August 22 – 25, 2018

Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA| USA


Color Matching


Wednesday, August 24th 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Session Code:  MFG9

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

To become proficient at color matching, how much actual time is involved? Finishers, refinishers and spot repair artists all depend on finding color quickly. How much material waste can be accumulated in creating the color you need? How do you begin to educate an employee who has no background in the art of matching colors? Color matching is not an easy task if you don’t understand the basics. Even those who are using a computerized systems or photo spectrometers to match colors often still need the human eye to perfect a color. Learn to participate in the results, not just observe them.

When a color is not correct the questions are:
• What color or colors does it need?
• Why does it need that color?
• How much color will it take to correct it and still be profitable?
• How do you correct a color once the color has been applied?

Color matching becomes more predictable and profitable if you first understand:
• How to use the three dimensions of the color wheel as a compass to locating color
• The foundation of color: Hue, value, chroma, tint, shade
• The building blocks of color: primary, secondary and tertiary colors
• Multi-step coloring schedules using dyes, stains, glazes and toning techniques
• Viewing color as a knowledgeable artist
• How color is affected by surface prep, lighting and other factors

Understanding how color works will expedite the success in the “hands on” coloring process and help eliminate hazardous waste. Using correct color terminology at the bench allows accurate communication between finishers when problem solving. It also makes it easier to transfer color knowledge.

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.