Profession furniture finisher

Furniture finishers treat the surface of wood furniture using hand and power tools to sand, clean and polish. They apply wood coatings onto wooden surfaces by using different techniques such as brushing or using a spray gun. They choose and apply the right coatings with protective and/or decorative purposes.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Artistic


  • Sanding techniques

    The various sanding techniques (such as gang sanding), as well as the different sanding papers necessary for which surface.

  • Types of paint

    Varieties of paint and chemicals used in their composition.


  • Create smooth wood surface

    Shave, plane and sand wood manually or automatically to produce a smooth surface.

  • Handle chemical cleaning agents

    Ensure proper handling, storage and disposal of cleaning chemicals in accordance with regulations.

  • Clean wood surface

    Use a variety of techniques on a wood surface to ensure it is free of dust, sawdust, grease, stains, and other contaminants.

  • Mix paint

    Thoroughly mix different types of paint manually or mechanically. Start from basic paints or from powder and mix in water or chemicals. Check the consistency of the resulting mixture.

  • Apply a protective layer

    Apply a layer of protective solutions such as permethrine to protect the product from damage such as corrosion, fire or parasites, using a spray gun or paintbrush.

  • Prepare furniture for application of paint

    Set up furniture for standard or custom paint job, protect any parts that should not be painted and prepare painting equipment.

  • Check paint consistency

    Before application of the paint, check paint viscosity by using viscosity meter.

  • Apply wood finishes

    Use a variety of techniques to finish wood. Paint, varnish and stain wood to improve its function, durability, or appearance.

  • Stain wood

    Mix ingredients to create a stain and apply a layer to the furniture to give it a specific colour and finish.

  • Sand wood

    Use sanding machines or hand tools to remove paint or other substances from the surface of the wood, or to smoothen and finish the wood.

  • Fix minor scratches

    Fix minor dents and scratches on the surface with touch-up paint or scratch remover.

  • Apply health and safety standards

    Adhere to standards of hygiene and safety established by respective authorities.

  • Clean painting equipment

    Disassemble, clean, and reassemble paint sprayers and other vehicle painting equipment.

  • Apply colour coats

    Spray colour coats onto vehicle parts, operate painting equipment and leave freshly sprayed vehicles to dry in a temperature-controlled and dust-proof environment.

Optional knowledge and skills

paint spraying techniques decorate furniture pass on trade techniques engrave patterns organic building materials sell household goods remove paint woodturning identify customer's needs carve materials fibreglass laminating conservation techniques sell furniture use paint safety equipment handle delivery of furniture goods evaluate restoration procedures apply restoration techniques artificially age furniture operate engraving equipment paint with a paint gun plastic resins use heat gun follow environmentally-sustainable work practices clean furniture estimate restoration costs furniture trends furniture industry repair laminated structures repair furniture parts paint decorative designs

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