Asked on Mar 25, 2017

How can I get scratches out of my dining room table?

Tammy Blake
by Tammy Blake
I have a black dining room table.that i bought used the table is really a nice quality wood table (Black) but it's all scratched up..How can I get the scratches out without having 2 strip it? Is there some kind of black was I can use?

  20 answers
  • Sylvia Candler Sylvia Candler on Mar 25, 2017

    Try Old English scratch remover furniture polish first. It may work for you. Word of caution, wear gloves unless you enjoy having stained hands!

  • Leanne Field Leanne Field on Mar 25, 2017

    as the lady before said - try dark wood scratch cover dye to make the scratches darker -then maybe buy a block of neat black candle wax dye that is used for making candles . you can keep it with your cleaning supplies and refresh it now and again.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 25, 2017

    As suggested before the scratch cover does not work. Been there done that,You can try the wood crayons to fill in or a wood epoxy filler.Then follow up with a good wood polish.

  • Johnchip Johnchip on Mar 25, 2017

    You can try shoe polish.

  • Cammie Cammie on Mar 26, 2017

    Buy black acrylic tube artist Paint...Look carefully at the black color of your table, as you may have to buy burnt sienna or deep red also and blend them w the black to get correct color. The acrylic dries flat. Then touch up over w a little clear semigloss or try a dark furniture polish w wax it. I had a similar table problem...Not perfect , looks good. Good luck.

  • Nancy Scofield Nancy Scofield on Mar 27, 2017

    use your crayon as the other people have suggested,and then put mayonnaise on the damaged places. Leave for about an hour and then polish the whole thing using the mayonnaise that is there. That has repaired many a table for me. Just did one yesterday.

  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Mar 27, 2017

    I would try a little olive oil and soft cloth. Old English Oil in the black color will also work well. If the scratches are deep, a light sanding with maybe a 600 grit paper before oiling will work. Best of luck.

  • Tcooper9 Tcooper9 on Mar 27, 2017

    Black permanent marker is always a quick fix...

  • I also use black marker sometimes if the scratch cover doesn't cut it. Generously apply marker to the exposed wood, then immediately wipe with a paper towel while still wet-this removes the marker from the finish so it's less noticeable. Always test in an inconspicuous place first to see how you like the result. It won't be a perfect match, but it will look better than the raw wood.

    Good luck!

  • Deb Yagley Boardman Deb Yagley Boardman on Mar 28, 2017

    Go to Home Depot/Lowes and get a marker for scratches. ( it's in the paint department)

  • Marilee H Marilee H on Mar 29, 2017

    try using a wet cloth, wet the scratch and use a soldering iron on the spot for a few seconds, don't burn the wood, you want to make it swell. Do this until you've raised the wood. Then try some stain or Old English Oil to darken your scratch.

    • Lori Lori on Apr 03, 2017

      You can also use a wet cloth and a hot iron to swell the wood. Place the wet cloth in the scratch put hot iron on top.

  • Elaine Ward Elaine Ward on Mar 29, 2017

    Use mayonnaise.it works awesome. Spread it on table,rub it in,wait a min. Then just wipe off. You will be in shock how this works. I use this on all my wood stuff. Starches on wooden floors, try it. You will be in shock.


  • Allen Hamilton Allen Hamilton on Mar 31, 2017

    Black walnut husk make sure is really ripe

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    • Pat22286995 Pat22286995 on Mar 31, 2017

      The easiest way I've learned about furniture Scratches. "ALWAYS",works for me! Go to any store buy a bag of Walnuts in food isle. Whole or pieces,Use a handful and hand rub over the scratches. Should pickup the color as well as no scratches in sight! I'm Pat

  • Allen Hamilton Allen Hamilton on Mar 31, 2017

    Prob have to wait til begin a fall unless you can still find one under the walnut tree

  • Doris Jean Miller Doris Jean Miller on Apr 01, 2017

    Use the Victorian House Finish Rejuvenator. It doesnt hide scratches it makes the dissappear forever. Its not a cover up its a repair. It was invented for antiques but it works for all the wood in your home. Its made in Oklahoma and i have used it for over 20 years in my shop and home both. Heres the address. www.thevictorianhouseproducts.com

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    • Bbunny42 Bbunny42 on Apr 02, 2017

      I am preparing to sell my round oak dining table and discovered some white blobs on it. Went to Pinterest and read several solutions, but before I dragged out the steam iron and tea towel (this seemed to work for a lot of people), I tried rubbing in plain olive oil on the blobs. then put a light coat of oil over the rest of the table. I let this set for about 3 hours, then wiped off and buffed. All of the blobs totally disappeared except for the largest and unless you know it's there, you won't notice it. Just did this yesterday, so don't know if they will reappear; I hope not! I don't know if this would work for scratches.

  • Robin Robin on Apr 01, 2017

    Coconut oil worked well for me.

  • Barbara Valenti Barbara Valenti on Apr 02, 2017

    I have always used shoe polish. My in laws where antique dealers. Real antique s need loving care. Use the wax kind in the round can! Good Luck...

  • Lisette Breton Lisette Breton on Apr 02, 2017

    Hi! Just wanted to let you know that the best thing I found to repair cabinet woodwork anything that are stain is to get the stain that match the wood that you want to repair and wipe it with a rag dip in the stain and go all over the piece let it dry completely and if its not the same color go over just the spot a few time and dont forget that if they don't have the right color in stain you can mix a couple of color together or even if it is black you can add a bit of black paint to make it darker and finish it with a clear varnish or polyurethane Stain is not water so if you have to add paint you need Oil base just buy the smaller size of everything you do not need much Lisette

  • Jackie Wood Jackie Wood on Apr 03, 2017

    Minwax...gone, gone, gone!

    • Tammy Blake Tammy Blake on Apr 03, 2017

      I just didn't have the time to sand it and all so I'm letting someone else handle it..

  • Tammy Blake Tammy Blake on Apr 03, 2017

    I just decided 2 pay someone 2 t@ke care of the problem I will post pics when i get the table back