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Bean

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Hi all
I am making a cupboard for a reception area from oak veneered mdf, it need to closely match the existing furniture, which has a slightly orange glossy finish. It looks like it has been sprayed on. Does anybody have any ideas on how or what to use to replicate.

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Chris Knight

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Bean,
Matching colours you can see is hard enough, matching ones you can't see is getting really tough! That said, a button shellac will impart an orangey look and just padding on a few coats will produce a nice smooth finish that looks as good as a sprayed finish.

Other than that, it is a case of deciding on the finish you want/need to use and experimenting with appropriate dyes/stains until it's right. You can also glaze between coats of clear finish.

Have you got a good book on finishing by Flexner, Jewitt or Dresdner for example? They all cover this sort of thing pretty well. A colour wheel from WH Smiths is a help too.
 
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