Deep scratches on wood furniture are unsightly and detract from the item’s overall beauty. While “quick fix” scratch remedies, such as coloured markers, are available, they are seldom effective on deep scratches. A method of patching must be used to remove the appearance of a deep scratch on wood surfaces. Wax filler sticks can be effective. Once a scratch is filled in with wax filler, it also might be necessary to stain the area so that it blends with the rest of the wood.
I recently tried to repair a deep scratch on my headboard. Before working on it, I looked at a wide range of wall headboards, but I decided to try to fix mine first. Daily routines can scratch, gouge and otherwise damage your wood furniture. The ugly gashes and glaring discolouration are hard to ignore. Fixing deep scratches or gouges can take a few hours, but it’s worth the effort when the furniture becomes beautiful again.
First, wipe the surface clean using a soft cloth. Remove all dust and debris. Clean the furniture. Use a washcloth and a mild soap or a wood cleaner to wipe it down. Use a soft-bristled brush and wood cleaner to clean out crevices. Gouges can become discoloured with dirt and sometimes will not come clean, so don’t worry if the colour is slightly off.
Fill in the scratch using a wax filler stick. Run the stick firmly along the scratch until it is filled with wax. Wipe away any excess wax and allow the area to dry. Use a putty knife to apply filler or putty. Apply enough so that it slightly overflows the gouge and you can sand down the excess later.
Buff the area with soft cloth. Examine the scratch. If more cover is needed, apply a small amount of wood stain following the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow the stain to dry before handling the furniture. Allow the filler or putty to dry completely. Most types take a few hours to dry.
Sand down the putty or filler. Use a coarse grade of paper to sand along the grain of the furniture until the filler or putty lies even with the rest of the furniture. Use a very fine-grained sandpaper near the end to avoid ruining the furniture.
Use a clean, damp washcloth to wipe away the dust from sanding. Check that the surface is completely clean and smooth.
Match the colour of the repair to that of the rest of the furniture. Apply a wood stain to gain the appropriate colour. Use a sealant as well if the wood stain does not have one. Apply the sealant after the stain is dry. Work in a well-ventilated area when you use stain or sealant.
Tip: Wax filler sticks are available in various colours. Choose a stick that best matches the finish of your wood