Repairing water damage on wooden table

I had some water sitting on an oak dining table. The water sat for a day and the finish lifted exposing the unprotected grain of the wood.
How can I repair this? Spot repair with varnish?
Thanks in advance
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
To make the repair unnoticeable you will have to strip the table and refinish, touching up the pealed area can be done but you will see it
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Brooklin wrote:

Ramsley is right, if the finish is varnish a spot repair will probably show. With time - as the fresh wood area changes in color - it may blend pretty well. If you do it you *have* to remove any lifted varnish. Normally, one sands (which is what changes the wood color) but I wonder what would happen if you removed it chemically just in the bad area? (I'm assuming the wood hasn't been stained.) Never done it, might work.
However, do you *know* the finish is varnish? If it is a store bought table it probably isn't, most likely its lacquer. Especially since it was water that caused the damage. You can check by applying some lacquer thinner somewhere that doesn't show - if the finish dissolves without alligatoring it is lacquer and *that* you can repair, done it many times. A new coat on the bad area will dissolve what's there and blend with it.
Depending on the extent of the damage, a light spray coat rubbed out with 0000 steel wool after drying may be all that is necessary. However if you need more than one coat you'll have to rub down the repaired area to the same height and sheen as the rest of the table. DEFT makes a brushing lacquer that is easy to use and which sands very nicely...they don't call it lacquer though - Clear Coat maybe? Has blue writing on the can, comes in spray cans too. Fine (0000) steel wool is good for buffing and smoothing after using a fine paper - #240 at least.
-- dadiOH _____________________________
dadiOH's dandies v3.0... ...a help file of info about MP3s, recording from LP/cassette and tips & tricks on this and that. Get it at http://mysite.verizon.net/xico ____________________________
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Put a dab of mayonnaise on a cotton rag and rub the water spot stain. Then wax and buff the entire table.
If this doesn't work, you'll probably need to sand and refinish the entire table top. Water on wood makes the fibers swell. Sand using grits 150, 180 and 220. In between the sanding grades you could wipe the wood with a damp sponge, allow it to dry for a day, then sand the rough wood down. This process will help future wood swelling should your table get wet again. Finish with a polyurethane or polyurethane varnish which is excellent at resisting water. After a month of finish cure, use a paste wax (such as Johnson's Paste wax) and buff with a soft cotton rag. Repeat the waxing every 6 months.
wrote:

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.