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05-02-2014 05:00 PM

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Just a quick question for some of you with experience in finishing.
Has anyone heard of or had success with “Mohawk Finishes”? I have never heard of them, but apparently they are for the pros. I mean like, commercial and Industrial pros that do this stuff on a mass production level. I’m just chalking up the fact that I’ve never heard of them before, to my status as a newb. But I already bought a couple bottles of their dye stains, wiping pigments, and glaze so I’ll have my own opinion soon enough. Just wondering if it’s a well known company….

-- Rob, Middletown NJ

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#1 posted 05-02-2014 05:19 PM

When I first read the title of this forum I thought it was a single contrasting stripe down the middle of the project!

I have never seen Mohawk finishes in any of my local stores including my favorite wood store, Southern Lumber, which has nearly everything a wood worker would want including a few power tools!

It will be interesting to see what you think of these!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#2 posted 05-02-2014 05:36 PM

Mohawk has been around for years and make excellent products, I have used them forever… You wont be dissaponted .

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#3 posted 05-02-2014 05:50 PM

Very well known. Used it for years, never had a problem with it, always great help. They also have some education in finishing available.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#4 posted 05-02-2014 08:49 PM

I wholeheartedly concur with Charles Neil and Earlextech. Mohawk makes an amazing line of products. I’ve never been disappointed with a Mohawk product, which is a lot more than I can say for certain consumer products which, for reasons of libel, shall remain nameless. I especially like the ultra penetrating dyes and the aerosol lacquers. The Mohawk NC lacquer is almost foolproof to spray with a turbine driven HVLP system. I could go on and on in this vein, but I’m sure that you get the idea. The Mohawk line is well known within the finishing trade, and has been around for years, but you’d probably get a blank stare from the average clerk at a home centre or hardware store if you asked them about Mohawk products. Have no fear, though, the products can be ordered online.

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#5 posted 05-02-2014 09:51 PM

Mohawk is the pro series… Behlen is the hobbyist stuff same company.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#6 posted 05-02-2014 10:18 PM

The Mohawk rep came in and helped me with with this />// mess up. I was quite pleased with all there products, and especially their level of customer service. I use MLcambell for all of my post catalyzed finishing right now, but I am still using the Mohawk line for all my touch up and repair… especially the grain pens… I cannot say enough about them.

-- Who is John Galt?

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#7 posted 05-03-2014 12:21 AM

I’m going to one of their seminars when I get the chance. Klingspor’s sells Mohawk. I bought some lacquer from them that matched a cabinet in the kitchen. I liked it. They have a youtube channel with some good videos and have really good customer service. They seem to be pretty big in furniture repair.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#8 posted 05-03-2014 01:35 AM

Rob, I know a retired guy in your neck of the woods (NYC) who worked as a professional finisher for 30 years. If you want to hang with him and pick his brain, let me know and I’ll get you in touch with him… He used to do easy million dollar jobs one at a time.


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#9 posted 05-03-2014 02:38 AM

+1 Dr. Dirt....I really like Behlen and started using it when Deft was no longer available at my local Lowes store.

I order it via

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#10 posted 05-05-2014 04:14 AM

First off, Charles, thanks for the response. Big fan of your youtube channel…

I actually found an AWESOME store right around my area. It’s an independently owned Sipersteins, and they sell EVERYTHING in terms of real quality finishing products, inluding an entire section dedicated to Mohawk only products. I stocked up on a bunch of their Penetrating Dyes, pigment wiping stains, and finishers glaze… And I emailed the company and they took time to write me back two lengthy, finely detailed responses about the coloring system that I am trying to achieve in my finishing process….

Jinx, that would be great, I’m always looking for a brain worth picking.

And Charles Neil, while I have your ear, I have watched almost all of your videos, particularly the “Rubbing out a finish” vid….I know that you said your top coat was a pre cat, but I don’t have the ability to spray at the moment…I will soon but ot n time for this project…What besides shellac, would u recommend that I aply to rub out? It’s for a coffee table, so I’m afraid shellac will not be durable enough. I am using Shellac as a sealer between color layers, and then a toner, but would like something a little more durable to rub out as a final finish. Also I will be rubbing back up to a semi gloss…. I was looking into “brushing” laquers but haven’t heard enough feedback from anyone to really wanna commit to using one. I would like to use poly but form what I understand it’s not really a finish that is easily rubbed out. Any advise on what route to go?

Thanks all,

-- Rob, Middletown NJ

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