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Forum topic by Pompeio posted 12-26-2017 02:21 PM 277 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Pompeio

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12-26-2017 02:21 PM

My first project is making a sitting bench from a 7’ piece of box alder I got for $20. I sanded it for hours by hand and then used a General Finish stain and topcoat. I had to set the project aside for a while and it appears that something rubbed against a corner and removed some of the stain.

My question is whether it would be okay to just sand, restain and topcoat the affected area or should I do more?


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Mike_D_S

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#1 posted 12-26-2017 03:25 PM

I’ll start by saying that I don’t have the touch up skill set some other guys do. 75% of my touch ups turn into complete refinish on the damaged side.

For a large piece, I don’t think you have any risk to try the spot touch up. The biggest challenge I always find is getting the right blended transition between the original stain and the new stain. I have a tendency to end up with a visible transition where I can see some color variation. So I’ll usually lightly sand and then re-stain an check the color. In the 1 of 4 where the transition is not obvious, I’ll go ahead to topcoat.

But it seems that most commonly I’ll have to go ahead and take the whole surface down to bare wood and start over. Of course it also matters where the spot is. On the sides and less visible spots, I’m less picky.

But I’ve seen guys do perfect repairs, so hopefully you’ll get better input from someone who has a higher success rate than me.

Mike

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bilyo

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#2 posted 12-26-2017 10:06 PM


I had to set the project aside for a while and it appears that something rubbed against a corner and removed some of the stain.

My question is whether it would be okay to just sand, restain and topcoat the affected area or should I do more?

- Pompeio


A photo would be very helpful. If, in fact, the abrasion removed both the top coats and stain down to bare wood then you have a bigger problem than if only the top coat is damaged. As Mike said. making that kind of “blend” takes skill, and patience. Without better advice, I would say you are looking at a redo. This may depend on how perfect you need the repair to be.

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