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In the past two installments, we've shown you several methods for creating burn-in repairs to correct below-surface defects, but in stained pieces, that's only half the battle. Blending a closely matched burn-in color into the surrounding substrate takes a delicate hand and sharp tipped marker like Mohawk's Graining Pens. Available in a wide range of colors and tones, these rigid and brush tipped markers are essential to add color and highlights to the repair to make appear just like the surrounding wood. See how it's done in this video:

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Mohawk's newest burn-in product is the Hard Fill system.  This system is designed to make burn-in repairs more approachable for you average woodworker or installer. Now, anyone can create a very serviceable and durable burn-in repair using a fast heating, battery operated burn-in knife, easy to melt Hard Fill sticks and the amazing Hard Fill Leveling Tool.  Check out just how doable a burn-in can be with the Hard Fill system in this video:

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Burn In, Hard Fill, Planesticks, Quick Fill, Touch Up -

Creating long lasting, durable and invisible repairs is undoubtedly the most valuable skill for anyone that specializes in wood touch-up. Burn-in repairs are one of the build blocks that must be mastered to do just that. Check out this great tutorial on how to create a great foundation for a flawless repair: Finisher's Warehouse carries a large selection of Mohawk burn-in sticks, tools and associated products. Stop by for a quick demonstration, or check out our Training Classes for a much more in-depth look at burn-in repairs in addition to a wide range of other fundamental techniques. On the next...

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Color Match, Custom Color, Lacquer, MAK, Metamerism, QC, Thinner -

As design trends change and evolve, we are seeing a shift from stained wood to solid color finishes throughout the cabinetry and furniture industries. The biggest issue we see everyday is consistency in opaque colors from batch to batch. There are a myriad of variables the can affect and change color, and dialing in a color match to blend perfectly is incredibly difficult for even the most experience colorist. You'll find the most demanding tolerances for color in the cosmetic, automotive and food/beverage industries. These industries are dominated by large manufacturers with the resources to ensure that every item they...

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Butyl Acetate, Humidity, Lacquer, MAK, Retarder, Thinner -

Here's some helpful tips from the lead chemist of Mohawk Wood Finishing products on how to get outstanding finishes in less-than-optimal conditions. Viscosity Viscosities should be taken at a specific temperature for consistency. If always tested and recorded at 77° F. for instance (There’s no magic behind this temperature, it’s simply a value chosen to use for consistency and it’s easier to warm material a few degrees than to cool it). If the coating is cold the viscosity will be higher and atomization is affected which may lead you to thin or reduce the coating. While this may help, you’ll...

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