How to repair a scratch on a veneer top

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Veneer is common on many different types of furniture and cabinets in many households. Over time, it can become scratched or damaged. With the proper tools, you can get it looking brand new in next to no time.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Furniture cleaner
  • Rags
  • Restor-a-Finish
  • Antiquax Fine Furniture Polish
  • Soft buffing cloth
  • Credit card
  • Putty knife

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  1. 1

    Clean the veneer with furniture cleaner. Spray it over the veneer, concentrating on the scratched area. Rub it in with a rag and dry it thoroughly. This removes any residue, grease and gunk from the scratch to allow it to be fixed properly.

  2. 2

    Pour Restor-a-Finish on a rag and carefully run it over the scratched areas. This helps with minor scratches and blemishes. Pour as much on as possible, and scrub gently so as to not damage the veneer.

  3. 3

    Apply a coat of Antiquax to the scratched surface. Spread out a very thin coat with a putty knife. Scrape off the excess with a credit card to smooth everything, ensuring that it sets properly and gives excellent protection to the finish.

  4. 4

    Buff the area with a soft cloth to restore and keep the finish on the veneer.

Tips and warnings

  • Repeat this process every six months to ensure all little scratches are repaired before they become larger.

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