Damaged Table Top Finish

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Damaged Table Top Finish

Postby doodah12 » Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:11 pm

Hi,
I damaged my kitchen table's finish by placing a paper plate with hot food on it.
There is now a circular haze where the plate was.
My wife's not too happy, to say the least, and I'm hoping someone might be able to help.
Thanks!
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Re: Damaged Table Top Finish

Postby Bob Boardman » Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:13 am

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 mayonnaise,to the damaged area and allow it to remain overnight. The oil will often restore some of the transparency by displacing the water.

• Heat the finish with a blow dryer.
Use a medium setting and don't stay in one place too long. The heat can cause moisture to evaporate. Avoid getting the finish any hotter than is comfortable to touch.

• Dampen a cloth with denatured alcohol (not rubbing alcohol) and wipe gently over the damaged area. Wipe using a motion like a plane coming in for a landing and taking right off. The trick is to dampen the cloth just enough so it leaves the appearance of a comet’s tail of evaporating alcohol trailing as you wipe. (You can practice by wiping across a more resistant surface such as plastic laminate.)
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