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Repairing Our Hand Rubbed Oil Finish

If the surface of your oil finished furniture is damaged, we can send a repair kit to you for $25   (delivered).  General instructions for repair are given below.  If you will send a description and photo, we will tailor the instructions to your situation.

Our tung oil and urethane mix and exacting, hand rubbed method give a surface unmatched to please the eye and hand.  The material develops the natural color of the wood and enlivens the grain.  The method produces the satin sheen and sensuous feel.  We don't use stains.  Because the color is natural and there is no heavy coating, damage to the surface and finish can be relatively easily repaired or ameliorated.

Evaluate the damage.  There are four types of surface damage, each having particular repair methods.

  • Gouges, tears, or chips:  Damage in this category usually results from a blow and/or dragging action of a sharp object.  The wood fibers are torn or cut, and a piece may be missing. Gouges, tears, or chips may be very deep.
  • Dents:  Dents are depressions resulting from a direct blow from a dull object.  The wood fibers are compressed but not cut or torn, or only a very little so.  Repairable depressions may be up to 3/16 of an inch deep.
  • Scratches:  Scratches are very shallow injuries (1/32" or less) which may have characteristics of either of the above cases.
  • Spots:  These are shadowy areas made by liquids that are left to dry on the surface.

To repair gouges, tears, or chips

Contact us.

To repair dents and scratches

Drive steam into the wood fibers with a clothes iron to swell them back into their original position.  Wet a washcloth.  Wring it out to the point where it is almost ready to drip but doesn't.  Hold a two-layer section of the cloth over the dent.  Concentrate the heat over the depression, usually with an area of the iron near the point, and press until the section of cloth over the dent and under the iron is almost dry.  Repeat with another section of damp cloth.  It may take a dozen applications of steam.  After you have moved the wood fibers as far as they will go, let the area dry overnight.  Refinish the area as described below for repairing spots.  Some hint of the damage will likely remain, but it will be much less noticeable.

To repair spots

Put a little finish on a cloth and wet the area.  Keep the area wet for ten–fifteen minutes or until you feel it becoming sticky.  Periodically rub the area with the cloth, adding finish as necessary to keep the area wet. Lightly sand with 400G while the finish is wet.  Wipe all excess off with a dry cloth or paper towel.  Do not leave any finish on the surface.

After 48 hours or more, repeat using 600G sandpaper.  You won't need to wait as long this time or use as much oil.

After 24 hours or more, repeat using 1000G sandpaper.

Do not concentrate sanding pressure in a small area, but blend it and feather it.  Spread the sanding and oiling over an increasing area with each treatment.  Carefully wipe off all excess oil each time

Oily cloth or paper may spontaneously combust.  Spread the cloth or paper outside to dry until crusty before disposal.

Call toll-free 888/334-0307 if you have questions


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