Scorched woodwork

We had a small candle burning in a glass container (about the size of a shot glass) on our wood mantle. The candle burned to the bottom of the wick. The container got so hot, we now have a black scorch mark on the wood. Are there any tricks to removing this, or is our only option to sand and refinish?
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Call a furniture repair business....they can work wonders on wooden furniture so I would think they may have a solution for you....good luck, Ross
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It is surprizing how deep some burn marks go, so would not recommend sanding it out . If you do then a depression will result and youb will be faced with the task of refinishing and matching the area .
I would do the following, find the local refinishing supply store get a small amount of shellac and denatured alcohol ,and some powdered colors about the same as your mantle , mix the alcohol and shellac to about a 3 lb cut and with a small paint brush color the area in to match the rest of the mantle . It might take mixing several of the colors together with perhaps a few darker streaks to imitate the grain [probably need a little black pigment] Put the color on with the brush almost dry for best effects .....mjh
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You can't unscorch wood. Sand and refinish.
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M&K wrote:

It is no longer "wood". It is charcoal. You can sand it off/out. It won't stain. Small enough and touch-up paint can be used, but doesn't stick to burnt wood well. Lucky it didn't go further :o)
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it's a serious burn, probably the best you can do is try to mess around with the finish to make it sort of look like it "belongs". Might just have to learn to like the "distressed" look for this mantle...it's not a burn mark, it's character :-)
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