Fixing a scrape in finished wood
I bought a vintage walnut china cabinet that needs some TLC. A cabinet door loosened on its hinges and made semi-circular scrape marks on the flat surface in front of the door. While I have the door off I can re-stain the scrape but IÂm wondering what else I should do. (there is unstained wood on the back where I can test the shades first until I have it right) I think even if I get the color matched right the scrape may still be visible. It is not deep enough to fill.
Treat it like a dent and try to raise the wood? But since it is not sunk but rather abraded that might be a waste of time. Give it a light careful sanding with very fine sandpaper to try to smooth out the ridges? Or will that cause more damage than it cures? Thanks!