I am a new comer here, but have been involved in refinishing for several years. Have a problem that I have not found a solution for. I placed a Double A batter, negative end down, on an antique oak table, when I picked the battery up some time later, I found that the battery leaked acid onto the table and "scorched" a round ring into the wood. The wood was bleached from the acid and the softer grain eroded.
I need to fill the recessed grain with wood filler but I have never had success staining wood filler after it dried, so I tried mixing some stain with the filler but could not get the right shade to appear, just mud. Tried a trick an old finisher taught me, mixing artist oil paints (burnt umber and Van Dyke brown) to get the shade, mixing that with wood filer and applying. long dry time due to the oil based paints.
I then tried wiping down with Restore-A-Finish and it removed the filler and put me back to square one. tried black latex paint mixed with wood filler to accent the grain which was blackish in the recesses and it looked pretty good, tried wiping down with Formby's furniture refinsher with a CLOTH, not steel wool, in hopes of "smearing" some of the old finish over my repair without any luck. so now I am thinking about stripping the entire piece and using some of the residue to tone or color the spot before applying a wiping varnish. hate to take off the original finish which is beautiful except for the bleached spot. If it was in the center I could hide it with a centerpiece but its close to the edge.
any suggestions as to any other possible remedies or should I go ahead and strip it? appreciate any suggestions. thanxz in advance, bob