maybe a plug of some sorts?
Blendal Sticks. These are similar to oil pastels. Apply them, smear them or build the colors up in layers, seal each layered color with aerosol lacquer or the like.
Fine Line Brush Markers. You would need to see the youtube video to really appreciate what these unique fine line pens can do for you.
Go you youtube and do a search on Mohawk touch ups, and also search out Behlen's videos.
Go to an art store and buy some long script liner sable artist brushes, or get them from Mohawk. A cheap brush is no one's friend.
Sometimes, a little bit of some of the gold Blendal Powders help with trying to sneak in an iridescent quality to your spot repair. There are no videos on that, but this is where you really need a good quality script liner sable brush to lay down thin lines of goldish color.
I don't use 2-Minute Touch Up. For Blendal Powder touch ups I use thinned vinyl sealer, or thinned lacquer, or thinned padding lacquer. I use methyl amyl ketone (MAK) which is both slow evaporating as well as being a strong solvent to slow the dry times of my lacquer or vinyl sealer.
I mix my colors on the clear plastic tops that come with quart size food containers. I use cardboard or sheets of paper to draw out the finish on the brush so that I am laying down as thin a color touch up as i can. You don't want mounds of color.