How to Fix Dents on Antiques

How to fix dents on antiques (antique tables, chairs, cabinets, side tables)? Dents require a different treatment compared to wood chips and scratches. In addition, dents may require a more detail-oriented approach depending on the severity and size of the dent.

For example, a medium-sized dent may require water penetration to fill the dent and bring back the surface to normal. However, the result might not be even or consistent with the rest of the wood surface. There might be a need for meticulous refinishing or repolishing to truly fix the damage.

Pine, oak and cherry wood

Antique furniture made from pine wood are relatively softer. They get easily dented with impacts while moving the furniture or when you accidentally dropped an object to its surface. The good thing is the dents are also easily fixed.

On the other hand, antiques made from oak and cherry wood are hard. They don’t get dents easily because of their sturdy nature. However, when dents do appear, they require extra work to fix them completely.

Whether it’s pine, oak or cherry wood, the dents usually require water and heat for them to get fixed. The water will penetrate the wood and fill up the volume. The heat will aid in the expansion (especially for large dents).

It’s simple. However, there’s more to that because the water should penetrate the wood in the first place. This means the finish or coating on that area should be removed first before the water can do its work. As a result, you need to “further damage” the area before the dent can be fixed.

Why expert craftsmen should do the job?

It’s easy to remove the coating and apply water and heat to raise the dent and bring back the original level of the wood surface. However, the real challenge is bringing back the original appearance of the wood surface. That is, you need to apply a coating again to complete the process.

Expert craftsmen do the job to ensure an even and consistent surface after fixing the dent. They perform careful sanding, surface pre-treatment and application of coating. They may also do a re-polishing or refinishing to make it all smooth and even.

As you’ve noticed, it’s a meticulous process even for fixing one dent. That’s why many craftsmen take the extra mile when fixing dents. They apply a more resilient coating (e.g. polyurethane) to better protect antiques from future impacts and weathering.

Fix dents on antiques Sydney

Here at Glen Sheldon French Polishing, we perform thorough and careful repairs on antique tables, cabinets and chairs. We understand the monetary and sentimental value of these items. That’s why we are careful every step of the process. Whether we do it on site or at our workshop, we’re careful when handling your valuable furniture.

Contact us today if you require careful and meticulous furniture repair services. Let’s discuss the estimated cost and time for the project to be completed.