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How to revive a worn finish

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Fix 3: Add fresh topcoats
Fish-eye bumps on board
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Silicone from some furniture polishes
causes additional coats of finish to
bead up like water drops on a waxed
car, an effect called fish-eye.

Fix 3: Add fresh topcoats

Badly scratched and dented wood can't be repaired without sanding down to bare wood. But in lightly scratched wood, you can achieve a finish that looks aged, rather than abused, by adding topcoats and then sanding those down for an even sheen and smoother surface. Use satin or semi-gloss topcoats on less-than-flawless surfaces. A high-gloss finish requires more polishing, and that gloss highlights surface flaws.

Begin with a thorough cleaning with waterless soap followed by mineral spirits to remove grime, wax, and furniture polish, which can produce fish-eye in the new topcoats, shown in photo right. Then hand-sand the surface to 320 grit to prepare it for the new coats.

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