The Finisher's ColorWheel
was created to help both the novice and professional finisher. The wheel is an aid
to help the finisher understand how colors
affect each other.
The colors selected for The Finisher's ColorWheel are standard colors for the wood industry. Most of the stains and touch-up products on the market are made from these colors. By using the wheel, a finisher can
quickly see the result of color combinations.

The outside wheel shows 12 colors. The inside wheel shows 5 of the most common colors on its outer edge. When a color on the outside wheel is lined up with a color on the inside wheel, a third color is produced in the window below. This resulting color reflects a mixture
of 1 part of the outside color and 3 parts of the inside color. Changing the ratio results in different variations of the combined colors.

The inside wheel also has a five-color intensity scale. The outermost color represents the color
at its opaque strength. The next innermost color represents the original color being used as a stain without being diluted. Each successive color shows a different percent of color strength. The varying strengths were achieved by diluting the color with different amounts of a Clear Base. As shown, changing the intensity of the color will produce variations of the same color.

To use The Finisher's ColorWheel, rotate the inside wheel and watch for the desired color to appear through one of the windows. When you have found the closest color match, mix the appropriate colors as shown. Remember, you may have to vary the ratios and / or the intensity to achieve your desired color.
Always keep a record of your color formulas for future applications.

White Birch veneer was stained to make the colors shown on The Finisher's ColorWheel. White birch veneer was selected as a neutral wood that would not affect the results of the color being used. Stains, names and touch-up materials will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Wood veneer will vary from piece to piece, sometimes causing variations
in the resulting color.
Always use & Try Out your formula on a test panel to ensure an accurate color match.

Intensity: Intensity refers to the strength of the color. The amount of colorant that is added to the stain determines the intensity of the stain. The more colorant you add to the stain, the greater the intensity.

Opaque: When a surface is saturated with color,
a solid painted effect takes place.
The look of semi transparency is gone.
The surface will appear as if it has been painted.

Clear Base: Clear Base is the vehicle that you mix your colorant into. Clear base can also be a stain reducer.

Protect your ColorWheel in the resealable plastic bag it came in when not in use.

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