Repairing nicks in hardwood

Old 02-28-07, 08:55 AM
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Repairing nicks in hardwood

Thanks, Floorguy, for answering my question regarding removing glue from hardwood. Mineral spirits worked great.

I also have a couple nicks that are down to the wood, the largest being about 3 or 4 mm square, 2 mm deep. The wood is not stained, but the nicks appear very light. I read through about 10 pages of threads and didn't find any that apply totally to my circumstances. I have an aluminum oxide finish, no stain. When I was removing the glue, I went over a couple of the nicks with the mineral spirits, thinking they were glue, and the nicks disappeared. You could feel them if you rubbed, but other than that, you couldn't see them. But when I came back and I guess the mineral spirits had dried, it was showing again.

I read in one thread where they were told that if it was small enough to just dab it with some clear nail polish. That wasn't an aluminum oxide finish, so I'm hesitant.

What do you suggest?

Thanks again!
Old 02-28-07, 07:02 PM
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If this is natural hardwood (not laminate), they sell a filler type wax made for this type of flooring in different colors. The other option is to try and sand the nicks out which can be dangerous for the novice. Not dangerous as in safety, but dangerous as in you might do more harm then good.
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Clear finger nail polish. If it is too glossy, take a pencil eraser after it, when it has dried a couple of days

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