How To Fix A Long White Scratch On Wood Flooring

How To Fix A Long White Scratch On Wood Flooring

Few things stand out more than a long white scratch in a medium or dark prefinished wood floor.

The urethane finishes that many prefinished flooring manufacturers use in today’s prefinished wood floors contain a mineral called Aluminum Oxide.

Aluminum Oxide makes the finish incredibly durable and long lasting, however, the drawback is that if the floor is scratched for some reason the Aluminum Oxide causes the scratch to appear white – and stand out like bright line.

Using stain and colored markers, along with clear wax can take the white out of the scratch and fill it in to be virtually invisible.

Want to learn more about using a wood floor touch up kit?

Read our guide to wood floor touch ups, and download a checklist of all the things you need to build your own wood floor touch up kit.

Wood Floor Touch Up Kit

Wood Floor Touch Up Kit Guide


Other Videos in this Series:

How To Make A Wood Floor Touch-up Kit

How To Fix An Open Knot In Wood Flooring

How To Fix A Long White Scratch On Wood Flooring

How To Fill In A Deep Scratch With Wax Without Refinishing

How to fix a chipped edge on wood flooring

How to fix a deep scratch in wire-brushed wood flooring


  1. Bill says:

    hello,,i have some pr finished IPE that I m guessing is finished with A O,,the product claims to be super tough and scratch resistance but I am seeing just the opposite,,the finish scratches super easily,,just the slightest movement of say a chair leg without a pad will leave the annoying highly visible white scratch . is this normal fo A O ? or is it possible i just have a bad batch of pr finished material?
    thanks for your help

    • Caleb Unruh says:

      Hi Bill, Aluminum Oxide (A.O.) is an additive or special layer within the finish that is harder than other finish layers to help prevent things that scratch a floor from scratching the wood beneath. Unfortunately, Aluminum Oxide – when it does scratch – is known to leave more of a bright white mark. So, while it is harder, the scratches are more noticeable. Because of this, flooring manufacturers usually put multiple layers of finish on a floor and the layer that has A.O. is best when it is layered somewhere in the middle. If it is one of the top layers of finish, the bright white scratches (especially on a dark floor like Ipe) are more noticeable. This may be why your floor seems to scratch easily, and the scratches are very noticeable.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.