Help restoring a table top

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Help restoring a table top

Postby dmauldin » Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:33 pm

My wife has this table that she wants to restore. I'm a newbie so I'm not sure what steps I need to take. Any quick tips would be appreciated.

For example, do I sand or do I strip? If I strip, what type of stripper should I use? I'm not even sure what kind of wood this is. Cherry maybe?

Any help getting me started would be so much appreciated. Thank you.

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Re: Help restoring a table top

Postby AsonnyA » Thu Jan 21, 2021 10:05 am

Chances are you may have to strip the top and refinish.

Pic #1 has a white ring on the right side. Apply some mayonnaise to the ring for an hour or so, rubbing it in periodically.... see if the ring disappears. After the 1 hour treatment, clean off the mayo with mild soap and water. If some of the ring disappears, repeat the treatment.

Next: There are large areas where the surface is "cloudy", meaning the sheen or finish has been affected. We can't tell if those areas have a rough feel to them, hence no way to surmise what caused the problem. I'm kinna wondering if someone cleaned those areas with a Scotch Brite type pad and the result is removal of the finish's sheen in those areas. After the mayo treatment is complete, lightly sand the whole top with 220 grit sandpaper and clean off the dust.

In pic #2 the left bottom edge has a blemish on/in the finish(?). The previous light sanding may help with any subsequent resolution of this issue.

So, this is three different issues and a one simple fix may likely not be what is required. All three issues are likely caused by three different circumstances. Do the light sanding and the mayo treatment, then re-evaluate the results before deciding what next to do.


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