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Forum topic by Andrew714 posted 03-18-2018 03:22 AM 438 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-18-2018 03:22 AM

Topic tags/keywords: finish repair stain

I know someone who has a coffee table that has a little damage on it, and I’m wondering if anyone would have any suggestions on repair, as I’m not great with finish. I believe it was caused by nail polish, and part of it is all the way through to the wood, so the stain will need touching up as well as the clear coat. My first thought for trying to match the color is to buy a quality set of touch up markers, but I’m not sure if there’s a better option.

Thanks in advance,


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#1 posted 03-18-2018 12:51 PM

You’re going to have to first remove the nail polish and assess the damage afterwards. Saturate the nail polish with denatured alcohol. Use q-tips or summat. You’ll have to apply and reapply several times due to the speed in which the alcohol evaporates. It will soften and can be scraped off with a plastic putty knife or equivalent. The final residue can be whiped off with a rag.

We’ll go from there.

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#2 posted 03-21-2018 03:43 AM

Thanks for the info, I’ll post again once I get the coffee table and start in on it.

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