Touch Up Cabinet Finishes
Touch-up of damaged wood surfaces
It is important to us that you remain delighted with your cabinetry. As careful as you may be, damage to a cabinet could eventually occur. A scratch or nick could become a permanent distraction in your cherished kitchen or bath. A simple touch-up procedure can often make these blemishes virtually disappear.
For your convenience, we provided (with orders of 10+ cabinets or a sink base) a touch-up kit designed for your specific cabinet color and style. Touch-up kits can also be purchased through a KraftMaid retailer or on our online store.
Note: Substantial repairs should only be attempted by professional refinishers.
To extend the life of your KraftMaid Cabinetry, please download the Full Care and Cleaning Guide.
Care & Cleaning Guides
We now have two versions of our Care and Cleaning Guide. Which one you need depends on when you received your cabinets.
Our Most Recent Guide
If you received your cabinets AFTER March 1, 2014,
please use this guide.
Our Previous Guide
If you received your cabinets PRIOR to March 1, 2014,
please use this guide.
- Buff the damaged area, as well as the surrounding area, with the provided Scotch-Brite pad to achieve a blend of surface sheen. Example: Scotch-Brite the entire vertical member. (Be sure to practice first in an inconspicuous area.)
- Shake the touch-up pen vigorously.
- Depress the pen's felt tip on a piece of cardboard or scrap wood until the tip becomes saturated.
- Apply the touch-up liquid with light, even strokes, using your fingertip to blend.
- Allow to dry 1-2 minutes; if desired, spray with Clear Coat (available from your local KraftMaid retailer), or any commercially available clear polyurethane spray. We recommend a semi-gloss (35-40 sheen).
- Evaluate the damaged area-is it repairable? How much touch-up will be required? Is professional help required? Proceed only if confident of skill level.
- Apply the fill with an even back-and-forth motion to completely fill in the damaged area. (Hint: For easier application, you may soften the fill stick by carefully heating the end over a small flame.)
- Gently remove excess fill with a straightedge and dry cloth.
- Apply grain marks if necessary with the touch-up pen.
- If desired, spray with Clear Coat or clear, semi-gloss (35-40 sheen) polyurethane to seal.
- Apply touch-up in gentle, even strokes, not allowing the fluid to accumulate in any single area.
- If required, apply a grain pattern with a thin permanent marker to match the rest of the area.
- If desired, spray with Clear Coat or semi-gloss (35-40 sheen) polyurethane; allow to dry.