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Forum topic by mds4752 posted 01-14-2014 04:39 AM 710 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mds4752

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01-14-2014 04:39 AM

My sister has a small desk that she’s asking me to help with. One of her kids apparently scratched the surface with scissors or something. They are some fairly deep gouges…along the order of 1/16”. She’s not concerned as much about resurfaced color not matching the legs or a high gloss finish, she’d just like the scratches leveled out so the kids can still use it for writing, coloring and such.

I thought about taking my ROS to it with 80 or 120 and getting the surface prepped. Then fill in the gouges with wood filler. Then perhaps a dark stain to try and hide the filler after it cures. And then some Danish oil and paste wax.

My questions are:

1) does wood filler stain OK or do I need to buy a color to match the stain?
2) would a finish of Danish oil and wax be suitable for a children’s desk/table?

Thanks in advance.

MDS

-- "Live each day as if it were your last; one day you're sure to be right." -- Lt Harry "Breaker" Morant


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Wildwood

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#1 posted 01-14-2014 12:23 PM

I have never had much luck staining wood filler. Danish oil and wax not very scratch resistant.

Would furniture touch up pen , make the job easier? Many big box and furniture stores carry them?

http://furniturecareproducts.com.au/scratch-fix-pens/

http://www.amazon.com/Assorted-Furniture-Repair-Markers-Scratch/dp/B001U0UOO6

http://woodrepairproducts.com/

Have to read instructions for pen type products, some allow film finish top coat, some just need wax.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 01-14-2014 12:48 PM

Sounds like functionality is more important than looks. I would use wood filler. About impossible to match, but it sounds like it doesn’t really matter. Test adding stain to the putty before putting it on. and then staining whole surface if you have similar wood to test with. I would topcoat with solvent polyurethane – very hard and scratch resistant. Perfect opportunity to use a scraper plane, cabinet scraper, or smoothing plane to remove the old finish and get the top really flat.

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#3 posted 01-14-2014 08:11 PM

Still think my idea of filling scratch with a pen easiest op! Kids & crafts, may need touch up more than once. You can read reviews here. A simple writing pad or poster paper could protect table top from crafts.

http://www.lowes.com/SearchCatalog?N=0&Ntt=furniture+markers+%2F+pens#!

-- Bill

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mds4752

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#4 posted 01-14-2014 10:26 PM

Is solvent polyurethane just another term for regular polyurethane?

Color match isn’t critical so I’ll get the cracks filled in and prep surface before restaining and finishing.

Would you go with 3-4 coats to be sure it’s well-protected, or more?

Thanks all!

MDS

-- "Live each day as if it were your last; one day you're sure to be right." -- Lt Harry "Breaker" Morant

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