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Daily use wears away the finish on the edges of tables and chairs. And then there are all the little scratches, dents, and divots that mysteriously appear on wood surfaces. This kind of superficial damage can be fixed quickly and easily without harming your furniture or your wallet. Look for scratch-cover polish in the cleaning-supplies section.
After that, all you need do to keep a finish looking its best is to dust with a damp cloth, wipe up spills as soon as possible, and occasionally clean off any grease and dirt with mild dishwashing soap and water. Applied with a clean rag, just like regular furniture polish, a single dose is enough to make most damage disappear. If that happens, restore a satin sheen by rubbing with extra-fine 0000 steel wool and paste wax. To bring back a gloss finish, use auto polishing compound applied with a rag. To make the repair blend in, go over the damaged area and the entire adjacent surface. After the polish dries, sand flush with 600-grit sandpaper.
To restore the sheen on satin finishes, rub with 0000 steel wool and paste wax; for gloss finishes, use auto polishing compound and a rag. Use them to color large scratches or edges where the stain has worn away. Apply only to damaged areas, and wipe immediately if any gets on the neighboring finish. Level it by sanding lightly with 600-grit paper. Rub the stick over the gouge until it's slightly overfilled with wax. The wax should just fill the gouge; rub off any wax on the surrounding surface with a piece of a brown paper bag wrapped around a flat block. Apply a coat of paste wax over the repair and the entire adjacent surface to impart an even sheen. The truth is that although none of them will do your finish any harm, none is absolutely necessary to keep furniture looking its best. Dusting with a dry cloth generates friction, which creates a slight static charge on the surface that in turn attracts more dust. Some sprays leave behind a thin film of oil that temporarily adds shine, but the oil acts like a magnet for whatever dust lands on it. Avoid strong alkaline- or ammonia-based detergents (like window cleaners); they can harm some finishes. And never use scrubbing cleansers, which contain abrasives that will dull almost any sheen. Restore your favourite pieces of furniture to their original beauty with gentle and fast-acting products. Furniture restoration can help restore several types of wood damage. With instructions about how to according to each treatment, it is a useful and user-friendly tool box for your home. It can be mixed together to obtain intermediate shades. Wood furniture is often passed down through generations from one family member to another. However, it also requires a certain level of care that isn't necessary with synthetic or metallic furniture. It is very important to know what type of finish is already on your furniture before you attempt to fix any minor imperfections or try to refinish it. Older furniture was often finished with a mixture of linseed oil and various chemicals. It was a basic finishing solution that was only meant to repel miniscule amounts of water. Furniture older than 50 years may still be refinished using this mixture.
You should not redo this type of finish yourself unless you don't care about its value as an antique. Polyurethane is an inexpensive and durable finish that can take a lot of abuse before requiring refinishing.
Finish Restoration and Repair for Antique Wood Furniture Part 1
Oil-based finishes are sometimes used on more expensive furniture. Common issues include water rings, stains, sctratches and scuffs. These spots are often caused by cold drinks left sitting for too long on wooden surfaces. Water condensation from the surface of a cold glass will seep into the finish and create the white rings you see. The rings themselves are simply waterlogged wood. One method of eliminating a water ring is by applying heat, which will cause the water that is soaking the finish to evaporate, thereby eliminating the ring entirely.
You can use a hair dryer to heat the surface of the wood and catalyze the evaporation of the water, or place a cloth over the ring and use an iron to heat the water out of the stain. Afterward, you should buff the surface again with a dry towel to remove any remaining chemical. Set the piece in a cool, dry spot for a day to let the restorative cure. This requires a complete refinishing of the item. Take your piece outside and use sandpaper to get the finish off. If it's a larger piece, consider using a power sander. Sand the surface until it feels smooth to the touch. The finish should be allowed to set overnight. If you want to ensure that you have a completely impermeable finish, you can apply a second coating of finish to your furniture. The type of refinishing expert you contact will depend entirely on the type of refinishing job you need. Need professional help with your project?
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Imagine your favorite antique looking like the day you acquired it. This course will teach you the basics of antique furniture finish restoration. The same techniques used by museum conservators. Learn how to correctly restore scratches, dents and gouges. Restore missing sections of finish using only period materials. A finish left unattended will deteriorate over time. Help the existing finish to continue protecting the wood and extend the life of your antique furniture. Learn what products can be used on antique finishes, and products to avoid.
You will learn how to protect your finishes from further damage. These are the same methods and materials originally used when the finishes were created. Only period finishing materials can be used that are historically accurate to restore antique furniture finishes.
Refinishing projects can be a fun way to bring life into a special piece of furniture. Rockler carries a variety of finishes and supplies you need for your next furniture restoration. Your project may include cleaning, sanding, filling in holes and finishing. Our options for finishing include chalk style paint, milk paint or gel stain. Or maybe add hairpin legs to your piece for a modern twist. Need help getting started on this project?
Be sure to check out fellow customer projects to gather inspiration for your next upcycle and see what other people are restoring. Need to do a cleaning and restoration project, this package should provide you with everything you need. See videos below, on how to refinish the easy way!
It works so well that many people decide that a simple cleaning is all they need to make their wood look great!
You no longer need to look at dingy, dry, and lifeless wood surfaces!
This is not a toxic stripping and refinishing kit. It is a largely topical cosmetic restoration. It'll cover nearly all surface scratches, and hide even the ones that have gone through the finish.
I went overboard cleaning the inside of the dresser drawers, which had likely never been done, and this piece is now proudly in our bedroom, looking vastly different but without destroying the patina.
I think it enjoyed the massage and makeover!
It did a fairly good job on my very old cabinets which should probably be replaced soon. They did look better, and this process did not destroy the surface of the cabinets as some previously tried products did.
I was shocked what an improvement this kit made.
I also cleaned my hardware with the orange oil and repainted black with products in picture. It restores the depth of grain in wood finishes, going much deeper than temporary “scratch cover” products. Most wood finishes that seem to need a complete refinishing job can be completely restored in a few minutes with this simple wipe-on, wipe-off process. Before you go to the extreme of stripping it, try restoring it!
If you are uncertain about which color to use, then chose a color slightly lighter than your finish. Use either a soft cloth or "super fine" (0000) steel wool. Finish works best when you apply it with a soft cloth. For more severe finish damage like white heat-rings, water marks, light scratches apply with “super fine” (0000) steel wool. Cover a small area at a time and immediately wipe dry with a clean soft cloth. When using a soft cloth or steel wool , rub with light pressure but hard enough to blend away the damage. As you restore the finish be sure to periodically check your progress. Other finishes will require a little more work. If spilling does occur, immediately scrub area with soap and water or a stain remover and wipe dry. This product is intended for occasional use only. Reports have associated repeated and prolonged occupational overexposure to solvents with permanent brain and nervous system damage. To avoid breathing vapors, open windows and doors or use other means to ensure a cross ventilation of fresh air through work area.