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Old 04-02-2010, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Chesterfield, VA
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Aargh! After years of moving with the military and using hand-me down furniture, we bought some nice bedroom furniture. Well (you can tell something's coming can't you?), my daughter decided to place an emory board down on my nightstand and then when she picked it up she dragged it. Let's see, emory board equals sandpaper! Anyone have any idea if I might be able to somehow buff out these scratches, and if so how?

Thanks so much for any help you can give me.
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Old 04-02-2010, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I'm assuming this is wood furniture?

If so, you can pick up a repair stick at HD, Lowes, or possibly even Wal-Mart. It's basically colored wax that you rub into the scratches then buff. Make sure you match the stain of the wood, and it will work pretty well.

If the stain isn't removed in the scratches (in other words, it only scratched the poly coating), you can apply a small amount of carnuba wax and buff it.
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Old 04-03-2010, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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Buy the finest steel wool 0000 I believe and use it to apply Howard's Restor-a-Finish - following directions on the can - it comes in several different finishes and really is a miracle product for water marks and scratches - used by many who restore antiques (not refinish, but restore)....you can buy Restor-a-Finish at most antique stores and on-line.
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Old 04-04-2010, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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Someone once took a Yankee candle plug in and put it upside down on one of my dressers. By the time I discovered it-it had eaten its way through the wood. It was an expensive dresser (we bought it before kids-when we could afford stuff, lol) I called the store where I bought it and they gave me the number to a local repair man. He came out and gave us an estimate...I ended up just living with the "hole" in the stain b/c I didn't want to pay $500 to have it fixed BUT it is an option for you. Your damage may not be as severe. I would either call where you got it or call a local wood repair shop.
Good luck. It stinks to have good stuff ruined!
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Old 04-04-2010, 07:22 PM
 
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It sounds like what you really want to do is fill the scratches in, not buff them out. Buffing out means sanding off the finish of the whole area around it and removing some of the wood too.

You can find stain kits and markers that will fill in the scratches at hardware stores.
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Old 04-04-2010, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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Believe me what you want is Restor-a-Finish - it is the best thing on the market for your problem. Don't waste your money on nameless things from the hardware store that may or may not work.

Last edited by Cattknap; 04-04-2010 at 08:19 PM..
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:29 PM
 
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Believe me what you want is Restor-a-Finish - it is the best thing on the market for your problem. Don't waste your money on nameless things from the hardware store that may or may not work.
Cattnap,

Do you use the brand Rockler or Howard?

Thanks!
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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try old english scratch cover. I believe they have a couple of color choices. give it a try. as long as they are not really deep scratches, it might work.
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Old 04-05-2010, 12:05 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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A little "Old English" oil with stain should do it!
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Old 04-05-2010, 01:42 PM
 
Location: 38°14′45″N 122°37′53″W
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Minwax makes a stain pen too.
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