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12-26-2008 09:07 PM

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I have a coffee table made by Kincade that has a dull finish (maybe Satin). My wife noticed some light scratches and tried to run them out. Now I have a few shinny spots where she rubbed. Does anyone have any advice to get the spots back down to the flat/dull finish that the rest of the table has.

I figured it was best to put the question out there before I try and screw it up more!

Thanks in advance,
Dave.


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#1 posted 12-27-2008 12:10 AM

sure we can help…what did she rub it with…steel wool or a compound …, may sound like the dumbest thing you ever heard of, but a light rubbing with steel wool should bring it in…if its still too glossy then we can go further down the sheen scale..by sanding with a super fine paper..but lets determine where we need to be first…knowing what she rubbed it with will help alot

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#2 posted 12-27-2008 01:10 AM

Her finger. I was thinking that she just rubbed some of the oil from her hands on it but that does not look like the case.

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#3 posted 12-27-2008 04:49 PM

try a light rub with the grain of 0000 steel wool…on an underside and see if thatgives the sheen and if not let me know if its too dull or too glossy

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#4 posted 12-27-2008 05:56 PM

I can see fine scratches when useing the 0000. it looks like the right sheen but I don’t want scratches.

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#5 posted 12-27-2008 07:16 PM

the auto compound will polish , it is a great rub out product but is designed to give a gloss….
Ok what you have is a unrubbed factory finish where the sheen is derived from using a flating paste ( silica), which causes it to appear dull…this is almost impossible to reproduce with out respraying…however the closest you will get is to use some abralon , by mirka, its basically a sandpaper sponge designed for rubbing out finishes and solid surfaces, it can be used on a random orbit sander (hook and loop)...in a 1000 grit..because it basically sands the surface to a uniform grit ,and in a random orbit pattern it doesnt show the scratches like the steel wool does…there are basically tow ways to dull a finish, first is the flating agent as described above, second is to abrade the surface in a controlled manner.( sanding) , i know this sounds dumb as a brick but it works great…to understand take a gold ring as an example, it gets dull due to small scratches gettin on it, when the jeweler buffs it , using a compound which is simply a very fine abrasive, he decreases , or removes the scratches ,which were diffusing light and made the ring appear dull, if you were to examine the ring under a magnifying glass you would see scratches…they simply arent large enough for the eye to see, what you are doing here is the reverse….you are simply sanding to a uniform ,specific grit, which will dull the surface uniformly, but you must be very careful, not to oversand, and be sure to watch for sharp edges and corners , because they can be sanded thru quickly… here is a link to but one seller of the abralon pads..

http://www.homesteadfinishing.com/htdocs/Mirkaabrasives2.htm

hope this helps…but again try it on a hidden area…1000 should give you a moderately dull finish, 500 is too course…If you need a little soapy water can help lubrication, but please go easy ..sanding thru can happen in a split second

Additionally here is a video i did on rubbing out…while you wont need to sand to level the rubout part is about the same …. http://www.antiquesbuiltdaily.com/tips.htm

hope this helps

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#6 posted 12-27-2008 07:18 PM

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#7 posted 12-27-2008 08:02 PM

Thanks for suggestions and details. I will probably try the paste wax just to see if I can get a unifor sheen and if not then lightly sand it off and recoat with a few spray coats.

BTW. the video link is still not working for me.

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