Repairing Damaged Indian Wooden Furniture

Indian wooden furniture, like any other furniture, is prone to damage. In general, wooden furniture often suffers from gouges, cracks, small cracks and broken or chipped sections. Many times, porous wood such as maple can crack and dry out. Maple, however, is not widely used in Indian furniture making. In South India, where the climate is tropical and the temperature humid, wooden furniture can easily deform. In addition, cosmetic defects can also damage Indian furniture. These include paint peeling and paint melting. It is not impossible to repair your damaged Indian wooden furniture and restore it to good condition. It just requires a little attention.

Before beginning the actual restoration process, transport the furniture to a dry outdoor section if the weather permits. Open all windows to ensure ventilation if you find the furniture is too big to move outside. Place old newspapers on the floor to protect it from wood dust and chemical spills. Before starting your work, put on disposable rubber gloves and put on a safety mask.

Indian wooden furniture
Indian wooden furniture

To begin the restoration work on your damaged Indian wood furniture, use any of the chemical stripping agents available to remove the old paint or varnish. Take a clean brush, dip it in the stripping agent and then sprinkle it on the Indian wooden furniture. Wait at least seven minutes for the agent to oxidize. Then, start scraping off the top layers of the paint or varnish with a putty knife or scraping tool.

Now, put on a new pair of gloves to protect your hands from splinters. First, scrub the surface of your Indian furniture using electrical sanding equipment to smooth it evenly and bring out the grain. Use sandpaper to gently scrub remote sections of the cabinet by hand. Next, remove all the dust using a clean brush.

Use wood glue to re-glue the raised pieces of wood. Now look at the furniture and carefully examine the joints. Re-glue the legs of a loose table or chair. As usual, first scrub the surface with sandpaper inside the joints to remove old glue residue. Next, apply glue to the inner surface of the joints and reattach the legs. Apply clamps to secure the parts in place. Remove the clamps only after six to eight hours when the glue dries.

Apply wood sealer to any splits or cracks in the hairline. Let the sealant dry. When both the glue and the sealant dry, rub the surface again gently. Next, remove the wood dust from your Indian furniture.

After doing all of the above, stain your Indian wood furniture. You can use a water-based coloring agent for wood furniture in a wet or dry environment. You can also choose a latex enamel paint if you want to paint your furniture. A couple of hands would be enough. Finally, apply a waterproof and insect repellent glossy finish to the wood.

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