We love all the projects that we get tagged in on social media
so here are a few of our recent favorites and some tried and true
touch-up tips from three professionals who know their way around a
repair. Restorations and even small repairs can sometimes be
intimidating but when Mohawk products are in your hands, any task
if achievable. We bet you'll get the urge to start fixing after you
see how rewarding touch-ups really can be.
Touch-ups don't need to be complex in order to totally transform
your piece. A few small fixes can truly make a world of a
difference. Melissa simply used a small brush and Cherry Spray
Toner to make a few small touch-ups, wiping occasionally with her
finger to blend it into the existing finish. The little details are
really what matter when it comes to repairing and can often times
make a bigger impact than anything else that you do.
Favorite touch-up tip: "Just patience and finesse. When it comes
to antique restoration, you need to make it look like you were
never there. On some pieces, this requires out of the box thinking.
I've had to make things worse in order to make them better. Respect
for history and the hands that have loved that piece for years or
hundreds of years also plays a huge role in restoration.
"I went to a client's house last week to repair a deep long
scratch across multiple boards on a credenza that had just arrived
from the factory. This is my specialty! I got out my Mohawk
Fil-Stiks and went to town. I found 4 colors that matched the
variation in the boards and got to work. I use a razor blade to
shave off thin slivers of the darkest color and roll them between
my fingers so they're long and skinny. Then I embedded them in the
lighter colors to replicate grain."
Favorite touch-up tip: "Some people use a leveling card, but I'm
old-fashioned and use my thumb to set it in the groove and remove
the excess. Works every time, especially where you have high
Fair Auction Co.
"My favorite Mohawk product is the blend all powder aniline dye
kit. I use it daily for both onsite minor touchups and in between
layers of finish for large refinishing projects. The box they come
in makes it easy to transport and carry in my van."
Favorite touch-up tip: "When matching highly figured grain, you
can paint on the mixed pigment with a brush and add extra depth and
detail with your fingerprint as the paint dries."
Whether you go to a professional or try and tackle a project
yourself, all it takes is a little love, patience, and Mohawk
products to bring out the beauty in your furniture! Don't forget to
share your projects with us using #MohawkFinishing on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.