Touch-Up Kits and Polishes for Wood Furniture

Wood Care Products

Wood polish
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Wood care products such as polishes and touch up repair kits can easily take care of surface scratches and scuffing. You have to remember that you will have to reapply these products from time to time to keep your furniture looking good, but one application can last months.

Remember to use a product that matches the color of your wood. With filler crayons, you might have to mix colors to get the right match. Always try out the products first in an inconspicuous spot to see how it is going to look...MORE because a botched up fix can look worse than a scratch.

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    Since it is important to match the color of your wood, use this polish to fix scratches on your dark furniture.

    This liquid polish works on scratches in dark wood furniture such as mahogany and cherry. Depending on how deep the scratch is, the polish works to make it close to invisible or at least less noticeable. Apply sparingly with a soft lint free cloth, and follow by buffing with another soft lint free cloth.

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    Reckitt Benckiser Old English Scratch Cover for light wood should be used on lighter wood. Again use in an inconspicuous corner before you apply it to the scratches. Use a lint free cloth to apply and another soft, clean lint free cloth to buff. If possible find an area of exposed wood to test upon, so that you are assured of the correct color match.

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    Old English Lemon Oil Polish should be used when you need to polish your furniture. Use only on varnished wood to condition, clean and shine it.

    Remember to use sparingly, applying with a soft, lint free cloth. Buff with another piece of cloth after applying. Do not polish your furniture more than once every six months or so, or you could end up with a sticky build up.

    This polish can also be used to remove scratch cover that is the wrong color for your wood. When removing scratch cover, apply...MORE liberally and buff with a soft cloth.

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    Minwax can be applied to a clean, dust free wood surface when you need to use wax on your furniture. Apply a thin, even coat with a clean cloth. Allow Minwax Paste Finishing Wax to dry thoroughly (10-15 minutes) and polish with a clean cloth, weighted buffer or electric polisher. This finishing wax produces a hard, dry, oil-less polish and is recommended for lighter wood.

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    The Zenith Tibet Almond Stick Scratch Remover is not a hard crayon like stick as the name might lead you to believe, but a soft, fibrous, cloth-like material that is wrapped tightly and saturated in an oily substance. One stick lasts for years, and a lot of users swear by it to fix any wood surface. However, you have to remember that there are no magic products to actually disappear scratches. At best, they can be disguised by using any of these products. That said, this is a quick fix and does...MORE make scratches less noticeable.

    Apply the "stick" to any wood, and buff with an absorbent tissue or cloth to wipe away any extra oil.

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    The Guardsman Furniture Touch Up Kit consists of four markers that can be used to touch up any finish, light medium or dark. It can hide nicks, scratches and scuffed edges and dries quickly.

    Start with the lightest marker, and it is always a good idea to try out the different shades in an inconspicuous area to see which color will go with your finish. You might need to combine two or more colors to match the exact finish. Immediately wipe off any marker that gets on non scratched surface as it...MORE can leave permanent darker marks on it.

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    This best selling product helps moisturize and protect wood, giving it protection and a soft luster. This works best for regular maintenance, but can be used on unfinished wood as well.

    A word of caution, though. This product contains petroleum distillate, so avoid breathing in or contact with skin. It can be combustible so keep in a safe spot and do not use in a room with an open flame.