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 Post subject: Repairing nail holes
PostPosted: Jan Wed 11, 2017 7:53 pm 

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Location: Central Florida, 32765
I just started stripping this cabinet and realized there are several nails in the top of the cabinet. I don't know if they are original or not. Either way, they need to be repaired. Is there any special filler I should use? I like Timber Mate, but the color selection is not that great. I don't want the filler to show through the lacquer finish. Any thoughts?

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 Post subject: Re: Repairing nail holes
PostPosted: Jan Thu 12, 2017 5:15 am 

Joined: Mar Sat 28, 2009 8:27 pm
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Location: Georgia
If it were in my shop I would first try stick shellac. It comes in a variety of colors and is applied with a small heated iron similar to a low temp soldering iron and takes lacquer and sanding sealers well. Your other choice would be to use a 1/8 sharp drill at high speed (not a cordless drill) where your nail hole is and insert a walnut peg into the hole. It would take stain and you could orient the grain of the peg to align with the surrounding grain. This is a meticulous process but can be done to hide a scar like yours. I did a cigarette scar in a mahogany piano that way last month and satisfied the owner. Good luck.

 Post subject: Re: Repairing nail holes
PostPosted: Jan Thu 12, 2017 10:57 am 

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Location: Nr London, England, SS1 3PT
I would do the grain fill / stain and then fill the nail holes with car body filler: hangs in better than anything in my tests. Then touch up with a first dab of artists oil paint and give it a lacquer coat. Probably will need another touch up with the paints before the next lacquer coat.

All covered in the "artists oil paint method" you can find on the Forum.


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