August 22 – 25, 2018

Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA| USA


Spot Repair Touch up Techniques

and Related Finishing Problems


Thursday, August 25th, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Session Code: MFG8

Location: B312 (located in Building B - Level 3)

Presented by:  The Wood Finisher, Fresh Air Finishers

Speaker: Mitch Kohanek, Consultant: The Wood Finisher, Fresh Air Finishers

Damage to wooden objects is unavoidable so it is either repair, refinish or replace the object. Cosmetic “spot repairs” can be a valuable cost effective option over refinishing or replacement. Having someone in shop that has some basic repair skills is important. Spot repairing increases its value (and skill level) once the object has been installed or delivered and needs repairing at the site of location. Spot repair artists who work only on site can make a very good living. Different levels of damage requires different levels of skills, knowledge and more tools.

“Spot repair” has numerous types of damages. We will start with repairing minor nicks, dents, scratches, holes, and other surface blemishes. Larger repairs such as gouges and missing veneer will also be discussed. You will learn what choices of materials and techniques there are to fill the void. Color matching knowledge and brushing skills are needed to create a faux finish on top of the filling material. Applying a protective coating is usually then applied. Understanding what the sheen number of the original finish means, and how the sheen was created is a critical factor to the entire repair. Other related problems such as matching sapwood to heart wood and repairing faded colors from sunlight will be covered.

About Mitch Kohanek: Mitch Kohanek is a nationally known expert on wood finishing, furniture repair and color theory, and until his recent retirement was the instructor of the National Institute of Wood Finishing at Dakota County Technical College in Minnesota for 35 years. In addition, Mitch has trained at the Smithsonian Conservation Analytical Laboratory, written for American Woodworker and Fine Woodworking magazines, and been a core instructor for the Marc Adams School of Woodworking for many years.

Among the hundreds of graduates from the Institute are many of the leading professional wood finishers, wood repair artists and furniture restorers in the country. Under Mitch’s guidance, their talents and skills were fully developed by first gaining an understanding of both traditional and modern materials and tools of the trade, and further enhanced as they learned to understand wood as a unique material surface upon which of each component of the finishing schedule: wood preparation, coloring matching, coloring techniques, solvents, coatings, sheen control and repair, play a vital role. The DCTC program was the only one year certified wood finishing program in America and was featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Wood and Fine Woodworking Magazines.

Mitch is a founding member of the Professional Refinisher’s Group, a national organization of conservation and restoration professionals, and he has lectured at numerous national conferences and wood working shows on a wide range of topics related to wood finishing, and restoration.

Mitch currently divides his time between his own business “The Wood Finisher” as a consultant and educator for the wood finishing industry, his partnership with “Fresh Air Finishers”, a high end finishing company in St. Paul Minnesota specializing in custom finishes and on site repair, and a very busy family life.