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.