Removing a Burn Mark?

October 29, 2021

How do you remove a burn mark in light wood?



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Method 1: Using the finest steel wool available, rub the smallest area possible --- in the direction of the grain -- with mineral oil.
Method 2: Soak a cork in turpentine and then rub the burned area with it. Once the burn is eliminated, apply a coat of wax over the spot.

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If you have waxed wood, then use a piece of cork soaked in turpentine and rub the burned area with it; once the wood burn is gone, put a coat of wax back on the wood.


Lacquered wood: on modern lacquers, clean with a cloth dampened with soapy water, and if the burn stains resist add a few drops of household alcohol or bleach; on a more fragile lacquer pass a cloth impregnated with a mixture of 1/3 of gasoline and 2/3 of linseed oil.

Varnished or Vitrified wood: remove the burn marks by scraping the wood with a knife blade and then fill the hole with a wood paste in the color of the furniture; rub gently with sandpaper to even the surface then apply a varnish of the same color; or run a cloth impregnated with a mixture of 1/3 gasoline and 2/3 linseed oil on the stained varnished wood.

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You would have to sand down the area, apply the stain and then the topcoat. If this is a large or visible area you will have to do the whole thing, such as a dining room table top.

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First I would try light sanding right atop the burn then I would use a furniture marker as close to the same color as possible.

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