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Furniture Touch Up Markers

wood finishing

by Alan Noel
Professional Wood Finisher

Touch Up Markers are very handy tools to have around the finishing area as well as in your touch up kit for onsite use. They come in a variety of colors and are easy to use. Highland Woodworking carries the Behlen line of markers which come in many colors to choose from.

Here are some tips on using them:

  1. Test the marker on an area like the back of a leg for color match.
  2. Start with the lightest colors first then move on to darker shades.
  3. Test the scratch with a damp cloth to see if the scratch darkens. If not, a marker will usually do no good.
  4. To use on surface scratches of an existing finish after testing, apply the marker and then wipe the suface immediately with a soft cloth to remove the excess.
  5. It is best to use markers early on in the finishing process so they can be "buried" in the finish with a glaze or shading, otherwise they will be glaringly noticeable.
  6. If some of the marker is left behind by mistake on a finish, some markers can be reactivated by going over the same areas quickly and wiping them off immediately.
  7. Be sure to replace the cap tightly to prevent the markers from drying out.
  8. Be sure to test on scrap first and always test colors in natural lighting.

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Wood Finishing Supplies Department

Alan can be reached directly via email c/o Alan Noel Furniture Refinishing at anoelfurniturere@bellsouth.net .

Visiting Atlanta? Attend one of Alan's upcoming highly informative Highland Woodworking wood finishing seminars:

February 17, 2016  Finishing the Finish
March 30, 2016  French Polish Workshop

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