Touching Up Minor Scratches

Furniture such as chairs, tables, bed frames and dressers endure wear and tear over the years, but just because it is old doesn’t mean it has to appear that way. I use an orbital sander with 180 grit paper to knock down the high spots then a fine grit (220) to finish the area out. You can always add more stain or a darker color stain, but it is difficult to remove a dark stain color once it’s in the wood grain. The result will be a beautiful low-sheen protective coating, very hard and waterproof, which looks and feels like an expensive oil finish. Scratches can be coated and smoothed by using the right finish for your wooden table.

Starting at the spot, dampen the leather and move the sponge to the edges of the cushion. Using your finest brush, mix a dark color to match the grain of the wood and copy the missing grain pattern (Photo 5). A good, red sable brush that comes to a fine, sharp point allows you to control the color in thin lines. These can be touched up with a scratch remover or special touch-up pens/sticks available at your furniture dealer.

Danish oil can also be used as a sealer or a primer to apply on bare wood surface before applying it with a varnish or paint. Wicker furniture is made by weaving strands of fibers around a frame of thick stems, vines or plant stalks. Good quality wooden patio furniture can be expensive but if you carry out regular maintenance of painting or protective coating on the wood every few years, the furniture will inevitably last for a long time.

To check adhesion, get a screw driver and in an out the way spot, see if you can use the tip on the angle to get back to the bare wood. It’s a fallacy that lemon oil or other polishes feed the wood by returning oil to it. Most wood does not contain oil and never needs to be fed. This includes varnishes for a variety of different furniture types, styles, and colours. Pour some product liberally on the small folded cloth and wipe the entire antique furniture down or just the area (scratches) you want to cover, then wipe dry.

Cleaning Wood Furniture: Guardsman furniture polish or any furniture polish that doesn’t contain silicone is recommended. However, shellac is not frequently used nowadays because this kind of finish does not have the capability to resist water and other liquid spills. W/S – Spot clean with upholstery shampoo or dry cleaning solvent designed for furniture.