How to repair scratched wooden surfaces
What you will need:
- Repair wax stick (Lightest wood tone)
- Artist’s paint (Darkest tone of the grain)
- Vacuum cleaner (fine nozzle attachment)
- Mineral turpentine
- Wood wax (In corresponding colour tone)
- Sealing varnish
- Soft cloth
- Clear out the damaged area with a scraper or using the fine nozzle on a vacuum cleaner.
- After clearing out the area clean thoroughly with mineral turpentine.
- Melt wax with a lighter (flame).
- Apply melted wax to the damaged area using a scraper.
- Polish area once wax is dry.
- If required, trace grain with artist’s paint.
- Dip paintbrush into paint and wipe until bristles are nearly dry.
- Paint and trace grain until a uniform grain is formed.
- Once dry apply a diluted sealing varnish using a fine paintbrush.
If dealing with a dull surface or small scratches over a large area, it is advisable to first try a gentler repair method. Apply a wax polish, turpentine oil or varnish and polish until surface shines. Other recommended methods are touch-up pens, available in all conventional wood colours at DIY stores.
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