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Determines the methods, techniques, devices, and materials that are best suited to the surface finish required.

Prepares surfaces for new coating materials by removing the old finish (if one exists) using such methods as sanding with an electric sander, scraping, brushing, steel wool, paint remover, burning, or chemicals.

Prepares coating materials by tinting, toning, matching, blending, and mixing in various additives to achieve the desired colors/tones/shades of the coating materials.

Finishes or repairs the finish of furniture and cabinetry that are either in support of exhibitions or displays or are reproduction pieces that are the objects of the display.

Uses spray equipment to provide high quality finishes on surfaces demanding high-quality, special effect finishes that are subject to unusually high usage.