I have a pair of speakers with real wood veneers finished with Watco
Oil. There was a mark on one of my speakers that I tried to clean off,
but unfortunately rubbed some of the stain off in a small area. This
area now looks lighter as compared to the rest of the speaker.
Is there an easy way to fix this?
I'm not the finishing expert, but it sounds like you used some sort of
solvent that may have killed the oil (degreaser type of solvent). If so,
wouldn't applying more Watco oil to the affected area restore the color? If
the speakers are finished with Watco oil, then I would imagine that they are
not actually "stained" since the oil usually has the color within it. The
color should come from the oil, I think. I would lightly dampen a cloth
with a littlebit of the Watco oil and slowly work the area to restore the
color. If you use a small amount of oil and start in the center of the
spot, you should be able to blend the color in with the surrounding wood.
But again, I am not that savvy with finishes, so get a second opinion. =-)
On 30 Apr 2005 19:45:52 -0700, the inscrutable "DMKinPA"
Rub some mineral oil (or walnut or lemon oil) on the spot and
surrounding area. If that fixes it for a day or two, and you have some
of the original Watco left over, clean the whole speaker with alcohol
or naphtha, then soap and water (carefully, of course). Let it (or
both speakers for best match) dry thoroughly and rub on some more
Watco per the instructions. You might be able to get by with a bit of
Watco just on the rubbed portion, but only you can judge that. If not,
do the whole speaker or both of them, depending on your tastes.
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