During a recent renovation project, workers used our near-new mission
oak dining table as a work area. After they left, we discovered a 4"
whitish-grayish spot in the medium oak finish. We don't know if it
was caused by heat, water or solvent. Rubbing it with spray wax
didn't help. Is there some way we can fix it ourselves or should we
get a new table top?
Thanks to all who responded. I found the site below very helpful, and
based on that and other advice I've read about curing moisture spots,
I decided to try a remedy I remembered reading from about 30 years
ago, and that was to place a piece of waxed paper over the spot and
iron it. It worked beautifully! I set the iron to 3 (where 10 is
max), folded a piece of waxed paper in quarters, and ironed it right
on the table for about 30 seconds. It left a little waxy residue, but
after I rubbed that off, it lookes perfect!
Call your local furniture company and ask them for the name and number of
the outside service that comes and repairs their damaged furniture. Usually
they can come to your house and repaired the spot rather quickly and
inexpensively compared to replacing the top.
On 5 Apr 2004 20:33:09 -0700, email@example.com (Judy) wrote:
What's the top made out of ?
What's the finish on it ?
What caused the damage ?
Sounds like they put some sort of hot and wet round thing down on the
table, and most finishes will see some sort of bloom from this. 4" is
a big coffee mug though. This is a very common problem and there are
plenty of solutions, but someone who can see and handle the table
needs to identify the orignal finish before proceeding. Maybe you can
ask the original maker ?
In the meantime, photograph it and mail (don't phone) a letter and
copies to the chief honcho of the renovators, asking what they intend
to do to cover your repair costs. Don't ask "what they expect to do
about it", or they'll send the same guy back, with a pot of poly
varnish and a brush.
Whatever you do, don't let spray wax anywhere near it, Almost all make
further finishing damned difficult, if not impossible. The problem is
the silicones that most of them contain.
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