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I have attached a couple pics from my bathroom cabinet. I've recently moved into the house and the cabinet top has nicks and scratches on it. I would like to repair and restain. Some of the scratches are below the surface when scratched with a fingernail.

I'd like advice on the process of repairing and restaining. The entire cabinet is the same stain color but I only need to restain the pictured area. Should I be worried that the stain wouldn't match? I have already taken a drawer to the paint store to have the stain coor matched. I haven't done much wood staining like this so any help would be appreciated.
 

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I don't have any experience with products like restore a finish but I think it would be worth a try. Just buying a stain to apply over what you have isn't apt to work. Stain should be applied to bare/raw wood and then 2-3 coats of varnish/poly applied over it.
 

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Great idea. Is a product like this permanent or does it eventually wear off? Does HD typically have stain color charts on their shelves to match colors?



It’s Howard Restor-a-Finish.

It’s not permanent. It makes the wood a bit shiny.

There are pamphlets on the store shelf with the color names and pictures. You can also go directly to their website to check out the colors.

https://www.howardproducts.com/product/restor-a-finish/

The instructions say to maintain afterwards with their Feed N Wax.
 
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