Touching Up a Water-Based Clear Finish
From contributor B:
WB polys like Minwax now come in aerosol cans. Itís only good for minor touch-ups though.
From contributor C:
A lot of companies such as Fuhr, Crystalac, etc. now sell brushable versions of their sprayable finishes. Buy a quart can just for touch-ups.
From contributor D:
Mohawk has a wipe-on poly that is among the best of any wipe-on touch-up system. It is called Finish Up and is available in various sheens. You can also use Mohawk's precat aerosol for touch-up. This is solvent based precat but it lays out so nicely. This precat will not lift waterbase coatings. I cannot tell you about aerosol precats from other manufacturers, only the Mohawk precat. It is one of the very best aerosols that I use as a furniture technician when I need to do some spot finishing.
From contributor E:
Konig has a W/B aerosol available. I believe it comes in 4 or 5 different sheen levels.
From contributor F:
I've used the Oxford USL Lacquer (water-based) for touch-ups on my WB urethane finishes and it blends in very well. Take a look at the Oxford Lacquer from Target Coatings. It melts into many different waterborne systems. I donít know exactly how they engineered this product but it works on all of the drop-fill repairs that I've had to do over the years on their WB urethane base coats.
From the original questioner:
I'll check into the options that were posted. Do you usually finish the entire stile, rail or panel that's damaged or is a spot repair just around the scratch ok?
From contributor A:
Finish up from Mohawk may work for touchups in other rooms, but I would never use it in a kitchen for touchups. I used to work for a Kitchen Tune-up franchise and the guy we had in charge of the tune-ups did loads of kitchens with the stuff, which does work well as a sheen adjuster, but it gives very little protection and rarely lasts in a kitchen. I am working right now on a kitchen that had the tune-up with finish up about 5 years ago and I had to sand and strip the doors down to bare wood to get them to a place where I had something to work with. This is just my opinion, having worked with it and around it and also from having fixed enough of them a few years later to know. Of course if it is just a small spot, not a whole kitchen, that is one thing, but even then I would go for something else.
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