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How to Remove Scratches From a Wood Veneer Surface

Updated February 21, 2017

The slender thickness of wood veneer results in scratches that penetrate the surface, leaving furniture pieces looking old and dilapidated. Removing scratches within wood veneer involves using steel wool to plane down the area, then filling the blemish with a wood filler to disguise the remaining indentation. Fix wood veneer scratches before dirt becomes embedded within the mark.

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  1. Spray a dust-catching spray onto a clean cloth. Wipe the cloth over the wood veneer surface, removing dust from the scratched area.

  2. Pour 1 tsp of lemon oil onto the scratch. Place a 0000 grit steel wool pad at the edge of the scratch. Using light pressure, slide the steel wool pad down the scratch, working with the grain of the wood, not against it.

  3. Move the pad in one direction only instead of back and forth. Inspect the scratch with each passing, removing as much of the blemish as possible without leaving a noticeable dip in the wood surface.

  4. Fill in the remaining scratch with a matching crayon or wood filler pen. Fill the scratch so it becomes flush with the surface. Allow the filler to harden overnight.

  5. Spray the wood veneer with a furniture polish the next day. Wipe the surface clean with a soft cloth.

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Things You'll Need

  • Clean cloths
  • Dust-catching spray
  • Lemon oil
  • 0000 grit steel wool
  • Crayon or wood filler pen
  • Furniture polish

About the Author

Constance Barker

Constance Barker, located in the hills of southern Ohio, is the owner and writer of several financial, credit report and travel websites. She started writing in 1999 for private clients and began creating website content in 2004. She gained expertise in home improvement after she and her husband built their home themselves.

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