Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dickinson, Tx. / Somerville, TX
These type of cross grain scratches are almost impossible to repair without stripping and refinishing the whole piece.
I haven't done it in several years but there is a product called a "Flo-Out" blender. It comes in an aerosol can. I don't know how to describe it to you in words on how it works but it takes a lot of skill to not make a mess. Basically, you spray it on and it re-melts(for lack of a better word) the existing finish and lets it flow out evenlly and then hardens again. When i used to do moving damage claims, this was a big item. You make the repair in the customers location. But like I said, if you dont knw what you are doing, you can make a real mess of things. If that dont work there are graining pens where you actually build up the finish and draw the grain.
In addition to that, the piece quite possibly could have the finish tinted which will make the color match difficult.
Another method would be burn in sticks, that too would require painting in the grain, getiing can of tinted aerosol lacquers.
There are refinishers that will come into you home and make the repairs. They will never be truly invisible
You can posssibly get away with a decent repair if the surfaces are not on the tops of tables, dressers, etc. When i say "you", I mean a qualified repair person.
For you personally to do it yourself, you most likely will make it worse. When i used to do this, I would have to bring several boxes of different types of chemicals and graining brushes into their home. then move the piece into the garage to work on it. All my chemicals were in decent size tubs so if anything spills it would land in the little plastic tubs and not on their furniture or floor. Even at that, I worked on the piece in their garage.
So, my final recommendation is find a qualified person or just learn to live with it.
Retired woodworker, amongst other things, Sold full time cruising boat and now full time cruising in RV. Currently in Somerville, Tx