Technical Finishing Services
produces wood stain & paint finish samples and sampling programs. We started our business from the ground up making those wood finish samples for the wood products industries and are now the leading sample supplier for most of the largest office furniture manufacturers in the USA. Over the years we have added to our capabilities by making samples for ANY manufacturers that need to sample their color offerings. We will produce your color samples, on-time, color accurate and affordable - guaranteed.

Are you a manufacturer producing furniture,
kitchen cabinets, paint coatings, flooring, windows & treatments, millwork, doors, an OEM mfg. or a large retailer?
Are you still waiting for your sample department to make your samples? And when you do get them - are they always right, on-time & on budget and have the quality you need and looks better than your competitors?

If not (or even if they do and you would like to look at costs), give us a call
to explore all the possibilities of outsourcing your sampling. We take the hassle out of making samples. Find out why many have chosen to outsource this important part of their merchandising sales aids.

We're samplemakers. It's all we do.

Technical Finishing Services was founded in 1988 as a division of a 100+ year old, family owned company, Colwell Colour. which is the world's largest paint sampling company. The start up idea for this business was prompted by inquiries from current customers of Colwell Industries other manufacturing divisions that were expressing a desire to out source their wood finish sampling. A 16,000 square foot building, located in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was secured to house the new endeavor.

Insistence on quality standards, fair pricing, on-time delivery and our ability to produce quality sampling programs have generated our steady growth.


The biggest obstacle facing TFS was convincing our potential customers that we could reproduce their wood finishes accurately and be a cost effective alternative versus producing these samples themselves in-house. Great amounts of time and effort were exerted in this bold attempt. We specifically geared the manufacturing departments to achieve maximum efficiency and color control throughout the manufacturing process of the wood finish samples. Specialized manufacturing equipment was designed and built to offer our customers special edge treatments and a variety of looks for their samples. We like to think of ourselves as an extension of each of our customers own finishing departments and attempt to participate with them in the new challenges facing these industries. We continue to strive for improvement in quality and service. Our main objective has always been to help our customers maintain a quality looking sample that is very consistent in finish appearance and color. We also like to participate with our customers in offering new and unique ways to display their wood finish samples. We can produce all your required finish samples. If you need samples that can be hung on an existing showroom display, fit into a box for your display cabinet, slid into catalog pages for your dealers, single samples for the interior designer's or customer's use or fan decks for use by general contractors and architects, we know we can help you fulfill any of your requirements. Our customer's have benefited with cost savings and color consistency by having TFS produce all their stain, paint & composite sampling needs as a single source for your sales & merchandising tools.

Our company's foundation was built on a core of talented & experienced finishers. Each of our finishers has 20+ years experience working at TFS. Color matching your stain wood finishes is their specialty. Our 'bread & butter' around here is producing samples for Office Furniture & Kitchen Cabinet manufacturers. But we do produce samples for many other manufacturers needing samples:

Paint Manufacturers:
gloss or sheen level samples
stain & brush-on coatings
exterior house & deck stains
interior & exterior and marine-grade varnish type coatings
floor paints
specialty coatings ie - faux stone, crackle lacquers, spatter, hammertone, pearls, metallic.
Automotive Refinish Manufacturers:
urethane & polyurethane coatings on metal, paper & many synthetic substrates.

You name it.......and we have pretty much finished and sampled it.

Other Sampling

TFS also can produce your High Pressure Laminate (HPL), Thermally Fused Laminate (TFL) & thermofoil sampling. We also can sample your tabletop edge treatment offerings regardless of what manufactured process are used to produce them.

We will work directly with your own manufacting or your suppliers to make your sampling needs flow as effortlessly as possible so your end customer can make the selections they need.

We know that a sample produced by us can be your customer's first impression about your manufactured quality. We pride ourselves on attention to detail and fully realize that attention will reflect when we put your company's name on the sample.

We take care of everything. Samples produced by TFS include painting all edges & backs black, printing & applying labels, inserting your samples into poly sleeves or catalog binder pages, collating and building fan decks and any other specific packaging or displaying situations you require.

To help our customers maintain current inventory quantities and help ease budget constraints, TFS offers a just-in-time program. TFS will maintain inventories of your finish samples and ship to your manufacturing plant or your ad stock distribution vendor on an as-needed basis. With the JIT program, you can order larger quantities of samples to get the lower price. We release the samples as you need them. By utilizing the efficiency of the internet, we custom build password-protected web pages for each of our customers. This enables our clients, when their time permits, to view & track the status of their inventory, past usage data, finish & color codes, and shipping & invoicing data. This helps "even out" your cash flow and budgets, because we only invoice what we ship - as YOU need them.

Large runs or small, TFS will create the sampling tools you need, with the quality you expect and on-time delivery. Cost is very important too and TFS usually produces for the same or less - versus producing them in-house and all samples made by us have a 100% guarantee.

If you want to make that first impression of quality finished products to your customers, we deliver. If you have ever lost a sale due to not having a sample available or your sample was not a quality presentation needed to secure that order or you had problems with your samples not replicating your target color - please contact us for to learn more about the possibilities of improving your company's sales aid tools.

If you would like a more in-depth look at TFS making stain samples, take the plant tour.
If you would like to see some displays that we have built for coating manufacturer's, click here.

You can contact Phil by email or call the plant at (763) 571-3902 between 8:30 - 4:30  (Central Time)
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7541 Commerce Lane NE
Fridley, MN 55432
Phone: (763) 571-3902