how to take out scratches from the top of a cherry chest?

stash-hdyJanuary 23, 2008

I have a chest that has a few slight scratches and also has two deep scratches that went through the finish. Can I remove these without completely removing the finish and starting over?

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HandyMac

No. Unless the finish is lacquer---which can be repaired by adding more lacquer---because lacquer tends to disolve the previous coat of lacquer and flow out smooth.

The way to find out if a finish is lacquer is to wipe a small area with lacquer thinner----lacquer is a finish that can be disolved by its thinner.

Most other finishes have to be sanded or removed to repair.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2008 at 11:01PM
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stash-hdy

Should I spray or brush it on?

    Bookmark   January 27, 2008 at 7:37AM
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furnone

Just wet a cloth with the lacquer thinner and blot it on an inconspicuous area. You will be able to tell if it is softening the finish.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2008 at 8:21PM
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