Hoping to restore a Formica countertop before moving, this site was rather discouraging. However, thanks to an article from the Washington Post, I pulled out a wax scratch remover I bought in an antiques shop years ago and applied as directed. Within five minutes scratches were almost invisible and the shine was back. I'll repeat several times before moving and recommend the procedure to the new owners. Look for Old Craftsmen's Brand by Rox Run Craftsmen, Ivyland Pa 18874 or use any good paste wax.