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03-30-2011 10:02 PM

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Hi guys i have a question i have a fire surround that had a burn in the top from a candle that has been put on the lower shelf i like to leave the mark as character mark but need to know what will happen if i waxed straight over it ant ideas would be gratefully received


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#1 posted 03-30-2011 10:08 PM

maybe just scrub it with a sponge pad first
to get all the flakes and loose stuff off first

easier than sanding everything down
and doing a total re-finish

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 03-30-2011 10:12 PM

dave could i use wirewool and white sprite like doing a wood cleaning exercise then sander sealer then wax finish

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#3 posted 03-30-2011 11:51 PM

I think it depends how bad the burn is. If it is just a black mark and doesn’t make your finger black when you rub it, you should be fine just waxing over it if you want to keep it as a reminder not to put candles there :-)
If it does make your finger black, then you would need to remove the loose burnt wood before applying a finish. I would try a medium scotchbrite pad dry and then wipe it over with a tack cloth to pick up any dust.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#4 posted 03-31-2011 09:48 PM

Scrape it like you would do for burnt toast (the more you scrape the less black it will be) and if you dont mind the scar as you say just put on some sealer and a couple of coats of wax.

Also you could fill the scrape hole from the burn and paint the filler to match the grain of the wood using a very small brush (difficult to do invisibly – take a lot of practice). And refinish the local area.

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