Solving Scratches

posted 11/10/2015 in Kreg Tool Tips: Finishing by Kreg Tool Company

If you’ve built a table or long shelf with your Kreg Jig®, chances are good that eventually it will end up with a large scratch or two that expose the bare wood beneath the finish. 

Scratch repair involves two steps: matching the color and then repairing the finish. For color matching, stain markers have a fine tip that’s perfect for filling in scratches. You may need to experiment by combining the stain from two or more markers before you find the right color match.

Solving Scratches

Just like with regular stain, you'll want to "over apply" to stain from the marker. Then let it soak in for five to ten minutes and dab off the excess with a clean cloth.

Solving Scratches

When the stain dries, fill in the missing finish with a fine-tipped artist’s brush. Choose a sheen that’s consistent with the existing finish.

Solving Scratches

To prevent the new "line" of finish from standing out, blend it with the surrounding finish after it dries. To do this, use water and 600-grit "wet and dry" sandpaper to lightly wet-sand the finish.

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