Wood Faux Finish Super-Powers, Part 1 of 3. Part Two. Part Three
Why Wood Faux Finish Skills?
Why take the time to learn to Wood Faux Finish? Why not use real wood? Or how about that wallpaper that looks kinda like wood?
Why not a wood grain sticker kit for your car project? What about wood-like vinyl? Here are just a few very good reasons.
1. People love it
There are thousands of wood faux finish products: Wall paper, flooring, vinyl, paneling, auto interiors and rims, furniture, doors… Why? Finished wood is nature’s gift of decoration.
Because wood is natural, it offers a calming effect. People respond positively to it. Therefore, the look of wood is desirable and offers value.
Unfortunately, most faux wood isn’t very attractive. Just walk down the flooring or wall covering aisle of any home store and you’ll see piles of vinyl sheet and tile that look pretty bad. Here’s an example of unattractive wood faux finish.
The good news is that you can learn to paint wood grain that’s every bit as convincing and beautiful as the real thing. No machine can or will ever be able to do that.
Wood faux finish, when done right, is a viable alternative to scarce, endangered, expensive “real” wood.
Partly because they’ve seen the cost of their materials skyrocket over the last two to four decades, wood craftspeople, like fine furniture makers and trim carpenters, are very aware of the environmental issues concerning wood.
There is an active and lucrative market for rescued hardwood trees that have been or are going to be cut down. Recycling of used material from old furniture and buildings is becoming more and more common.
Painted wood grain, when applied in a dramatic and convincing way on a table, cabinet or panel can fool even the most experienced wood workers. Virtually any hard surface in a home or business, car… can be grained to look like expensive, rare, or endangered woods.
3. Wood Faux Finish Profits
Once you have a few samples ready to show, wood grain is one of the easiest finishes to sell. Your customers get all the benefits of expensive wood at a fraction of the cost.
The cost of replacing kitchen cabinet doors (refacing) is very high. You’ll be able to show amazing wood grain samples for a cabinet repaint and quote a price that’s 20%, 40% or more below their best bid from a cabinet door maker. You can remove the doors and take them back to your studio or set up a work space on the job.
Imagine doing a relatively basic oak grain on a dash board or set of rims. It’s not a complex process (once you know how), but it looks amazing and exactly like real oak. The owner will tell everyone who’ll listen and if he takes the car to shows, he’ll hand out stacks of cards for you.
Part 2 of 3 including home improvement and furniture repair.I’ve been so busy with other work that I haven’t even had time to get involved in the motorcycle world. Those guys are known to pay big bucks for custom work. I’m convinced that it’s possible to greatly enhance career by painting wood grain on custom bike fenders, tanks and trim.