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How To Cover-Up A Deep Scratch In A Wood Table Top

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A deep scratch on a nice wood table top can scar the finish. Here is how you can cover-up a scratch that has dug down deep into the top of your wood table without refinishing the entire surface of the table.

You Will Need:

  • Small Tip Paint Brush
  • Wood Stain
  • Polyurethane Finish
  • Long, Thin Stick
  • Sanding Block
  • Ultra Fine Sand Paper
  • Rag

Stain the Scratches

You should apply a layer of stain that matches the color of your table surface into the scratch. Avoid getting stain on other areas of the table that is protected by a polyurethane coating. The polyurethane would prevent the stain from drying completely, and the stain would remain tacky for a long time.

Gently dip the paint brush into the can so you only get stain on the very tip of the brush. Apply the stain into the scratch using a light, feathery motion. Start at one edge of the scratch and work your way towards the other edge until the scratch is completely covered.

Wipe the table with a rag to remove any excess stain from the scratch and the table top. Remember to make sure you get all the stain off of the non-scratched part of the table surface. If you accidentally wipe too much stain from the scratch, simply apply more stain and wipe it off again until the scratch is completely covered.

Apply Finish

The stain will look duller than the rest of the table top that is protected by a polyurethane finish once it dries. So you need to apply a polyurethane finish to give the stain a shiny appearance that matches the rest of the table surface.

Take a long, thin stick and put it into the container of the finish. The finish will run down the stick in a thin line. Remove the stick and place it over the scratch (you should put a rag under the stick to prevent the finish from getting on the non-scratched surface of the table as you move it over to the scratch mark).

Let the finish slowly drip off the stick until you get a fine layer covering the top of the scratch. Make sure the finish fills the groove in the scratch so the table top has a nice even surface without any grooves in it.

Allow the polyurethane to dry.

You will need to sand down the excess polyurethane to make sure the table surface is level. Put some ultra fine sanding paper on a small sanding block and gently sand the polyurethane down to finish the job.

If you have a table that is too scratched to repair, you can always start shopping for new wood furniture from stores like Oak Unlimited Furniture (1995) Inc.