You should be able to make most finish repairs using one or more of the techniques presented in this chapter. To simplify your problems, look on each blemish as a separate problem, and finish one problem before going on to the next. Take care of a foggy or alligatored finish first. Then work on dents and gouges. Next, work on scratches and minor blemishes. And finally, remember that your repairs need not be absolutely perfect. A certain amount of distressing is not only allowable, but even desirable.
IDENTIFYING Ask yourself: How THE EXISTING was it done? What FINfSH materials were used? Are these materials available today? Can you successfully repair this kind of finish?
The chief reason for identifying the finish is that when you make repairs on it, you should use the same finishing material. If you apply a varnish to a lacquer, or lacquer to shellac, strange things might happen because of the incompatibility of the materials. You might get blistering, a sticky finish that never dries, or some odd colorations. What happens depends on which chemicals were used in making the finishes, but as a general rule you can assume that nothing good will come of mixing types of finishes.
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