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
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.
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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.
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