I have a fairly expensive dining room table with a highly polished
surface, polished almost to what I might called a "mirrored finish".
Over time I have notice some very faint hair line scratches in the
surface. Is there any way to restore the surface to a scratch-free
finish? Remember, it's polished almost to a mirror condition.
Nicsand makes 3,000, 5,000, and 10,000 grit polish. I've got only the 3
and 5, but the instructions mention 10k for "mirror" finishes. You'll
need a buffer, too.
I'd try polishing out the scratches starting with with the finest
abrasive I could find.
Here's a link to some polishes and glazing compounds:
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You only need very little and buff the heck out of it. It fills the
scrathes. Hard to try this out on a inconspicious spot, but if you can
it would be best of course. You'de be amazed of the size of scratches
wax can hide.
Use good Birwax or some other real stuff. Follow the directions.
This is safe to try:
Tibet Almond Stick has been around for ever because it works good. Should
you attempt to use an abrasive polish on your table top, it will be easy to
screw it up and have to completely refinish the table.
About the time I had mastered getting the toothpaste back in the tube, then
I'd try buffing it out with regular furniture paste wax. If that doesn't
work, you may want to try one of the mild automotive polishes. I've had
good luck with Meguiar's brand to make a mirror finish on polished shellac.
Try the Cleaner Wax product -- wax with a very fine abrasive. Only if the
scratches are very severe, you could try a more aggressive product (such as
their ScratchX product), followed by the Cleaner Wax.
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