Furniture Spot Repair


You can perform spot repair, or spot refinishing, on your scuffed furniture without having to stain and refinish the entire piece. If the spots are numerous, however, it might make sense to sand down and refinish the entire piece of furniture rather than dealing with a bunch of tiny touch-ups.

Things You'll Need

  • Oil-based stain
  • Oil-based finish
  • Mineral spirits
  • Artist paintbrush
  • #0000 steel wool
  • Cloth
  • Paste wax
  • Buy oil-based stain that matches the color of the original stain. Stains come in a wide variety of tones. View swatches and samples at hardware and paint stores. You can obtain a customizes color, if necessary. Buy the same oil-based finish that was originally used on the furniture. This could be varnish, shellac, lacquer or resin.

  • Wipe down the areas with mineral spirits to ensure they are clean and ready to accept the stain.

  • Use an artist paintbrush to coat the spots with the stain. Allow the stain to saturate the wood for 15 minutes, then wipe away the excess stain with a clean, dry cloth. Apply additional coats of stain in the same manner, if the color isn't dark enough. Let the stain fully dry as directed in the instructions on the can.

  • Lightly sand the stained areas with #0000 steel wool and wipe away the sanding dust.

  • Paint a coat of finish over the stained area. Blend the edges to create a seamless connection with the surrounding, preexisting finish. Allow the finish to fully dry as directed in the instructions on the can.

  • Lightly sand the finished area with #0000 steel wool.

  • Polish the area by buffing it with a clean, dry cloth and paste wax.

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