Asked on Mar 24, 2015

How do I make scratches in a mahogany secretary chest less noticeable?

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I purchased a mahogany secretary chest with some scratches and is in need of a good cleaning and polishing. How do I make the scratches less noticeable without destroying the finish? I have searched for this piece for a couple of years and I just love it but this will be my first restoration project. Thanks for any advice you might offer.
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  • Lagree Wyndham Lagree Wyndham on Mar 24, 2015
    Depending on how big scratches are a little shoe polish can disquise them. Use a mild soap to clean chest first I use Murphy's oil soap. If finish is in good shape use some bees wax to polish it up. Also Murphy's makes a refinisher, that can be used on peices that need minor restoration, it kinda wakes up the old finish and gives it new life.

  • Grannykrk Grannykrk on Mar 24, 2015
    Old English polish in the dark color works really well. Clean first.

  • Cynthia Cynthia on Mar 24, 2015
    Liquid Gold polish works well. Old Master's Scratch Pens are great and come in many differenct colors. Good Luck!

  • Lee Cunningham Green Lee Cunningham Green on Mar 24, 2015
    I have to absolutely go by the old English recommendation, I have used it on Oak, Cherry and Mahogony, it really does completely hide scratches even ones that seem quite bad. Clean first and then use the old English, and you don't need alot a little goes a long way. It also acts as a great cleaner and polisher for older furniture.

  • Irish53 Irish53 on Mar 25, 2015
    Old English makes two different shades of scratch cover. For dark and light wood. Only need to use little and polish it in. Been using it for years.

  • Cheryl Norman Cheryl Norman on Mar 25, 2015
    all of the above, however I like to wipe on a thin coat of mahogany stain. Dries fast and is more permanent.

  • Robyn Mills Robyn Mills on Mar 25, 2015
    Has anyone tried the new product Scratch Aide by the makes of Amish Wood Milk. It says it pulses the stain from the wood an pd blends perfectly .... Wish I could buy just the scratch solution, but they, of course, bundle it with extra free stuff with separate shipping charge...argggh!

  • Wanda.ll Wanda.ll on Mar 25, 2015
    You can get this fixed very easy go to this website check this product out. It is called Restore. It comes in all furniture colors. Use it on everything wood and does a terrific job. http://www.happyhandyman.com/product-p/454906.htm

  • Nancy Wagers Nancy Wagers on Mar 25, 2015
    I use Liquid Gold. You can find it at Walmart.

  • Linda Linda on Mar 25, 2015
    Depending on the damage, try good old fashioned mayonnaise...Rub it in, then wipe away residue with a clean soft micro-fiber style cloth. Let dry at least 24 hours before any hand-body contact. We've used it on the church pews, leather top tables for water-ring marks, and more. Good luck.