Touch Up Cabinet Finishes

Touch up kithcen cabinets with KraftMaid pens.

How to Touch Up and Repair Damaged Wood Kitchen Cabinets

It is important to us that you remain delighted with your cabinets. As careful as you may be, damage to a kitchen 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. Here’s how to easily repair scratches, scrapes, gouges and nicks with KraftMaid paint kits, touch-up pens and soft fill sticks:


  • 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 on the scratched kitchen cabinet with light, even strokes, using your fingertip to blend.
  • Allow to dry 1-2 minutes; if desired, spray with clear coat paint (available from your local KraftMaid retailer), or any commercially available clear polyurethane spray. We recommend a semi-gloss option (35-40 sheen).
  • Evaluate the damaged area – is it repairable? How much touch-up will be required to fix the cabinet finish? Is professional help required? Proceed only if confident of your skill level.
  • Apply the fill with an even back-and-forth motion to completely cover 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 paint or clear, semi-gloss (35-40 sheen) polyurethane to seal.
  • Apply touch-up paint 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 paint or semi-gloss (35-40 sheen) polyurethane; allow to dry.


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 in case you need to restore your wood cabinets at any point in time. Kitchen cabinet touch-up kits can also be purchased through a KraftMaid retailer or on our online store.

Note: Substantial cabinet repairs should only be attempted by professional refinishers.

To extend the life of your KraftMaid cabinetry, please download the Full Care and Cleaning Guide.