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by Bob Boardman
Sat Jul 31, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinishing fumed oak table
Replies: 3
Views: 45

Re: Refinishing fumed oak table

What's the finish on the table. If shellac based wipe all surfaces with ammonia. If poly or lacquer, you can try sanding off the old finish. To make sure the old finish is all gone wipe with rag dipped in paint thinner - this will highlight areas that still have finish. When all old finish gone you ...
by Bob Boardman
Wed Jul 28, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: help for a amateur
Replies: 2
Views: 33

Re: help for a amateur

Sand all surfaces with a 120 grit paper, and vacuum up dust. Get a new foam brush and buy a product called SealCoat. using a foam brush apply to all surfaces. If a spot looks dry, leave it alone. Sealcoat dries very quickly. Wait an hour and sand all surfaces again with a 120 grit paper, and vacuum ...
by Bob Boardman
Tue Jul 27, 2021 3:14 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Novice with vintage mahogany rocking chair
Replies: 9
Views: 80

Re: Novice with vintage mahogany rocking chair

I can only answer part of your questions. The next 2 items to use to remove the previous color, are, in order: lacquer thinner or a chemical stripper.

From your picture it looks like a pigmented stain (closer to paint than a dye stain). A chemical stripper is probably the nest method
by Bob Boardman
Sun Jul 25, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinishing fumed oak table
Replies: 3
Views: 45

Re: Refinishing fumed oak table

Unless you have the expertise, background and right materials and equipment I'd advise to not fume the table. It requires concentrated ammonia and the right setup to accomplish this. What I'd try would be to: 1) Wipe down the sticky edges with a soap or solvent to remove the grease. I'd test on a sm...
by Bob Boardman
Sat May 29, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinish A Dining Table
Replies: 13
Views: 971

Re: Refinish A Dining Table

Looks great. Good job
by Bob Boardman
Sat May 22, 2021 9:01 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinish A Dining Table
Replies: 13
Views: 971

Re: Refinish A Dining Table

I’d seal the wood with diluted shellac before applying any stain. This will give a more uniform color
by Bob Boardman
Fri May 21, 2021 3:20 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinish A Dining Table
Replies: 13
Views: 971

Re: Refinish A Dining Table

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by Bob Boardman
Fri May 21, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinish A Dining Table
Replies: 13
Views: 971

Re: Refinish A Dining Table

Some thoughts: THe MDF is not going to give a single color with the stain. The MDF is made up of pieces of wood - some take a lot of stain, others take very little stain. In order to get even color on MDF you need spray equip. If you don;t have this equip you can get a passable top coat, but it will...
by Bob Boardman
Fri May 14, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Table Restoration
Replies: 5
Views: 351

Re: Table Restoration

I’m guessing at Mahoghany
by Bob Boardman
Fri May 07, 2021 9:04 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: How do I fix this varnish (shellac?)
Replies: 4
Views: 562

Re: How do I fix this varnish (shellac?)

Sometimes it's called "methylated spirits"
by Bob Boardman
Fri May 07, 2021 9:02 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Black Spots Appeared While Stripping Veneer
Replies: 2
Views: 355

Re: Black Spots Appeared While Stripping Veneer

First I'd repair the bubble using the method you describe. Make sure to get the glue as far into the bubble as possible. Unwind a paper clip and use that to spread glue under the bubble. Place a heavy weight on the spot till it dries. Then light sand to remove any excess surface glue Next, I'd reapp...
by Bob Boardman
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: How do I fix this varnish (shellac?)
Replies: 4
Views: 562

Re: How do I fix this varnish (shellac?)

First test to see if it's shellac. Rub a small spot with a Q tip dipped in denatured alcohol (rubbing alcohol may work, but has water in it). If the area comes off, dissolves or gets sticky, it's shellac. If so Howards may work, but the pro's would proceed as follows. 1) scrape/sand any loose pieces...
by Bob Boardman
Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Help stripping stained teak veneer dining table.
Replies: 5
Views: 584

Re: Help stripping stained teak veneer dining table.

wipe down with mineral spirits and see if it finish that's not removed or stain or dye
by Bob Boardman
Mon Feb 15, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Staining question
Replies: 2
Views: 461

Re: Staining question

It's possible that there's still some old finish, but maple can be a difficult wood to stain, leaving you with a lot of splotches. Rub surface with rag dampened with paint thinner - this will highlight any areas with finish still on them. There are a number of ways to prevent splotches depending on ...
by Bob Boardman
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: How to fix this worktop
Replies: 2
Views: 767

Re: How to fix this worktop

Rough to tell from picture, but I'd use some type of wood filler, sand smooth (or to equivalent of surrounding area), and spray entire edge with a color that's close to the top in terms of color, shade and sheen
by Bob Boardman
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Damaged Table Top Finish
Replies: 1
Views: 597

Re: Damaged Table Top Finish

A white spot means there's moisture in the finish. A dark spot means there's moisture in the wood. Damage in the finish is easier to repair than damage in the wood. Try the following items in the following sequence until you get good results. • Apply an oily substance, such as petroleum jelly or may...
by Bob Boardman
Thu Jan 07, 2021 4:33 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinishing Top of Walnut Dresser
Replies: 1
Views: 560

Re: Refinishing Top of Walnut Dresser

The tried and true strippers contain methyl(ene) chloride. You need good ventilation good and acid proof gloves, but this cuts thru everything. Safer products are Savogran 01102 Strypeeze Semi-Paste Stripper or Klean Strip
by Bob Boardman
Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Musty/damp clothes smelling old dresser
Replies: 6
Views: 1136

Re: Musty/damp clothes smelling old dresser

Shellac dries quickly. Were you sure the surfaces you washed with vinegar had completely dried? Not dry to touch, but thoroughly dried like overnight in a warm spot. If not, shellac may not be 'set' allowing smell to come thru
by Bob Boardman
Sun Jan 03, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Musty/damp clothes smelling old dresser
Replies: 6
Views: 1136

Re: Musty/damp clothes smelling old dresser

If you had already sprayed the inside w/shellac it should be ok. Did you wipe down the underside of the top?
by Bob Boardman
Sat Jan 02, 2021 1:15 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Musty/damp clothes smelling old dresser
Replies: 6
Views: 1136

Re: Musty/damp clotges smelling old dresser

When you say you wiped and sprayed, what areas are you referring to: - inside of individual drawers - outside of drawers, including the bottoms - inside of dresser with all drawers removed (including the top) If you missed any of these areas, wipe down with a diluted bleach solution, let dry for 24 ...
by Bob Boardman
Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Peppermint oil finish damage on table
Replies: 5
Views: 1123

Re: Peppermint oil finish damage on table

Thanks for the pic. Based on seeing this, I think I'm going to change my response slightly. This is a down and dirty way to make the damage look less conspicuous. It's NOT a repair, rather a way to help hide damage. Go to an art supply store and buy a bunch of different color brown markers (they're ...
by Bob Boardman
Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Peppermint oil finish damage on table
Replies: 5
Views: 1123

Re: Peppermint oil finish damage on table

The image didn't come thru, but doing a spot repair takes a fair amount of skill and is usually best done by a pro. Some of the reasons are: - the finish is most likely not poly. I say this because poly (or any finish called 'varnish') is quite durable and wouldn't show this type of damage. - Based ...
by Bob Boardman
Thu Dec 24, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: What is This Groove Around the Back of This Chair?
Replies: 5
Views: 1270

Re: What is This Groove Around the Back of This Chair?

Sonny. At sometime we’re gonna have to share a Pennsylvania Egg Nog. Cheers!