Asked on Dec 25, 2018

How do I repair a flaw in my dining table?

Carl RoacheKal21880830Lisa Sinclair
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There is a flaw in my dining room table. It’s very noticeable and a bit bumpy. I of course do not want to refinish the table; it has 3 leaves also.

q how to repair a flaw in my dining table
8 answers
  • Laura Cooper
    on Dec 25, 2018

    Jeanette, try using very fine grit sand paper to smooth it out. Then you can use wood stain markers that match your finish to color it. It won't be perfect, but it should blend.

  • Joy30150932
    on Dec 25, 2018

    You could try a putty stick the color to match your table. Put it on and smooth it over with a solvent cloth so the edges are even. The stick is like a crayon and available at any good hardware store.

  • William
    on Dec 25, 2018

    I agree with Laura. When using the stain markers, I use Minwax, dab the maker on the top and blend with your finger. Using it as a maker doesn't always work. You can also use a gel stain.

  • Sheila Marie Powell Odahlen
    on Dec 26, 2018

    try using Mayo on the spot. let set over night, then wipe clean.

  • Kay Cloninger Kirby
    on Dec 26, 2018

    Try coconut oil it's great for covering flaws

  • Lisa Sinclair
    on Dec 26, 2018

    All of these are great suggestions. Mineral oil is also a great way to darken the spot. Lightly sand the area to smooth it out, then pour on the oil, allow to sit for a little vit, then buff with a cloth. Good Luck!!

  • Kal21880830
    on Dec 27, 2018

    The flawis in the finish. I use a product call Howard Restor a Finish. It comes in all different colors, find a color that matches the color of your finish and apply to the entire table top and it will restore the color and even out the finish over the entire table top. If you google Howard Restore-a-finish you can see all the different colors and they even have videos on their website. I used to be an antique furniture dealer, and used this product to restore and repair uneven surfaces, scratches and put the shine back evenly all over. You can find it at Home Depot. Lowes and many sites online. I highly recommend it. It is easy to use. Best wishes.

    • Carl Roache
      on Dec 28, 2018

      Restor-A-Finish is a great product. The only thing that I might have done first was to lightly sand the edges of the the damaged area to feather out and smooth the raised area slightly while making sure that I followed the grain. It should be done with a very light touch for just a few seconds at a time, repeating as necessary.

  • Carl Roache
    on Dec 28, 2018

    Kal21880830 is right on the mark about Restor-A-Finish being such a great product.

    The only thing that I might have done first was to lightly sand the edges of the the damaged area to feather out and smooth the raised area slightly while making sure that I followed the grain. It should be done with a very light touch for just a few seconds at a time, repeating as necessary.


    When applying the finish, be sure to follow the directions as you don't want to leave the finish stand on the surface for too long as bare wood may absorb too much of it. Just wipe it on, wait a few seconds, and wipe it off. You can also reapply if it's not dark enough. If it is too dark, a quick wipe of the finish should dissolve the excess color, but be sure that you wipe if off quickly while applying some pressure. I use a microfibre cloth to thoroughly dry any traces remaining of the finish.


    After a few hours, apply a coat of a good paste wax like Butcher s Wax which will leave you with a beautiful finish that seems to even the surface out.

    • Kal21880830
      on Dec 29, 2018

      When applying the Restor-a-finish the videos on their site show using a fine grit steel wool to help smooth out the finish around any areas of raised or missing finish as you are applying the product. The product itself will fill in the finish unless it is a deep scratch or gouge. But it is a wonderful product and I always had remarkable finishes after using. Happy to hear you like it too! Happy New Year!

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