Old Engish Scratch Cover to Stain Furniture

Instead of using stain, I use Old English Scratch Cover for dark wood. It seals the wood and looks like it has been refinished. I did this on a set of dowel rods that I am using for curtain rods. I also did it on a chair that had no finish on it and looks like it has been varnished. For thrift store furniture finds, I clean the furniture of all the old wax and dirt and rub the Old English on it. If there are any scratches on the piece, it seals them and makes the furniture look as good as new.


One thing about this, is to be sure the wood is good and dry before you put any kind of fabric on it or sit on it if it is a chair. Test the area with a paper towel, if the stain comes off you know to let it dry longer.

Source: My big brother

By Rosemary from Tipp City, OH

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May 26, 20170 found this helpful

Hi!! Thank you so much for posting this. I have been searching everywhere and asking everyone and no one could answer whether or not I could use old English scratch cover as a stain. How many coats do you typically put? And how long does it take to completely dry? Thanks again, Lizzy

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July 8, 20180 found this helpful

I used one coat, it didnt need any more than that, I applied it on our wood floor at 6pm and finished at 7 PM. After applying take two old clean towels and walk on them to buff the floor and soak up any areas that may have been put on too heavy.


As of 1030 it is not dry yet. I take a paper towel every hour and check it again. It the paper towel has stain on it, it s not dry. Once dry you can put a top coat of clear to protect wood and you ll be good to go for several years.

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June 16, 20190 found this helpful

What is good for the top coat?

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