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?
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
If it's just a scorch of the varnish / poly, you can sand and refinish. If
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
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