How to repair scratched wooden surfaces

What you will need:

  • Repair wax stick (Lightest wood tone)
  • Artist’s paint (Darkest tone of the grain)
  • Paintbrush
  • Vacuum cleaner (fine nozzle attachment)
  • Mineral turpentine
  • Wood wax (In corresponding colour tone)
  • Scraper
  • Lighter
  • Sealing varnish
  • Soft cloth


  1. Clear out the damaged area with a scraper or using the fine nozzle on a vacuum cleaner.
  2. After clearing out the area clean thoroughly with mineral turpentine.
  3. Melt wax with a lighter (flame).
  4. Apply melted wax to the damaged area using a scraper.
  5. Polish area once wax is dry.
  6. If required, trace grain with artist’s paint.
  7. Dip paintbrush into paint and wipe until bristles are nearly dry.
  8. Paint and trace grain until a uniform grain is formed.
  9. Once dry apply a diluted sealing varnish using a fine paintbrush.

Expert Tip:

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.

See all of our DIY Projects

See all of our How To's

Terms and conditions:

DIY Depot is committed to carrying a wide range of building supplies, DIY products and much more! We pride ourself in providing the very best DIY advice and service. However, some of our member stores may not always stock an entire product range advertised on our DIY projects. But do not fret! If your nearest DIY Depot runs low on stock or if you cannot find something we will gladly assist! Feel free to contact us on our customer care line and we will do our best to source the product you need. You can contact our customer care page here or call us on our customer care line 0860 DIY DEPOT.