Wood furniture touches up work is a little secret that many people are not aware of. I have found that most Individuals I come in contact with that has had some damage assessed to their woodwork are not aware that the problem can be corrected and made to look consistent, vibrant and new again.
Touch up work is known by many names such as scratch repair, furniture repair, antique repair, refurbishing, etc. There are typically three stages of repairs that can be performed to your damaged material; but please note that these stages are dependent upon the extent of damage that has been assessed. These stages or variations of repairs include touch up, reconditioning and refinishing.
Performing a touch up usually includes the repair of minor damages such as scratches, fire and water damage, abrasions, nicks, gouges, chips, etc. Reconditioning usually occurs when one’s woodwork has been assessed minor injuries and damage such as a worn and dull finish; or when one would like a change in color. Reconditioning will allow you to maintain the original value without stripping and reapplying a new finish. Finally, refinishing is the process in which the original finish of your wood is removed from the old finish, and a fresh finish is re-applied making it look brand spanking new. This option too is used when there has been severely damaged with no other choice of repair. Refinishing is a much more costly procedure to have performed; this is why ongoing maintenance is recommended to keep your material adequately lubricated and nourished with state of the art custom made material specifically designed for your woodwork.
A touch-up repair can be performed on the original and authentic material. This is inclusive of cabinets, doors, elevator cabs, coffee tables, nightstands, anything that is wood-based, touch up work can be performed to correct the blemishes and maintain the integrity of your material.
So, if your noticing that your material is beginning to look dull, has scratches, rub marks, nicks, gouges, abrasions, etc.; then it is probably time to have maintenance performed with a professional touch up specialist or if your feeling creative by doing it your self. Some primary materials that are involved in the repair process are steel wool pads, sand rolls, filler, cheesecloth wipes, markers, excellent touch-up brushes, paste wax, filler sticks, polish, filler sticks, glue, dry powder color, wax filler sticks, color box/touch up paint.
Furniture touch up can become a nice hobby, or it can make for a lucrative business for one who has patience and a knack for creativity. Either way, always ensure that the integrity of your material is maintained by performing incremental touch-up maintenances to avoid dull worn looking and costly repair work in the long term.