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Cherry Veneer Scratches

Cheery wood veneer furniture

Question: Hi I have cherry wood veneer furniture.

My coffee table set is pretty scratched up already and I just bought the set. How do I make some of the scratches go away or how do I polish the furniture with this cherry wood veneer! Thanks, Dee.

Hi Dee, I would try cleaning your coffee table first with a good Furniture Cleaner. If there is wax or polish on the table the furniture cleaner may clean away some of the scratches. Another good cleaner is Orange Oil and it'll add a bit of oil through the finish into the wood.

Almond stick to hide minor scratches

A Zenith Tibet Almond Stick works wonders on white surface scratches. Rub the stick along the scratch and it will generally disappear. Won't damage the finish, making it ideal for antiques, pianos and fine furniture. Works with all types of wood. Not recommended for gouges, deep scratches or for use on bleached surfaces.
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What is veneer

I'm frequently asked, what is veneer? Veneer is a very thin sheet of wood measured in 1/64 of an inch thickness to a little thicker. Although scratches can get into the veneer and depper, most scratches will be in the clear finish protecting the veneer.

How is veneer made

Most veneer is peeled in sheets from a log on a very large lathe. As the log turns a long stationary razor sharp blade cuts sheets of veneer.

Another method is to cut a large diameter log in two end to end and cut sheets from the exposed wood end to end. A third method is to cut the log end to end then cut the halves of log in two again making a quarter of a log to make slices end to end.

Each method gives a different appearing veneer and generally all methods make a very pretty figured sheet of veneer.

Restor-a-Finish for stronger veneer scratch repair

If the almond stick doesn't do the job then you might try Restor-a-Finish. It does a good job of hiding minor scratches in a furniture finish.

Polish scratches away with Rottenstone or Pumice

Another method would be to use Rottenstone or Pumice. Pumice and rottenstone are abrasive powders that are used with water or oil for a lubricant to rub out blemishes and scratches in a finish. Be aware of the word ABRASIVE.
Pumice is a little more coarse than rottenstone and they work more for polishing than for removing stock, but if you get too vigorous and don't watch carefully you can polish clear through the finish.

Paste wax can fill in minor scratches

After it looks like you want it to you might try a coat of Furniture Wax. Apply paste furniture wax very thin, so it'll harden properly to give protection to the finish, then just keep your furniture finish maintained with a damp cloth and dry soft buffing cloth.

Use the Furniture Cleaner every six months to remove the old wax, then re-wax with the Furniture Wax. - Online Art Supplies
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