repair wood finish on banister


Old 09-13-02, 09:21 AM
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repair wood finish on banister

I set a bottle of Oxyclean solution on the wooden banister and it ate thru the finish and left a horrible ring. I know that the wood was originally stained with Minwax. How can I repair this small portion of the bannister without having to refinish the whole thing? Thanks!
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Old 09-14-02, 06:03 PM
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It may be tough to create a perfect match, but you can get close. I assume the Oxyclean ate through the varnish/polyurethane also. One option is to strip and refinish the entire rail. If that's not feasible... try these steps.....

-Clean the area to make sure no remaining Oxy is left.
-Lightly sand the damaged area. Try to "feather" the finish... gradually sand out from the damaged area into good finish.
- Check out stain samples at your local home center. Pick a stain that closely matches. Try on a piece of scrap wood.
- Apply the stain to the sanded area. Let dry overnight. Appy a second coat if you need to darken it.
- Apply a top coat of polyureathane. It's likely a semigloss finish.
- Try to blend into the good/old finish. Two coast may be needed.
- Use good quality brushes..... or use a foam disposable brush.

That should do it. Chances are that only you (and now me!) will know that it was damaged! Let us know how it comes out.
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