How to Camouflage a Dog-Scratched Door

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Has Scooter redefined the term doggy door in your home? Then take a look at this camouflage fix for pet scratches on wood doors. It won't look exactly like new, but it'll be doggone close.

Things You'll Need

  • Matching Stain Or Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Plastic Sheet Or Old Towel
  • 120- And 220-grit Sandpaper
  • Lay a plastic sheet or an old towel under the door and on the surrounding floor area.

  • Holding the door with one hand, lightly sand away the scratches with the other hand. For deep scratches, start with medium-coarse (120-grit) sandpaper and work your way to fine (220-grit) sandpaper. For light scratches, just use fine (220-grit) sandpaper.

  • Apply a light coat of matching door stain or paint using a paintbrush, taking care to blend the newly finished area with the existing surface color. Apply sparingly to avoid paint or stain drips.

  • Wait 30 minutes or until the door is no longer tacky to the touch.

  • Reapply the stain or paint. Keep the door open until fully dry.

  • If you stained the door, apply a clear finish to protect it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Bring home a color chart from a home-improvement store to match the paint or stain color before buying it.
  • Always apply paint or stain in a well-ventilated area.

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