Home Improvement & Maintenance Tips : How to Fix Scratches in Furniture

Home Improvement & Maintenance Tips : How to Fix Scratches in Furniture


Hi, I’m Tim Gipson, and I’m going to talk
to you about how to fix scratches in furniture. Now, there are several ways you can go about
this; really depending on the type of scratch that you have. Now, if your scratches are
just in one isolated area and it’s just a small scratch then typically, what we can
do on the finish is we can buff that out using some kind of a a buffing compound. Now, if
the scratches are a little bit more extensive, you know, we may want to actually refinish
an entire piece, or there are some other things we can do. You can simply sand an isolated
place, and then just refinish or re-shellac that area, or you can use; one thing you can
do is you can use an artist’s brush and with some shellac. And what you do with the artist’s
brush and the shellac is you just dip a little bit of the sellac, shellac and just fill the
line. You’d let that dry, and then you’d come back and apply another line. So, if they’re
very shallow shallow scratches usually you put a couple coats of the shellac just in
the scratch itself. It’ll make it disappear, and again, you just have to buff it out. Now,
if you got some deeper scratches you can actually get either shellac sticks that are actually
close to the color of the furniture that you have, or you can actually get beeswax is another
thing that you can use, and then you’d use a hot iron such as this. And what you would
do is you would use the flat tip on your hot iron, and you want to heat it up, and then
unplug it cause’ you want it to be hot but not too hot. And then, what you would do is
you would touch the hot iron to the shellac to coat it, and then touch the hot iron to
the the scratch, and then, just let the the shellac or the beeswax come off into the scratch.
Once you get that in you smooth it down and you would buff it up, and you’d be able to
hide that scratch very easily. If you’ve got some extensive problems you may have to even
go as far as to strippin’ strippin’ the entire surface, and then sanding it, and then completely
refinishing it. So, I’m Tim Gipson, and that’s some tips on how to repair scratches in furniture.

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