How to touch up "black ash" speaker cabinets

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Forum topic by groland posted 04-03-2015 04:09 PM 2498 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-03-2015 04:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finish black ash

Lots of speaker companies make a “black ash” finish, which is a matte black stain over ash wood. Since ash is so light a color, scrapes in these finishes are very obvious.

Does anyone know what products to use and how best to repair/restore such finishes short of refinishing the whole cabinet?



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#1 posted 04-03-2015 04:41 PM

Not sure about the finish on yours, but I’ve had success hiding the scratches on similar surfaces with a black marker :)


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#2 posted 04-03-2015 05:15 PM

Yeah, black marker for scratches.

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#3 posted 04-03-2015 05:44 PM

MORE SPECIFICALLY – A superfine-tipped black marker is the correct tool. A typical black marker tip will leave its mark on the outer edges of the scratch (which usually doesn’t wipe off) which can look like a child touched it up. Also, dried black marker touch-up can look ‘purple-ish’ against a dark black finish.

A much better touch up method:
- VERY LIGHTLY run the folded edge of a 400 grit sandpaper – into the scratch only – 3-4 times, then clean off
- open up your UNSTIRRED can of oil-based black stain and scrape from its bottom a tiny bit of its stain pigment/sludge with a very thin/pointed scrap of wood
- wipe that tiny bit of stain sludge in to your scratch, lightly remove any excess from the scratch
- carefully wipe away any excess from around the scratch edges/outer surface with a soft absorbent cloth
- then, shortly after doing the above, some guy named Bob will be your uncle

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