Baseboard Touch-up

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Forum topic by bgit posted 04-16-2018 12:55 PM 606 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-16-2018 12:55 PM

Hello everyone,

I’m planning on touching up the stained baseboards in my home. They’re not bad enough to sand them down and start over, so my idea is to run a rag with stain on it in order to re-stain the areas that are damaged. Can anyone recommend a stain to use?


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#1 posted 04-16-2018 11:35 PM

If you are talking about the small dings, and dents that a baseboard gets from a sweeper, and just being there I’ve had the best luck with using a touch up marker in a shade consistent with the trim color I’ve used these with good luck, and have seen a Minwax product at Lowes/Home Depot which was similar, just sold as one color only, with a choice of several shades.

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#2 posted 04-23-2018 10:20 PM

I also recommend marker pens. I used them to touch up our new kitchen cabinets and they worked great. I also like wax crayons for shallow depressions. They come in lots of colors too.

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#3 posted 04-23-2018 10:25 PM

I wouldn’t do what you are proposing. IE: apply stain over finished base boards. The damaged spots will come out darker than you want, and the end result will be uneven color.

I say either touch them up with a lighter color stain pen, or replace the baseboards and start anew.

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#4 posted 04-23-2018 11:54 PM

I have very successfully used a darker stain on dings and such on trim. I suppose its opinion based but a darker shade makes them just disappear. What do think those furniture touch up products are, like “Old English”? MW stains are pretty good for this. Dont shake up the pigment, just use the dye/oil in the top of the can, or if you use dye it works well. Q- tips work well for application. Going lighter in color makes them more obvious to me. We arent talking making car paint chips disappear under close inspection.

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#5 posted 04-25-2018 02:37 AM

Yeah darker color works better, unless it is so pale as to be almost white. I try not to stain over a sealed finish though, as suggested that can get blotchy. Either a marker pen, or a product like Old English seems to work. At least on smallish dings.

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