FIX EXISTING WOODWORK - TONING PRE-FINISHED WOOD
Updated: Jan 26, 2019
Finishing is a craft of it's own, and not many "painters" are truly knowledgable or skilled in this area. As with most trades, in painting, the majority of the tasks performed are somewhat simple and repetitive. What sets a professional craftsman apart from most is their special knowledge of those more complex and rare situations and circumstances. Finishing, though simple in principal, is actually dependent on a number of variables that your average paint contractor may not be equipped to deal with.
Most projects are pretty strait forward. When you are dealing with raw materials like unfinished wood trim and doors, there are basic steps that one follows to achieve standard results. Yet, when these steps aren't followed correctly, or other variables come into play , things can get a lot more complicated. Fixing poorly finished wood work can be extremely labor intensive, costly and complex.
The pictures below are of a staircase near Boulder, CO that was finished poorly by another paint company. Ridgeline Paint Co. was commissioned to fix this companies finishing mistakes. The difficulty with a project like this is the transparency of the stain, and the fact that this company actually used two different colors and waxed the finish to try to revive the dull appearance. The most obvious solution is to sand the entire staircase and begin again. This option though would be very involved, messy and costly.
In an attempt to find a more cost effective option, we at Ridgeline Paint Co. decided that Toning would be the best solution. Toning is an advanced finishing process often used on furniture and in industrial finishing settings. It is a multi-stage process that essentially adds very subtle layers of finish/color to blend irregularities. It is almost like air brushing a transparent finish over the existing surface; applied with a HVLP, a solvent based solution, bonding agent and pigment, sprayed at a higher pressure to dry the solution quickly, allowing for multiple coats with a low build.
On this particular project, because of the wax, we had to perform multiple stages of cleaning the surface. Wax can prevent any new finishes from adhering, or cause fisheye in the surface. To ensure proper adhesion, we cleaned the surface with various products and then applied a thin coat of shellac before beginning the toning process. After toning, a final coat of low luster lacquer was applied to complete the project.