EXPLANATION OF WOOD-MODE FINISHES
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Questions arise as to how consistent some of our stains, natural finishes and specialty finishes should be. To answer this, one must consider the different wood species and finishes and how they affect the overall appearance of the finishes and installed product.
Wood color can vary and dye lots can drift over the years. It is imperative that jobs be sold from current color sample blocks (not 5 year old door samples). It is best to show your client their choice of finish and species on the desired door style. Itís important that your client read and understand the disclaimer on the back of the sample blocks.
Make our finish and its unique characteristics and important part of your Wood-Mode and Brookhaven presentation.
The following is a realistic representation of our finishes-
Stains: The darker the stain, the more consistency you should expect.
Opaque finishes: You should expect close color consistency. The biggest difference may come when natural and artificial light affects individual pieces within the installation. (Wood-Mode canít control that.)
Heirloom finishes: Similar to stains, however, the glazing will have a greater affect on dark glazes in heavily moulded or detailed edges. The glazing hang up in bead board will typically be darker in the grooves. It is recommended that a client view a sample of the actual finish and doorstyle they are selecting.
Cottage finishes: This is the most complex finish. The distressing and glazing is hand applies and designed to be somewhat inconsistent on individual pieces but blend together on an entire installation. Expect some lighter and darker glazing throughout. There will be more hang up in corners.
Vintage finishes: Because there is no distressed on this finish, the glazing becomes the focal point of this finish. The hand application of the glaze color will produce variations within the overall color of the finish and darker ďaccentsĒ in areas with more moulding detail.
Natural finishes: The natural finish emphasizes the grain and color variations in wood, whereas stains tend to even out the wood characteristics. With natural cherry expect gum (mineral) streaks and unfilled pin holes. Natural cherry will have the most color and graining variations. Cherry will also darken and mellow with time. Natural maple will show color variation as well as burling and quilting effects. There may also be darker mineral streaks.
Grain direction: Most woods, but especially maple, can reflect light differently depending on if it placed horizontally or vertically. The darker the stain, the less appearance of color difference.
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