Sources

Touch-up powders, burn-in sticks, padding lacquer, and other finishing supplies are available by mail from:

WOOD FINISHING SUPPLY CO. Inc., 100 Throop St.. Palmyra, NY 14522, (315) 597-3743 (also carries red-sable brushes). CONSTANTINE'S, 2050 Eastchester Rd., Bronx. NY 10461, (800) 223-808"*.

GARRETT WADE, 161 Ave. of the Americas, New York, NY 10013, (8(H)) 221-2942.

STAR FINISHING PRODUCTS, 360

Shore Dr., Hinsdale, II. 60521, (8(H)) 323-5390 (Note: S50 minimum mailorder purchase. Call and ask for a distributor in your area.)

A "color box" is a handy Kay to organize and store your pigments. Also useful are a glas? palette, redouble hrimhes, and padding lacquer or nhellar.

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A "color box" is a handy Kay to organize and store your pigments. Also useful are a glas? palette, redouble hrimhes, and padding lacquer or nhellar.

a reusable palette made of a scrap of glass or mirror with the sharp edges sanded smooth. Clean it with solvent before you put it away (alcohol for padding lacquer and shellac).

Vehicle: I generally mix touch-up pigments in shellac or a commercially available padding lacquer rather than the actual finish material. Both are thin enough to handle well, mix easily with powdered pigments, and arc compatible with a wide range of finishes. Use solvent alcohol for thinning and cleanup.

Brushes: When it comes to brushes, only red sable will do. You'll find brush sizes *00 through «2 to be useful for different grain effects. Available at art supply stores and some mailorder suppliers, these brushes arc-rather expensive, but nothing I've tried matches the spring}', sharp point of a gtxxi red-sable brush for painting fine grain lines.

A good basic touch-up kit should include the following supplies. (Sec photo.)

Colors: You can use almost any coloring materials for touch-up, including artists' oils and acrylics, but most finishers prefer finely ground pigment powders. These inert powders mix easily in any clear finish —varnish, lacquer, shellac, etc.—but don't dissolve, so unlike dye powders, they will not bleed into subsequent coats of finish.

Pigment powders for touch-up arc ground especially fine and sold by the ounce. Most suppliers offer pigment blends named according to wood species, but chances are you'll have to mix and match, so buy a variety. Alternately, you can match almost any wood grain with a basic selection of white, yellow, red, blue, black, raw umber, burnt umber, raw sienna, and burnt sienna. 1 keep mine in a "color box," a short piece of wood with a hinged lid and some 1-in. deep holes for pigments.

Palette: I mix colors and finish on

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