Fix dents & deep scratches in timber floors & furniture

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Damage to floorboards and furniture can happen no matter how careful you are, but there are ways of repairing or disguising the marks without spending a fortune.

Colour Selection.

Ok, don't worry about the name of a colour, it's the appearance of the colour that matters. Many retailers of timber products today re-name a manufactures colour to make it their own. So, you need to pick a colour that resembles the timber to be repaired, not the name on the label.


Clear away any dust, dirt, loose fibers of timber and flakes of lacquer. Vacume or brush with a soft clean brush. Have a clean, microwave safe plate, sharp knife or putty knife and lighter on hand. Caution! Do Not Use any cleaning product which contains silicone as it seeps into your timber through lacquer and will cause problems if you ever have to repaint. Reappearing as strange marks or even causing the paint ot peel off.


There are a couple of ways of applying the wax, depending on exactly where damage is......

1.  On a horizontal surface or if the damage is deep. Using a lighter, you can melt the wax and drop it directly into the repair area.  A good method if you do not have to mix the colours to match.  Take care you don't drop hot wax onto nearby paint or lacquered timber. The heat may affect it.

2.  On a vertical surface or if you want to mix colours to match. Using a lighter, melt a few drops of your selected wax stick onto the clean plate. Warming the plate first in hot water or the microwave will give you more time to mix the wax before it cools. Ensure you dry the plate if warmed in water. Once the desired colour is achieved, use the knife and fill in the damaged area. If the wax cools too rapidly, reheat the plate in the microwax for a few seconds until it's soft enough to apply.

3. If the damage is small and deep. Wrap the waxstick in plastic wrap or place in a plastic bag and either hold in you hand to warm or hold the tip of the wrapped stick in hot water until the wax if soft. Then, remove the wrapping and rub the wax stick across the damaged area, pushing ther wax into the damage.

Allow the wax to cool and become firm before gently removing any excess wax. You can now recoat your timber with laquer if required. Wax sticks are good for repairs to small areas or areas that will not be sujected to stress. For example,  we would not recommend you repair damage to the edge of a wooden step with wax sticks.

And always, take care with sharp tools and lighters.

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For light scratches that have only gone through the laquer and not bitten deeply into the underlying timber, you may only need to touch up the mark with a Timber Touch Up Pen.

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