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January 31, 2014 10:33 am

Basic Wood Furniture Repair Tips

Wood is one of the most beautiful materials to use in furniture. The shine, texture, and color variety in wood makes it versatile in terms of both look and functionality. Unfortunately, wood is easily susceptible to damage, and most people do not adequately protect their furniture.

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Luckily, there is no reason to dispose of “damaged” wood furniture. Most light wood damage can be repaired. Here are some basic wood furniture repair tips.

Fixing water stains

Water stains are one of the most common forms of damage to wood furniture. Thankfully, they are also very easy to repair as long as the damage has not penetrated the wood beneath the finish.

A white water stain on your wood furniture indicates that the damage has just penetrated the finish. To fix this, take a cloth lightly dampened with denatured alcohol, something you can find at most home improvement stores, and rub gently in a circular pattern until the stain is removed.

The alcohol can take the shine off the finish, but you can easily restore a crisp satin sheen by polishing the furniture with extra-fine steel wool and wax paste. You can also restore a glossy sheen by applying automobile polish with a rag. Keep in mind that if the water stain is black, the damage has gone to the wood. In this case, you will have to refinish the furniture if you want to remove the damage.

Repairing Gouges

If your wood furniture has a large gouge, you may be able to repair the worst of the damage quite simply.

The first step is to take 600-grit sandpaper and sand the surface of the gouge so that it is flat. In many cases, gouges create a raised surface surrounding the gouge. Make sure to sand lightly so that you do not damage the table further.

Next, get a wax stick that matches the color of the furniture finish and rub it into the gouge until the area is overfilled with wax. If you cannot find a single color that matches, combine two colors to approximate the color.

Lastly, remove the excess wax with a credit card and apply wax paste on the area so that it has a sheen similar to the surrounding area.

Removing Gum and Wax Spots

While it may be easy to pull wax and gum off your wood furniture, it can oftentimes be difficult to remove these things without damaging the finish. To prevent the finish from being damaged, you need to make the wax or gum brittle.

Get some ice, wrap it in a paper towel, and press against the gum or wax. Once it is brittle, gently pull it off with your finger. Make sure not to scrape against the furniture because the friction can damage the surface.

After the material is removed, take fine steel wool, moisten it with mineral spirits, and buff very gently against the area. Polish the entire piece of furniture when you are done.

jason1Jason Kane has wooden furniture and children, so he knows a thing or two about DIY furniture repairs. He recommends Superior Table Pad for all table protection needs.