Bought a nice golden oak veneer round dining table used. It has a few
minor surface flaws, no gouges just small areas where finish has come
off. There is one spot that has a raised area like a bubble, about
the size of a dime. I was told to correct that, I should use a towel
and warm iron on top of area??? I am of course am looking for
suggestions the easiest way to go about making the top look good. Also
would like to know the correct steps before having a complete
refinishing job ahead of me.
It's hard to tell from your description without seeing a picture. The
iron and WET towel is usually used to raise or "sweat" out dings in
the wood. If the finish bubbled up with a dimes diameter I would
suspect either something caustic was spilled on it, the piece was
finished before a filler underneath fully dried, or it was a bad
veneer job. If the raised skin is clear, meaning just the wood is
stained, you could knock the bubble off and drop-fill assuming it's
lacquer. If the bubble is colored you may have to tint your lacquer
to get a good match. There are a few different types of lacquer that
have been used over the years, so I'd check compatibility first...like
on the bottom of the edge. What I just wrote applies if just the
finish is raised and not the veneer.
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