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We purchased a resale home and the cabinets are beautiful but they have many dents and scratches. I don't want to paint over, but want to repair them. What do I use to bring them back to life that is easy to do? Thank you
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A good sanding and refinish will go a long way. This might work: https://www.familyhandyman.com/kitchen/diy-kitchen-cabinets/how-to-refinish-kitchen-cabinets/view-all/
There are sticks, like a crayon, to match your color, that you can use to fill in the dents and scratches. After that you can resurface with a couple coats of varathane or varnish. Be sure to clean the cabinets well and use a deglosser before re-varnishing. I like the Diamond finish Varathane as you clan put on at least two coats in one day if the drying conditions are good.
Most hardware stores have "crayons" that can be used to fill in scratches. Usually they come in a kit of several colors so that you can match the color exactly. If the dents are small you might be able to use the "crayons" on them too. I'd clean the entire cabinet first then when you're done add a coat or two of polycryilic to seal them. Wishing you the best.
For surface scratches use Minwax Stain Markers. For deep scratches use Minwax Blend Fil Pencils. For deeper scratches and gouges use Minwax Wood Putty. Come in all stain colors. Worn spots you can try Minwax Gel Stain (Polyshades).
Try Howard's Restore-A-Finish