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Old 11-22-2009, 06:51 PM   #1
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We're getting re-appraised in a few weeks (thumbs crossed). And I am taking care of a few cosmetic things around the house.

My Dad pulled the carpet runner off the hardwood stairs when I moved in because it was irrevocably soiled by the previous owners dogs. There are a few noticeable gouges in the treads that are a lighter color than the rest of the stair.

Short of replacing the stair, What can I do to minimize them or camouflage them?

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I'm sure the gouge bothers you, but I would be surprised if the appraised value will be diminished because of a gouge in the floor.

Just so you don't fret about this...

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I agree with roxksear it will not effect the appraisal. However you can make it look much better if you rub in a little Old English http://www.oldenglishpolish.com/sf2_scratch.shtml or a similar product. It's quick, easy, cheap and available in most hardware stores and many discount departments stores

If you decide to fill the gouge with wood filler use something slightly darker not matching or lighter.

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I'm not going to fill them, some of them are too wide to look like anything other than filled gouges. I will try the Old English, it sounds like what I want to try. Just to make the gouges the same color as the surrounding wood will go a long way to camouflaging them.

I know this is a MINOR issue, but it's the same appraiser we have used before, and she has a very detail oriented eye. I don't think it 'adds' to the value of the home, but I think fixing things like this help overall.
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Furniture repair and restoration professionals can mend compression dents by raising them with moisture or steam. Fractures—gouges, gashes, burns and similar deep wounds—are repaired by filling them with hard waxes, epoxy fillers or wood inlays.

Read more: http://home-interiors.suite101.com/a...#ixzz0XiHUqEaS

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