Damaged wooden surfaces, such as those with scrapes and scratches, leave your furniture and other wood items looking old and unsightly. But the damage doesn’t need to be permanent. You can make your damaged wood surfaces as good as new.
Use these amazing hacks to fix damaged wood surfaces in your home.
Apply Coconut Oil to Make Your Wood Look Like New
Coconut oil can restore faded wood to its natural color. Apply the oil, and let sit for five minutes before buffing the coconut oil into the wood surface.
Fill Small Holes Using MH Ready Patch
For a fast-drying filler for smaller holes and scratches, try using an oil-based product, such as MH Ready Patch. Not only does the product dry in 30 to 35 minutes, it cleans up easily with soap and water.
Repair Small Holes Using Toothpicks
If you have small holes in your wood surface, such as from nails, stick toothpicks in the holes. Make sure to cut the toothpick to the correct size to fill the hole, and then sand it smooth.
Use an Epoxy to Fill Larger Holes
For larger holes, use an epoxy to provide a stable product that you can sand, drill, and even plane if needed. Considered by many as one of the strongest fixes for damaged wood, epoxy is waterproof, making it a great choice for outdoor repair projects.
Use Vinegar and Canola Oil to Remove Scratches
Mix 3/4 cups of canola oil with 1/4 cup of vinegar to make a great scratch remover for your wood surfaces. Rub the mixture into the wood, and allow it to dry.
Fix a Variety of Rough Wooden Surfaces Using Putty
Putty is a versatile substance that is easy to mix, requiring you to add water to get the consistency you desire. You can even use it for outdoor wood projects, though the weather can affect drying time.
Apply Nail Polish to Remove Small Scratches
If you have small nicks and dings in your wood surface, simply apply a coat of clear nail polish. Allow the nail polish to dry, and then use sandpaper to even the surface out.
Use a Two-Part Epoxy for a Fast Repair
For an extremely fast-drying substance, use a two-part epoxy, such as KwikWood. Not only is it easy to use, it is usually ready for further sanding and staining within 20 to 30 minutes.
Hide Scratches in Wood Using Iodine
Iodine is a great product to hide and blend scratches in your wood surfaces. Simply rub the iodine into the scratch and let it dry. Keep applying coats until it matches the color of the surrounding wood.
Rub Walnut or Brazil Nut Meat on a Scratch to Make it Go Away
Rubbing walnuts or Brazil nut meat onto a scratched surface is an easy and environmentally friendly way to hide scratches in a wooden surface. Just remove the nut meat from the shell and rub it onto the damaged wood.
Use Vegetable or Tung Oil to Quickly Darken Wood Surfaces
To match new wood to the darkness of the surrounding wood, use a vegetable or tung oil. Rub the oil into the surface of the lighter area using a lint-free cloth. Allow the oil to soak into the wood’s surface, reapplying as necessary. To avoid over-darkening, apply no more than three coats before allowing to sit overnight.
Conceal Scratches in Wood Surfaces Using a Crayon
You can also use crayons as a fast way to conceal scratches in wood. When choosing a crayon to use, look for one in a color that closely matches that of the wood’s surface.
Use This Homemade Recipe When Polishing Wood
Once your wood is repaired, sanded, and painted or stained, it is time to polish it. To make a great homemade wood polish, mix a solution of equal parts olive oil, denatured alcohol, turpentine, and strained lemon juice. Mix well and apply with a lint-free cloth, buffing to a shine.
Remove Water Marks Using a Hair Dryer
Using a hairdryer is another great way to remove water marks. Simply apply heat to the water-marked surface and follow up by wiping the area with a rag dampened with denatured alcohol. Make sure the surface does not get too hot to avoid damaging the wood.
Use a Painter’s Putty to Easily Fill in Small Holes
Another great product for filling small holes is painter’s putty, such as DAP Painter’s Putty. Keep in mind, painter’s putty is very slow drying, though this allows you to manipulate it longer when making a repair.
Use Mayonnaise to Remove Water Marks
If you have water marks in your wood’s surface, lightly coat the area with some mayonnaise. Allow the mayonnaise to soak into the wood for about an hour before wiping away with a dry rag.
Use Sawdust and Superglue for Filling Smaller Holes
One great hack for wood repair is to use Super Glue mixed with sawdust. The goal is to create a thick paste and then to place it in nail holes and other small imperfections using a putty knife. Once dry, sand it down to the surface of the surrounding wood.
Repair Veneer Using an Iron
To repair damaged veneer on the edges of your wood furniture, use an iron, tin foil, and veneer banding. Cut the veneer banding to the appropriate size, and apply a hot iron with its surface wrapped in tin foil.
Use a Wood Filler for Easier Color Matching
Used by handymen everywhere, wood filler is the standard when it comes to wood repair. The high number of options you have when purchasing a wood filler for your repair project make it a great choice. Wood fillers come in a variety of consistencies and colors, allowing you to tailor it to your wood.
Use Petroleum Jelly to Remove Water Stains
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Petroleum jelly works great at removing water stains on wood. Simply apply a coat of petroleum jelly to the stained area and allow it to sit overnight. Then, just wipe the petroleum jelly up the next day.