hi, I got a dining table that is in pretty good shape. But the stain
on one area on the tabletop has been damaged by a hot pot. Is there a
product I can get from Home Depot to re-stain the entire table without
doing any stripping first? The existing stain is in good shape, except
for the damaged area.
What tool do I need to do this re-staining on this table?
I got some pictures of the table:
Any tips would be appreciated...
Rather than Home Depot, you'd find better and more varied products at stores
that specialize in woodworking materials or paints and finishes. Try a
Woodcraft store if you have one.
Stain is absorbed into the wood so there is no free lunch on this. It must
be stripped for the stain to work properly. Trying to do a small area and
blending it tot he rest of the table is a job for a pro or someone with
experience with stains and dyes.
It is also possible the stain is OK, but the top coat only is ruined from
the heat so you may minimize the work a little bit. Of course, to properly
do a repair, you have to know what the finish is.
Actually I was thinking of re-staining the entire table, including its
sides and legs. So blending is not a problem.
But if I need to strip the stain or its top coat, then I will just
live with the table as is... :(
Doing an entire quality table is best left to experts. Try the yellow
pages for shops that can handle it for you. Not likely you will have
the tools or space and techniques to get the results you want. Of
course, it doesn't matter if it came from Furniture Row's $99
To do the job right, figure it will take you 40+ hours over a period of a
few weeks. Remove the finsih with a stripper, sand smooth, stain, one coat
of diluted polyurethane, second coat full strength, sand, third coat, sand,
four coat. Let cure minimum of two weeks. Sand with wet 400 grit, wet 600
grit, steel wool, pumice, rottenstone, finally wax. It iwll be well worth
the effort for a smooth professional looking finish.
Or you can slap a couple of coats of poly and call it a day. It will look
It appears that the clear finish - varnish or lacquer, probably - is
whitened from the heat. You can't
restain the clear finish, although a tint added to clear finish might
help disguise the whitening but
probably would make matters worse.
I had a spot repair done to a good piece of furniture once, with very
disappointing results. Your
best bet is probably to either strip or sand the finish off the top and
then stain and varnish.
You might be able to get decent results from using very fine steel wool
on the whitened area to see
if you can reduce the white without getting into the wood or removing
stain. It will leave fine scratches,
so you need to go with the grain. Dip steel wool in linseed oil, wipe
dry when done and apply a coat
of furniture wax.
tips advising the rubbing of cigarette ashes into white spots; I've
tried that with no apparent change
in the appearance. Good luck, and let us know.
You can try something like "Restore-A-Finish". I got a 1/2-pint cant at
Rockler and used it to "refinish" some chairs for a client. At $7.00,
it's worth a shot. Rockler had several other chemical fix-it solutions
with which you could experiment. The worst case is that they make the
spot look worse and you have to strip and refinish the top, but that's
what you're looking at anyway.
I used to repair damaged wood for a furniture store (OK, it was a
waterbed store, so it barely counted as furniture), and I did a lot of
sanding and spraying with lacquer. That's a second possibility. On the
downside, most manufacturers put the stain in the finish instead of on
the wood, so you'll have a really hard time making things match.
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