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07-29-2016 01:39 AM

I had some non-acetone spill on a dresser that is less than a year old. I know it is solid wood, but I think the top has a veneer. I was able to get it cleaned up quickly, but it still damaged the finish leaving a small ring of damage (about 2” ring). It damaged the clear only, and did not damage down to the stain.

I attempted to repair the damage with 00 steel wool and aerosol lacquer. It filled the damaged ring caused by the non-acetone after a few coats of lacquer spray and steel wool scuffing. However, it left a line where I taped it off to avoid over spray of about 3” square

I scuffed it up with the wool and got it flat, then sprayed one coat to a larger area around the repair spot, around a 5” square. The finish came out dimensionally flat, however around the edge of the larger repair spot the finish looks hazy. The semi gloss outside the repair matches the semi gloss inside the repair, it just seems like the border where the new and old meet is hazy.

Pictures can be seen here http://s82.photobucket.com/user/imadude1134/library/dresser%20damage

Is this something that can be fixed?


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#1 posted 07-29-2016 02:31 AM

Put a fresh coat of lacquer on the entire top rather than trying to do a spot repair.

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#2 posted 07-29-2016 12:43 PM

skcj213 is right about doing the entire top. When repairing a clear coat on a car we have the same thing that you have a blend line seen or spray far enough out and fade it away to nothing then buff to uniformity.

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#3 posted 07-30-2016 04:14 AM

Thanks for the advice!

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#4 posted 07-30-2016 04:38 AM



Put a fresh coat of lacquer on the entire top rather than trying to do a spot repair.

- skcj213

Ditto

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#5 posted 07-30-2016 06:02 PM

Ok, so it looks like I will be fine sanding and then respraying the entire top. A few questions come to mind now:

-what spray gun should I get for general DIYer use? I don’t plan on doing this professionally at all is a sprayer even necessary or will aerosol work just as well? Dresser top is about 6ft long and 2 ft deep

-where is a good place to get lacquer that can be applied with a spray gun? My local home supply stores only carry aerosol lacquer

-any thoughts on paste wax and rubbing the finish after spraying? Some things I have read online say paste wax is bad because you will never be able to refinish, but others say it is perfectly fine

-is rubbing the finish necessary after the spray, or is it only needed to make a brilliant shine after the lacquer is sprayed?

Thanks in advance for your help and suggestions!

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#6 posted 07-31-2016 04:24 AM

Aerosol should work just fine. My son spilled acetone on our dining room table. The damage was only on the leaf so I was able to take the leaf out and refinish the entire surface. I would guess the leaf was probably 18” x 4’. A bit smaller than your dresser top but I believe it is very doable.

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