Finish Patcher

Repair defects in finish of furniture.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $42,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Finish Patchers do?

Repairs defects, such as holes, cracks, and scratches, in finish of furniture or furniture stock: Examines each defective article to determine method of repair. Fills holes and cracks with shellac or wax, using heated blade to melt and spread wax and shellac. Removes varnish and smooths cracks and scratches with sandpaper. Applies stain to match furniture surface and varnish to protect surface, using brush or spray gun. Smooths and shapes repaired surface with sandpaper, pumice stone, steel wool, or chisel. Nails, screws, or glues broken or split parts together. Rubs glossy spots with pumice stone and oil, and polishes dull spots with wax to match surrounding finish. Dabs moistened cloth to and presses heated blade against dents and scratches to draw indentations to surface. May chisel out defective sections and replace them with patch matching color and grain.


Should I be a Finish Patcher?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Finish Cleaner, Finish Repairer, Finish Repair Worker, Finish Specialist, Patch Man, Piano-And-Organ Refinisher See More

    How to become a Finish Patcher

    Most Finish Patchers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9aaaaa&chl=no+college+%28100%25%29|||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,100,100
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