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Antique refinishing issue

This table is part of an antique dining room set. In addition to the scratches, note in the pics the 6x6 square area where the craftsman apparently failed to apply top coat. I want to repair these imperfections while maintaining the original appearance of the surface as much as possible, including sheen. I appreciate suggestions on how to do this: prep, dealing with scratches, what top coat to use, if any, etc. Thanks.
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-17-2015, 12:50 PM
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Start by identifying the existing finish. Likely lacquer of shellac. Lacquer thinner will reactivate lacquer. Denatured alcohol will reactivate shellac. I'd start with denatured, as it won't harm lacquer.
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Thanks for the response Pinwheel. How can I identify the existing finish? I have no idea when or where this was made, or by who, so cant ask. By reactivate, do you mean dissolve? So are you saying that rubbing with the proper solvent would help to distribute the existing finish evenly over this bare spot?
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What makes you think it is an antique? It looks to me like a number of factory built commercial items. It's probably a veneer applied to a plywood or composition material substrate.

Be that as it may, scratches that are only in the finish are an easier thing to deal with than damage that has gone through the finish and into the underlying wood. It looks like you have both issues on your table top.

It would be best that you take it to an experienced furniture repairer.

Howie..........
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Your table appears to be in very good shape. I've seen several of this design at antique dealers. The French were very active with parquet and veneers.
I would scuff sand lightly with 320 grit free-cut sandpaper. And spray with lacquer. I think the spot your concerned with will vanish after the above two steps.
Good luck.
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Thanks for the response Pinwheel. How can I identify the existing finish? I have no idea when or where this was made, or by who, so cant ask. By reactivate, do you mean dissolve? So are you saying that rubbing with the proper solvent would help to distribute the existing finish evenly over this bare spot?
My first reply gave you the directions for identifying the finish.
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