Asked on Aug 11, 2015

Nicks in rustoleum cabinet transformations finish

Denise L
by Denise L
I used the rustoleum cabinet transformation kit in the dark chocolate color on my builder grade oak cabinets. I love the way it made them look but before I could get the knobs on, I see there are scratches and nicks from finger nails in the finish. Does anyone have a way to touch up these spots that works ?? Thanks! Denise
  7 answers
  • on Aug 11, 2015
    You can try reaching out to Rustoleum. They may have a quick fix. You can find their customer support info here:
  • Terry Terry on Aug 12, 2015
    It is paint. It will scratch and dent. I have heard putting on the glaze helps stop this. This is why I won't paint cabinets again. I did once and it was a mess especially the ones over the stove.
  • Jonnie Hammon Jonnie Hammon on Aug 12, 2015
    Have you thought about a clear coat to harden the surface, as it is the kitchen I would go with a marine coating to help with water, and it's affects.
  • Ksm9542 Ksm9542 on Aug 12, 2015
    As a 'quick' fix, I was told to use a magic marker in a color close to your cabinets, you can go over the 'scratch' then wipe off with a paper towel. This will 'hide' the scratch for the moment
  • Denise L Denise L on Aug 12, 2015
    i did use the glaze and the finish top coat that is a sealer. the problem seems to be in trying to get the touch up to stick because of the top coat..... will check with rustoleum also
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    • Melissa Wommack Melissa Wommack on May 24, 2017

      Denise, were you successful with the home depot paint route? I'm hoping to do the same thing, but I have a larger area that needs repair so I'm wondering how yours turned out!

  • Rose Rose on Aug 12, 2015
    Lightly sand the area with 0000 steel wool. Then reapply the bond coat with a small artist paint brush following the instructions in your kit for dry times. When completely dry, carefully apply the top coat. I repaired mine this with good results. Good luck!
  • Thrifty Artsy Girl Thrifty Artsy Girl on Aug 12, 2015
    I just did a Hometalk post on this and a blog post: I would recommend after you fix the scratches to put two coats of the supplied clear coat on so it will be extra strong!