Michael Dresdner

straight talk about wood finishing

Scratches, away!

Q: Our regularly used dining table was refinished in dark brown, high gloss lacquer and shows superficial surface scratches with use. Is this is normal?
A: It is for lacquer, which has only moderate scratch resistance. To make things worse, scratches show more readily on gloss surfaces. Lacquer does have good stain resistance, but not good heat resistance, another issue that often affects well used tables. Thus, it is not usually my first choice for such a table. On the positive side, lacquer buffs out easily, so you can remove the fine scratches with automotive polishing compound whenever they bother you. Otherwise, consider using a tablecloth to keep the finish looking new.