Good fix-- Have you scratched the wood on your Cornwall IVs?

In the spring, I noticed that I had somehow lightly scratched the lovely walnut wood on one of my Cornwall IVs.  I was incredulous as I baby these things and excellent take care of my stuff.  Then, this summer, I noticed a few other scratches on the other speaker.  UGH!!!

When examining the wood, it looks like the finish is very minimal in application. The grain is pretty high up and open.  To figure out what was going on I had to do a test scratch with something soft to see what it is I'm dealing with.  Wouldn't you know it?  I could scratch the finish with a fingernail or a record cleaner handle, and so on.  Yikes.  These things are way sensitive. 

So, I tried a product line that I've used before and got very lucky that it worked perfectly.  I used Howard's Restore a Finish in Dark Walnut (my CWIVs are just Walnut and do not appear dark), and after it was dry (they recommend only 30 minutes; I waited an hour) I applied Howard's Feed & Wax. 

Both of these products go on easily with no staining, no brushes, etc.  I took a bit of a gamble in trying them, as you really never know with wood until you experiment.  I didn't even have to use 0000 very fine steel wool when applying the restorer, as recommended for scratches by the manufacturer.  

This was an easy job.  Total time was 20 minutes for the restorer and a good 10 minutes for the Feed & Wax.  The finish looks no different than brand new in tone, all scratches are completely gone, and the finish has a bit more protection now.  

I've seen folks on the Klipsch forums talking about putting poly urethane on them, which would not be a bad idea yet I didn't want to commit to changing the finish right now.

At any rate, if you have this wonderful speaker this process should work wonders for you as it did me. 

I gave the speakers away for I think $2200 or close to that.  It would cost me more to buy another pair.  This is the third time in my 50+ years that I let a pair of speakers I really loved, get away.  Some people never learn.

I would like to try the Cornwall IV though.  I have our daughters wedding coming up in October, postponed from last year so I will be having more expenses.   We shall see.
Almond scratch repair sticks are pretty magical. I have used one for a number of different finishes and they do the trick. Used to own a set of Klipsch and guess it would work well on that oil finish. Not perfect, but a nice quick fix. 
I noticed a couple of minor shipping scratches on my CW IVs too.  Unfortunately my speakers are black ash which is definitely not an oil finish and is likely a matte lacquer.  I've tried to touch up one or two minor nicks on the front edge banding using a furniture crayon but wiping the excess wax off creates a moderately glossy spot that stands out from the matte finish.  Fortunately my nicks are confined to the edge banding so the difference in sheen of the repairs isn't really noticeable, but I wouldn't want to use this method to fix any scratches on the top or sides of the speakers.

While we're griping, I'm not sure who thought it was a good idea to make the CW IV's risers out of MDF.  One of mine was slightly crunched upon receipt, but even so, just sliding the speakers across carpet will likely cause the risers to chip and flake at the edges.  My fix for this was to build new risers out of solid wood.  I haven't installed them yet since I'll have to use the existing risers as templates to drill the mounting holes prior to painting them.  Besides, my speakers sit on carpet so the carpet puffs up above the bottom edge of the riser and masks edge damage.  However, I would've much preferred the old-style veneer risers that would've held up better.
I would stay away from any dealer who doesn’t ship these by freight and strapped to a pallet.

For flat black speaker scratches, spray a piece of cardboard with flat black paint. Then use a toothpick or auto touch up brush to fill the scratches.