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How do you repair wooden furniture?

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To repair wooden furniture, apply retouching marker, paste wax and polish to fix scratches; sand chipped or gouged areas, and fill with wax; use nail polish to repair minor, superficial chips; and apply an auto-body filler to fix chew marks. Glue loose portions of veneer, or replace with a new one. Also, glue old joints, and seal any gaps with a sealant. Restore furniture appearance using wood stain or paint and varnish.

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Begin repairing wooden furniture by cleaning it with detergent and warm water. Use mineral spirits to remove grease stains.

When using a retouching marker to fix minor scratches, ensure that its color matches the wood stain. After applying the marker, coat the area with paste wax, and use a similar-shaded scratch cover polish on it. Fill deep gouges using a wax putty stick, and finish the area using paste wax. For superficial chips, apply clear nail polish, let it air-dry, and sand to even the surface.

To remove pet chew marks, first scrape the area using a blade. Then fill with the auto-body filler, let it dry for around five minutes, and sand to smooth the surface. Use wax crayons to fill tiny holes, apply acrylic paint of a suitable hue, and finish with a clear lacquer coat.

Use wood glue to reattach loosened veneer and joints. When replacing the veneer, remove the old one using a lacquer thinner, and use contact cement and veneer sealant to affix the new one.

For furniture restoration, sand the piece, and apply a similar-colored wood stain or latex paint. After these dry, coat the furniture twice with a varnish that resists water and repels insects.

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