messed up kitchen table


After canning some tomatoes my wife put the hot jars on a thin towel on ur kitchen table. It is wood and looks to be finisned in a light oak color. Where each of the jars were there is a white spot the size of the jars. Probably due to the heat. Is there anything that can be done to remove the spots without refinishing the whole table ?
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And moisture.

Gentle prolonged heat might encourage the moisture in the white area to migrate away. Keep the finish at a very low temperature (maybe 120 F) to avoid damage. Time is your friend, don't rush it. A hair dryer kept well away from the top might be good source of warrnth.
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Many times using a soft cloth and toothpaste will remove the spots. Toothpaste has a very fine abrasive in it and won't ruin the finish.
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Relax and wait a few days before trying anything, it has to dry.
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On 8/19/2009 8:41 AM ransley spake thus:

Hard to believe, but that's actually the best advice in this thread so far.
So far as using abrasives of various types as people have suggested, bad idea. The last thing you want to do is damage the finish more, or, worse yet, remove it down to the wood. The idea of using heat is probably a good one (after waiting for things to settle down).
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On Wed, 19 Aug 2009 10:34:12 -0400, "Ralph Mowery"

The classic repair for water spots on wood is mayonnaise. Put a small dab on a soft cloth and gently rub the white ring. It may or not work, but worth a try. Buy your wife a cooling rack and a few trivets.
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Ralph Mowery wrote:

Here are 8 million + ways. I'd start at the top and work down... http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=remove+white+ring+on+table&aq=f&oq=&aqi
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Ralph Mowery wrote:

none that work. Another I recall seeing is to rub cigarette ashes into the whitened area, but it did not work for me. The finish has whitened, not the wood....I would take very fine steel wool and test by rubbing onto a small part of the whitened area to try to remove that much finish. You might also remove stain if it is a lacquer finish, so there are no sure ways to undo the damage. If the white disappears, you can try patching the finish then with a similar gloss clear finish. If it is a valuable piece, have an expert look at it. If not valuable, refinish by sanding the top lightly and put on a clear finish....I've never seen a spot repair on wood that was satisfactory.
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Coat with mayonnaise. Should be fine in a day.
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