My home was buit in the early 90's and is filled with scratched trim. I'm not sure what species the wood is, but it has very little grain, is VERY soft and is finished in a golden pecan looking stain & non-glossy finish (almost a satin/matte finish). I'm not looking for a full restoration, but merely something that looks better than how it looks currently. I certainly don't want to fully sand down the wood and refinish. I just don't want the eye to be drawn to the scratches - the scratches look whitish compared to the non scratched areas.
I took a piece of the trim into Lowes and the color very closely matches Miwax - Wood Finish - Penetrates, Stains & Seals - Golden Pecan. We tested the stain out by lightly brushing the stain over a damaged area, blending the stain over the existing finish. It looks pretty good to me. Is there a problem with just going around my house and doing this to all the trim? Will this stain cause the current finish to bubble or any other undesireable result (i.e areas that still have the original coating - not sure what that would be - laquer, urethane, etc.) My test piece looks fine where the stain was wiped over the current finish, including the scratched areas.
Is there any other solution that would be easier?
Can I apply polyurethane over the trim after I touch up the scratches with stain?
Also, in one area where I tested it, the wood was scratched VERY deeply - next to the back door where the dog scratches to get out - it was basically about 50% scratches... This area sucked up the color of the stain more intensely (even with just barely a coat that was immediately wiped off). Can I dilute the stain with anything - or pre condition the scratched area so it doesn't suck up the stain so intensely?
Thanks in advance for your help.