What is this finish? Darker at edges/corners than in the middle

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Forum topic by Mark posted 12-24-2012 05:15 AM 770 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-24-2012 05:15 AM

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My grandmother’s clock has a finish which fades to black at the corners. The middles of the panels show wood grain, but out at the edges of the panels it is too dark to make out the grain.

Is there a name for this style of finish? How is it made? Is it just black paint airbrushed along the edges? Or something more elaborate?

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#1 posted 12-24-2012 05:54 AM

Two ways to do it – glazing or tinting.
Glazing is applying a thick stain-like product over a topcoat.
Tinting (sometimes called toning) is spraying a topcoat like lacquer, with pigments mixed in.

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#2 posted 12-24-2012 05:38 PM

air brushed, works well .

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#3 posted 12-24-2012 05:40 PM

I have been wondering the same thing. Our dining room table and chairs look exactly like the pic.

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#4 posted 12-24-2012 05:43 PM

This is a type of antique-ing (sp?).
After the base stain and sealer, you can tint a top coat and fog the corners ala air-brush style.

ML Campbell even has some spray-on, no-wipe stains that are suitible for this application.

This style was really big in the 60’s and 70’s… Not as much anymore.

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#5 posted 12-25-2012 12:11 AM

I agree with the above but it could also be done with sand shading.

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#6 posted 12-25-2012 12:34 AM

It’s been toned with a dye-colored finish, IMO. Same technique as a sunburst finish on a guitar, only with a smaller spray gun.

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#7 posted 12-25-2012 12:49 AM

Thanks for the answers everyone, this gives me enough to go research how to do this. (Though maybe if it hasn’t been in style for a long time I’ll want to think twice about whether I should be doing it).

Jay, I was going to ask whether this was the same technique used on guitars. Sounds like it is. Thanks for bringing that up.

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