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Repairing wood damage boxes before applying a clear semi gloss lacquer...

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Morning, looking for suggestions/advice on how to repair these damaged areas on the boxes to kitchen cabinets.

The boxes and cabinets, which I believe are Pine or Maple, in their original form were stained brown. However, when sanding the stain down there are areas where the wood was or had been damaged as you can see in the photos.

I'm trying to get the damaged areas to resemble the sanded down color of the wood or get as close as possible before I apply a clear semi gloss lacquer.

I tried Plastic Wood and Wood Putty which was a big fail. My gut was telling me don't do it!!! I'm going to give Timbermate Wood Filler a go next. I also tried finding a matching stain but the bare wood was just soaking it up.

Am I going about this the wrong way...should I be looking at other alternatives? Any suggestions/advice are appreciated.


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You might consider re-veneering with 3M PSA backed veneer which is easy-peasy to install. You’d however need to sand, wipe with DNA, and prime first with a clear poly-acrylic type urethane and use an appropriate veneer scraper to ensure proper long term adhesion.
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