Sunday, September 15, 2013

How to Repair Candle Damages on Fireplace Mantle - Part 1 of 3 - Clean and Sand

Emery Cloth
By Gary Boutin
Supplies and Tools: 

Cordless screwdriver with Phillips tip
Emery Cloth (Sandpaper) 2-inch wide 100-grit
Diagonal "Dikes" cutters 
Rubbing alcohol

My home suffered from the holiday cheer. A Christmas candle was left lit and it burned almost past its bottom. The candle thankfully did not burn down the house, but it did damage the white fireplace mantle paint.The surface was left blistered and peeling.

This post shows four steps to clean and sand the candle damage on a white fireplace mantle. 

Step 1: Fig.1 and fig.2 shows the damage fireplace mantle from a Christmas candle. 
Fig.1 Fireplace mantle
Fig.2 The damage
Step 2: Fig.3 shows that rubbing alcohol was used to removed the wax from the fireplace mantle.
Fig.3 Alcohol
Fig.4 Damage after cleaning
Step 3: Fig.5 through fig.8 shows that Emery cloth sandpaper was used to sand the top paint edges. Fig.5 shows the Emery Cloth sandpaper 2-inch wide 100-grit. Fig.6 shows the paint bubbles being removed from the area. Fig.7 shows the paint dust left from the damage. Fig.8 shows the final sanding job all smooth on both sides of the damage.  
Fig.5 - 100 Grit sandpaper
Fig.6 Remove the bubbles
Fig.7 Sanding dust
Fig.8 Final sanding job
Step 4: Fig.9 through fig.11 shows the paint chips are vacuumed from the mantle and the rug around the fireplace. This ends this post and the next will look at the painting the fireplace mantle.
Fig.9 Portable vacuum cleaner
Fig.10 Vacuum paint chips
Fig.11 Vacuum floor

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