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Expert's Corner — toner

TIP: Matching Colors

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Matching colors is one of the most difficult tasks in wood finishing. Using just a stain rarely works well because the color on the object you’re trying to match is affected by how the wood and finish have aged. The best way to match a color is usually to get the color close, but a little lighter, with a stain, then spray a toner. A toner is pigment or dye added to a finish and thinned a lot with the proper solvent. Then it is sprayed. But how do you know what color to make the toner? Here’s the trick....

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