Cat scratches on varnished wooden door: tried rubbing walnuts, only hides the smallest scratches not the big ones.

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Is there any paint or varnish I could use in an attempt to cover this mess?

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    You sure they are from a cat? The best way is to sand the door down and refinish. The other way if you wanted paint is to fill them in with filler then paint, but the door looks too nice to use paint on it.
    – crip659
    Nov 20, 2021 at 13:11
  • If they are surface scratches, you will be amazed at what rubbing them with a walnut or almond nut will do.
    – Evil Elf
    Nov 20, 2021 at 13:35

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There are a few options available to you. You can try a walnut putty stick from your home store to fill i the larger cracks. For plain surface scratches, there are walnut stains that you can blend in. You can then dab on some varnish to finish it off. It will take a little experimenting to get it just right.

  • Thanks! I don't understand your sentence "there are walnut stains that you can blend in" though, could you elaborate please? Do you think amazon.co.uk/… would work?
    – drake035
    Nov 20, 2021 at 18:09
  • @drake035 If just the finish has been scratched off, then you could get a can of walnut liquid stain and brush it in with a small brush or toothpick. Yes, those petty sticks will work... I've got three cats
    – JACK
    Nov 20, 2021 at 18:20
  • You mean like this amazon.co.uk/Furniture-Clinic-Stain-250ml-Walnut/dp/B08CXDRVFQ/…? I can't decide between buying this or the markers, which one would you try first?
    – drake035
    Nov 21, 2021 at 13:37
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    The markers are better for deeper scratches. I'd start out with the stain.
    – JACK
    Nov 21, 2021 at 14:20
  • Thanks! Will try that first then.
    – drake035
    Nov 22, 2021 at 10:52


If you are referring to that wavy, vaguely sinusoidal horizontal line that is not cat. That is kid, and it looks like pencil to me. Try a pencil eraser.

And even better than you trying a pencil eraser, ask kid about the line and then ask kid to erase it. Grampa used to say "him what messes up cleans up".

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