Table discoloration/damage? How to restore

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Table discoloration/damage? How to restore

Post by Sacksem » Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:04 pm


We have a nice wood table with some marks on it. Not sure the source but was wondering some ideas on polishing/restoring?

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Re: Table discoloration/damage? How to restore

Post by Shannon » Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:57 pm

Looks like something wet and or hot has been set on them. I don't think you can polish that out?
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Re: Table discoloration/damage? How to restore

Post by A. Spruce » Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:16 pm

Looks like the stain pigment was cooked out of it in that first pic, you're not going to restore that without refinishing the table. As for simply evening out the sheen, you might be able to polish the table to buff some shine into the dull areas.

If you choose to refinish, be VERY careful with sanding, that is probably a veneer plywood top which is typically paper thin and extremely easy to sand through. If you know for a fact that it is solid wood you can sand as much as you like, experience tells me it's veneer, but it's hard to tell from the pix you posted.
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Re: Table discoloration/damage? How to restore

Post by CosmosisT » Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:39 am

If you can't wash the cloudy stains out, that's a heat-stain, you've damaged the clear-coat. There's a few things I'd do first, before re-finishing.

Try this first: (Only if you're confident it's not veneering, it may separate the glue; polish instead)
You need: Wash Towel and Iron,

You place the wash towel on the surface and with your iron ready to go, using the cloth as a safety, iron it out and wipe it down. You should notice pretty quick a difference or we have a deeper issue.

I'm usually confident in this working but if not, we'll see what needs to be done. :)

This is in regards to clouding in the finish, scratches and other marks may need to be handled differently.

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