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

Posted by stash-hdy (My Page) on
Wed, Jan 23, 08 at 20:55

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

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.


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

Should I spray or brush it on?


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

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.


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