Wood Furniture Repairs & Touch Up
Often times I see people come to a craftsman with their damaged woodwork not knowing that the problem can actually be solved simply by applying some touch up stain and a topcoat of protective finish or paint. Result: the wood furniture looks just as good as new after the touch up work is done.
The term 'touch up' is also commonly known by a number of names such as scratch repair, wood repair, wood touch up etc. Generally speaking, there are three stages of repairs that can be carried out depending on the extent of damage of the material. These variations of repairs include refinishing, touch up and reconditioning.
Touch up work is usually sufficient enough to repair minor scratches and damages such as scratches, chips or abrasions. Many people are tempted to try the touch up markers sold today however most don't work very well. The color doesn't match well and it will wipe off when dusting or polishing.
Touch up repair can be done on most types of material. This may include wood, wood laminates, Formica, fiberglass, leather and floor repair. Any piece that is is missing the finish or color on it can be touched up to fix its blemishes and maintain the material's integrity. A system I have found particularly useful is the Exact Match Wood Touch Up system. They make it easy by premixing a large selection of colors that you take off of color cards. The color and finish is done in one step so no topcoat is required. I got my kit at www.touchup.com and use it all the time. They offer five different kits that have various components in them. The simplest is $39.95 so it's pretty inexpensive considering you can do hundreds of repairs with one kit. The most complete kit is used for floor repair.
Reconditioning on the other hand is required when there are stubborn stains built up on the wood or when some of the finish has worn away or become dull. You can also carry out a reconditioning if you want a change in color and to repair minor damages. Reconditioning maintains the material's original quality without stripping off its existing finish layer. Always consult with a professional or do your homework when reconditioning a piece if you are unsure of the best way to do it.
Lastly, you may need to do a complete refinishing if your furniture has been somehow severely damaged and there are no other repair options left. The original finish of the woodwork will be stripped away and a new finish will be applied to make it look brand new. Obviously, a refinishing job will cost a lot more so it is really important that you always take good care of your furniture to avoid having to resort to such measures.