spot fix for dining bench

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Forum topic by mla posted 03-05-2018 02:53 PM 587 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-05-2018 02:53 PM

Hi. I’m new here.

I have a dining room bench that has a small area of damage. I think liquid sat on it or something and then finish has come off.

I’m just a beginner so I haven’t done much with stains and finishes (just used shellac so far).

Any suggestions on how to touch this up? I think it’s mango wood. It looks like it’s this bench at crate and barrel with the honey finish:

Think I need to refinish the entire top or can I at least blend something in to make it look more consistent and protect it? I’m fine with some inconsistency and it looking used.

Or if it does require a full refinish, any suggestions on how to protect this area until I’m ready to tackle that?

I realize that no matter what I do, I should try it on an inconspicuous area first.


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#1 posted 03-07-2018 11:58 PM

That really doesn’t look like damage due to water. More like an abrasion. No matter what you do, any repairs are going to be visible but obviously not as visible as it is now. Simplest repair would probably be to use a furniture scratch repair marker or crayon set (like these) that comes with several colors so you can find one that gets close to the color of the stain. Most home improvement or hardware stores carry some and some furniture stores may have them as well.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#2 posted 03-08-2018 01:28 AM

It does look like something went through the finish and that the wood under the finish is very light colored. If you strip the whole top you will also have to try to match the color with a stain. Try scratching the finish off on a small spot on the underside to see if I’m correct about the natural wood color. If so approach touching up the spot carefully because a dark stain, colored wax. or furniture refinisher will soak in and then you will have a dark spot. I just ran into something like this on frame salvaged from an old bed. It looked like dark mahogany but then I cut it the wood was almost white. Probably some mahogany look alike. The color was all in the finish (not even stain).
So If my guess is correct I would try to re-color the spot with a stain (start with a light color like golden Oak, or possibly medium Walnut Danish oil. Then wax the whole thing with a good furniture was like Bri Wax. Of course start with a spot on the bottom to see what happens.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 03-08-2018 05:57 AM

In all likelihood the finish is a toner. Toner is a mixture of lacquer, lacquer thinner and stain or dye that is sprayed on. It’s how they get that much color on light wood. I mix brushing lacquer, thinner and stain and use a cheap Harbor Freight air brush to fix small areas once I have a close stain match. The mixture can be brushed on but it doesn’t work as well. After the color is as close as you can get it, put a few coats of spray lacquer over the fixed area and the area immediately adjacent to it for protection.

First make sure the finish is lacquer and then make sure the area is clean. Use mineral spirits to remove any wax and cross your fingers that Pledge or Endust weren’t ever used.

-- Mark - Owasso, OK

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