Minor Gouge: Hard Wax

Before and After Rollover

Tools needed:

Hard Wax
Butane Hot Knife
Special Scraper
Special Applicator
Liquid Sandpaper
Cotton Cloth

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1. Using a chisel or Special Scraper, ensure that all loose wood particles are removed and then begin to etch in the direction of the grain.

Tip: The preparation of the damage prior to filling is VERY IMPORTANT. If any loose particles remain they may float to the surface of the fill and destroy any repair attempt.

2. Level the wood surface using the Special Scraper, pulling it toward you at aproximately 25-30 degrees. It is not necessary to scrape in the direction of the grain.

Tip: If you are not comfortable using the Special Scraper you may use the Special Applicator to remove the majority of the fill.

3. Light the Butane Hot Knife by moving the orange switch forward. Turn the dial at the bottom to the highest setting (+), and then place the striker directly in front of the small hole. Wait aproximately 30 seconds and then set the dial to the lowest temperature (-).

Tip: If the Knife does not light, check the settings and then try again moving the striker closer to the mesh hole on the Hot Knife tip.

4. Now select 3-4 colors of the Hard Wax and melt them into the gouge. Make sure to overfill the damaged area.

Tip: When melting the colors into the damage mix as you go. DO NOT attempt to have uniformity in the color of the fill. "Marbleize" it, emulating the natural variations in the wood.

5. After you have overfilled the damaged area, place the special scraper over the top of the filled area and press down. This will cool the wax while filling any voids left in the fill. Don't overcomplicate this step; it is VERY easy and also VERY important!
6. Remove the excess hard wax using the special scraper or the Special Applicator. Look closely at your Special Applicator. On one side you will see that the groves are sharp and the opposite side they are rounded. The rounded side is for removing hard wax on corners and edges. In this case we are removing hard wax on a flat surface so we will chose the side with the sharp grooves.

Tip: The object of this repair method is to try and get the color right in the fill so there is no need to color with pens or paint brushes after the fill process is complete. This makes a much more durable repair that cannot be easily removed. If this is not possible, use touch-up pen or brush over the top to draw in the grain lines.

7. If necessary apply Liquid Sandpaper prior to the finish application. Use Special Repair Lacquer to adjust the sheen and seal the repair.
The repair is now complete.

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