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Removing Dent from Chair with lacquer finish

- 02 Mar 2018 -
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Hi everyone

I just got some Wormley slipper chairs restored. They are beautiful but I accidentally dropped something and made a small dent on the front of the frame. What are my options to get this dent out and smooth out the area?

Can I steam this area if the finish is lacquerd?

Should I pay a restoration company do do it? Will they need to sand the entire chair and restain and lacquer it?

If they only sand a small area will the stain transition smoothly?

The restoration company I worked with doesn't want to repair anything because I think they believe they did all they can and think this is an existing dent from prior.

Please help me out if you can. I'm pretty bummed out I already ruined my new chairs less than 2 hours old.

Removing Dent from Chair with lacquer finish
1940 - 1949


- 03 Mar 2018

More than likely, a professional would do what is called a burn-in. This can be done with clear or colored material. You don't really want to steam it, and you'll have a touch time feathering any sanding and color repair. There are in-home repair specialists who could do this pretty easily... I'd call around for one of them.

On the other hand... it looks fairly minor in the pictures?

- 09 Mar 2018

Pretty microscopic, isn't it ? Anything you (or anyone else) does to this will probably make it more noticeable, not less. The trick with any repair is to keep the site as small as possible -- don't let the efforts spread out the damage over a larger area.

This damage hasn't torn the finish. I'd leave it alone, and thank yourself for not making a larger dent than you did !

- 09 Mar 2018

It's like the first little ding you get in a shiny new car. It seems like a huge deal but within a week you've forgotten all about it.

- 09 Mar 2018

Yup. When I clashed the gears a couple of times on my brand-new Celica GT in '84, I insisted the garage change the transmission fluid on the first servicing. And I saw a ripple in the windshield, right at eye level, and the brake-light switch was way too loud. I devised a muffler for that, using a half-pint juice carton and some fiberglass.

Later, I couldn't even find the windshield flaw . . .

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