I read a thread about removing rings from a wooden table that said
to use mayonaise. I have an old italian marble coffee table that has
lost it's sheen. Pledge makes it look ok but I would love to have it
shine like new. It's black with pink and gray throughout. What would
be the best approach to this? Lemon oil, wax? I thought of that
stuff for compounding painted finishes on motorcycles and cars and a
soft bufferpad. Think that would scratch it or polish it? I'm
looking for ideas here.
Krylon makes a number of products that are not only beautiful, but
durable as well. Rust Oleum also has an amazing array of products to
choose from. On one commercial, I saw them paint a plastic chair even,
and get this - THE PAINT WOULD NOT COME OFF! I think this would be the
best bet, say, black, gold, blue or yellow. Then, use some crayons or a
chisel to make some squiggles in the paint, it will look JUST LIKE
marble when you are done! I saw it on this old house once, so I know
What does the removing rings/wooden table/mayonnaise have to do with
your situation? I don't follow you.
Home Depot, or a local tile store, will have stone sealers and
enhancers. Some have little effect on the sheen, others give more of a
shine. I don't know if I'd mess with the polishing and buffing
routine. Marble stains easily, is not easy to polish to a uniform
sheen without a lot of effort and you could end up doing more harm than
It needs to be refinished and polished in order to restore the shine it
had originally. There are refinishing kits/products available at tile
stores that may give you what you want.
Or it may need to be ground, honed, and shining by polishing. That is
quite a chore.
Wet diamond or wet sand paper honing is the normal finish for
stone. As the grit gets finer and finer it will actually begin to
shine. It just begins to shine at 600 grit, I suspect you have a
much finer finish than that.
Automotive rubbing compound should not harm the marble.
Automotive paste wax (no silicone) may give you the shine you
Seek further advice from a stone supplier in your area. They will
also have sealers and polishes made for stone.
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Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
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