How to Repair a Crack in a Lacquer Finish

Wood furniture on a white background.
What You'll Need
Wax pre-cleaner
Polishing paste
Clean cotton cloths
Lacquer repair kit

Lacquer finish wood furniture is becoming popular once again. The glossy look of lacquer is seen as very fashionable. The problem is that while this is often seen as a durable material, lacquer can quite easily get chipped, scratched, and cracked over time. A brand new piece of lacquered furniture looks amazing, but over time they can start to look tired.

Removing scratches and cracks is actually pretty easy as long as you are careful when dealing with it. If the cracks or scratches are very deep then you might want to talk to a professional for assistance as it is possible to make the problem worse if you're not careful.

Step 1 - Clean the Area

Start by removing all of the dust from the affected area using a clean cotton cloth. Be sure to get rid of all of the dust because if this is left on the surface of the furniture then it can cause scratches when you try to polish it. It may be easier to use a slightly damp cloth to get rid of the dirt and dust, just be sure to go with the grain to reduce the chances of scratching the furniture.

Step 2 - Use Wax Pre-cleaner

Wax pre-cleaner is a substance which can be found at many auto repair stores. Use this to apply to the affected area and then work it into the lacquer using another clean cloth.

Step 3 - Polish

Rub the polish onto the affected areas firmly. Leave it on until it dries and then use another clean cloth to buff it and clean it off the surface of the furniture.

Step 4 - Fill Cracks

Now that you have a clean and scratch free finish you can concentrate on filling the cracks. Choose a lacquer repair kit which contains the substances that you can use to fill the cracks in the lacquer. Apply this paste into the cracks and gently smooth it down. This will fill the gaps but it will always be slightly visible. For a better repair you may want to hire a professional.

Step 5 - Polish

Once the cracks have been filled you must then polish the whole area again. Polish the area using the same technique as before to try and make the repair blend into the rest of the lacquer as much as possible.

Step 6 - Care for Lacquer

Repairing lacquer scratches and cracks is very difficult, it's actually much easier if you concentrate on avoiding the causes of these cracks in the first place. Be careful with your lacquered furniture and treat it with the respect that it deserves; whenever putting anything on a lacquered tale, for example, you must use coasters.