Easy Fix for Scratched Teak

Oh, it hurts. But it happens.

I was putting a piece of stainless tubing below and turned to say something to Dave. In that second, the end of the tube gouged a scratch in the teak behind the settee.

It’s happened before, generally moving something through a doorway. And Barefoot Gal has a long teak counter in her port hull — right opposite all our tool storage. Yes, it’s gotten scratched more than once. (We’ll leave aside the question of why any boat manufacturer would have a wood countertop in a high use area for now . . .)

Rather than sanding and totally refinishing the area, I’ve learned that Old English Scratch Cover furniture polish does an amazing job of “fixing” the scratches. For teak, the “dark wood” formula works best. It’s also good for walnut, mahogany and cherry; for woods such as oak, maple and birch, use the “light wood” formula.

Shake the bottle before starting to ensure that the color is thoroughly mixed. Unless it’s a really big scratch, a Q-Tip works well as an applicator.

An easy way to fix a scratch in wood without totally refinishing the area

While you don’t want to just smear it everywhere, don’t worry if some goes on the “good” wood.

An easy way to fix a scratch in wood without totally refinishing the area

Before it dries, simply take a rag or paper towel and wipe the excess off. Immediately after you apply the Old English, it’s slighly noticeable. But in a few days, it’s absorbed into the wood and is almost impossible to detect.

An easy way to fix a scratch in wood without totally refinishing the area

You can buy Old English Scratch Cover at most supermarkets and big box stores (in with cleaning supplies). For keeping wood looking good, their Lemon Oil is also good.

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15 Comments
  • Frances Liz Fernandez
    Posted at 21 November 2015 Reply

    Nice save! Good to know

  • Jeanne Brennan-Krawetzky
    Posted at 21 November 2015 Reply

    I have used this many times. A true saver! 🙂

  • Diana K Weigel
    Posted at 21 November 2015 Reply

    Truly great product

  • Jim Shell
    Posted at 21 November 2015 Reply

    We have found Restor-A-Finish very good and it comes in many wood colors. We have found it particularly good at restoring the finish on a entire area, not just a scratch area. We follow up with Feed and Wax to keep the finish at its peak appearance

  • Janice Fleischmann
    Posted at 21 November 2015 Reply

    I found a wood stain pen at my local hardware store. I think it is from Minwax. It comes in several colours and I found one that matches our teak interior. It contains real wood stain and is not just a marker. They work really well on scratches and nicks.

  • Nikki Dowden
    Posted at 21 November 2015 Reply

    I used strong coffee on a patch, then I varnished over it……. So far so good, but I will invest in a bottle!

  • Michelle Rene
    Posted at 21 November 2015 Reply

    So good to know! And while reading your article I saw the link to cleaning cloudy Windows which I’ve been meaning to research… Excited to have both answers! Thank you!

  • Carolyn Brown Fuller
    Posted at 21 November 2015 Reply

    I’ve used Old English for years at home. One of the first cleaning products I brought aboard our boat! Gotta clean my windows too, hope the prisim polish does the trick.

  • Terri Zorn
    Posted at 21 November 2015 Reply

    Love love love Old English…. I always have a bottle. Life happens.

  • Mary Caruthers
    Posted at 21 November 2015 Reply

    Thx needed this

  • Jennifer Moran
    Posted at 21 November 2015 Reply

    If you have no product, break a walnut in half and rub the scratch with the broken edge In the direction of the grain.

  • Claire
    Posted at 04 March 2016 Reply

    Shoe polish works well, too, and if buy the tins, there’s no liquid to spill.

  • Diana K Weigel
    Posted at 28 October 2016 Reply

    Since I’ve used Old English Scratch cover at home for years, I’m feeling sheepish I didn’t think about it for the teak on the boat. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Jan Bogart
    Posted at 11 June 2017 Reply

    Shall drag my bottle back out……I have dozens of spots to use it on!

  • Couch Sailors - Sailing Videos
    Posted at 11 June 2017 Reply

    Glad I came across this! Nice results!

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