Red oak boards being used as shelves. Was too wet and cold to sand, stain and
poly them so my husband put them up unfinished. Well he spilled his beer on one.
Will sanding be enough or will the spot rear its ugly head when I get to stain
and poly it in the spring?
On Saturday, January 18, 2014 10:47:16 AM UTC-6, woodchucker wrote:
Do you have personal experience using that method?
You realize of course, that when you bleach out the stain with the acid, it
won't discriminate between the stained areas and the unstained areas, righ
t? So cleaning the area will lighten that one area on the entire on the en
tire project. This will be like using full strength Clorox to treat a spot
on a black dress shirt.
The original poster should post more info about size and appearance of the
stain, what kind of oak it is, and how the stain has been treated to this p
oint before expecting an intelligent answer.
It is important to note that the OP never said there was any kind of stain
to treat or deal with. For all we know, the beer was spilled and immediate
ly wiped off and you can't even tell where the spill was.
So what - if anything - is the visible result of the beer being spilled?
Beer being almost all water I doubt there is much of anything; possibly, a
water stain? If that is all, sanding should ne sufficient. Note: do NOT
use oxalic acid (or any other bleach).
Why do you want to stain the wood prior to varnishing?
I try to avoid stain preferring to use wood I like au natural rather than
trying to make a wood I don't much care for look like something else. The
lack of stain also eases any needed repairs should they become necessary in
Of course there are exceptions, one of them being when overall color is
important but the wood itself is not. For example, around here, "merlot" is
being championed by many furniture retailers. It is the gotta have color.
Why anyone wants their bedroom suite et al to look like wine I do not know
but strongly suspect it is for much the same reason that granite, volume
ceilings,tray ceilings and crown molding are also "gotta haves" :)
I have several options to consider.
1. If the board was unfinished can you just turn it over and have the
un-spilled side become the good side?
2. If the board wasn't that big could you just make a new one?
3. Why not stain and poly the shelf when you get the time and see how
it looks before you panic?
4. You could go Lorena Bobbitt on him so he won't mess up the other
Pat & Mike had been friends for many years, but it was getting to be
for Mike to cash in his hand and move along.
As Mike was lying on his death bed, his old friend Pat at his side, he
Mike, "Mike my old friend, is there anything I can do for you?"
Mike said, "Not in this life, but after I'm gone there is a bottle of
Irish in me
closet. Would you mind sprinkling it on me grave?"
Pat thought for a minute then asked,
"Would you mind if I run it thru my kidneys first?"
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