How do I get the sanding scratches out of acacia wood countertops?

by Brenda

We have acacia wood countertops and I did a dumb thing I stained them and left the stain on them without wiping it off and so I had to sand off all the stain I left on them. I then restained them with three coats of hardwax oil and I can see a ton of tiny wispy scratches almost all over the counter! I am not sure how to get rid of the scratches...Can anyone help me??

  6 answers
  • Sharon Sharon on Nov 12, 2019

    If the scratches are not the wood itself crazing from deterioration, you would need to sand it down using sandpapers starting with a lower grit (80 - 380) to a higher grit (600-1500) to get it smooth.

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Nov 12, 2019

    Take a good photo to the paint dept. of your home improvement store and ask their sales pros for advice. They have products/methods you may not have thought of.

  • William William on Nov 13, 2019

    You should have sanded with progressively coarse to fine sandpaper. I usually start with 80 grit, 100 grit, 150 grit, 220 grit, then use a maroon (purple) sanding pad. At this point what you can try in a small area first is use a purple sanding pad going with the grain. Wipe off the the sanding dust and use a damp cloth over the area to mimic a finish coat and see if the scratches are gone. If they are then proceed to sand the whole countertop. Then put down a coat of the hardwax oil.

    • Brenda Brenda on Nov 13, 2019

      Thanks very much William however I think it is too late for that as I have already put three coats of hardwax oil on it! I did not realize that I had to even sand it as it came from the manufacturer already pre oiled with hardwax oil. I was trying to get a certain color so I mixed the hardwax oil with minwax oil to achieve the color I wanted. When it was done the first time around I realized I totally did the staining wrong so I actually sanded it all off and that is when I got all the scratches....really upset about it but was not sure if I could fix it. Do you know if I put a clear coat of oil on it will it remove any of the scratches??

  • William William on Nov 13, 2019

    I doubt a clear coat of oil would fix it. You can try in a small area. If the scratches are very fine they may get filled in.

  • Brenda Brenda on Nov 13, 2019

    That is what I was afraid of! thanks for your help William!

  • Jodie Jodie on Oct 03, 2020

    OK so I'm new here too, Ivw just bought a second hand TV unit but has some scratches my plan was sand it all, then vanish it with new paint and wax it after. Please advise what to do as I don't want to ruin it thank you