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Question about a wood table and finish

We have this gorgeous MIssion style coffee table that I love.  However, I've noticed large, milky stains on it that I believe are caused by heat. The discolorations are all in areas where we'd leave laptops over night, etc, so I'm pretty sure that's what has caused it.

At this point, I want to fix the table, since there's nothing else wrong with it and I love it.  What are my (easy, if possible) options? Sand and refinish? We live in an apartment, so we're limited in what tools we can use/have available, plus I'm worried about doing anything to it and then messing up the coloration between the legs and tabletop. 

Advice?

(P&R, but I'll be checking back in throughout the day)

Re: Question about a wood table and finish

  • SarahPLizSarahPLiz member
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    edited January 2012
    I think if you are going to refinish the top, you are probably better off refinishing the entire thing so you know it matches. 

    You should probably sand and re-stain and then put a good clear coat on it. 
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  • Ditto Sarah.

    My only advice- don't leave it out on your patio to let the stain dry.  Your asshole neighbors might just walk off with it.  Or at least that's what happened when H and I refinished an old coffee table I had. :(
  • In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_snarky-brides_question-wood-table-finish?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:17Discussion:c58363b2-f528-4a4f-add9-8653f318efb5Post:ce73f750-0660-49c4-bbd0-09c3a02b92db">Re: Question about a wood table and finish</a>:
    [QUOTE]I think if you are going to refinish the top, you are probably better off refinishing the entire thing so you know it matches.  You should probably sand and re-stain and then put a good clear coat on it. 
    Posted by SarahPLiz[/QUOTE]
    Grr, this is what I was afraid of. I wish there were a really simple, five minute trick :P
  • What have you tried? Have you tried oiling the table?

    It's hard to say what it might need without seeing photos. 
  • SarahPLizSarahPLiz member
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    edited January 2012
    Yeah, probably not, unless you want to tile the top. That could be fun. They sell pre-spaced tiles that you just lay on there and grout. Then you'd have to do some sort of border though. But it would then be heat and water proof.
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  • edited January 2012
    Let me try to take pics, Pirate. The table is currently husband-football central, so I might not be able to get in just yet.

    I really love the look of the wood, so I'd rather go through the whole restaining process than tile it.

    ETA: Here are pics. This is one of the worst offenders. The white is coming up much stronger in the pics, maybe because of the flash. It's just a translucent, milky white blotch on one part of the wood.





  • Awesome, thanks!  I will try those things first, and then if they don't work, move on to staining and refinishing. 
  • nhahn2206nhahn2206 member
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    edited January 2012
    I had the exact same problem on a table I refinished at one point. I believe I read somewhere that you can use mayo (weird, I know), let it sit on the spot, then wipe it away. However, I actually bought a liquid ring remover at a woodworking shop before seeing that.

    This is what I bought:

    It worked like a charm, and I have a ton leftover. You can order it from that website (I went to the actual store location for it, but it doesn't look like there's one in New Jersey).

    ETA: I know that ring remover is pretty expensive, but it's way cheaper than refinishing the table and a whole lot less effort.
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  • In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_snarky-brides_question-wood-table-finish?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:17Discussion:c58363b2-f528-4a4f-add9-8653f318efb5Post:ab72d448-613f-48ec-ab4e-8f6575a00ec5">Re: Question about a wood table and finish</a>:
    [QUOTE]I had the exact same problem on a table I refinished at one point. I believe I read somewhere that you can use mayo (weird, I know), let it sit on the spot, then wipe it away. However, I actually bought a liquid ring remover at a woodworking shop before seeing that. This is what I bought: <a href="http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=6517" rel="nofollow">http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=6517</a> It worked like a charm, and I have a ton leftover. You can order it from that website (I went to the actual store location for it, but it doesn't look like there's one in New Jersey). ETA: I know that ring remover is pretty expensive, but it's way cheaper than refinishing the table and a whole lot less effort.
    Posted by nhahn2206[/QUOTE]
    Thanks for the tip! I'll try the home remedy stuff--lemon juice, mayo--first, then if that doesn't work, I'll give this a try. Sanding can be our last ditch effort.
  • Just make sure that whatever you do--you put a good wax/reconditioner on the table when you're done.  Some of the home remedies, while quite effective, can suck the life out of a table and it will need some TLC after.

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  • pinterest says mayo, but that's for water rings I think. Not sure if it would work on heat marks like that.
  • In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_snarky-brides_question-wood-table-finish?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:17Discussion:c58363b2-f528-4a4f-add9-8653f318efb5Post:ae438eab-5a8a-4d92-a45f-19460154b3ca">Re: Question about a wood table and finish</a>:
    [QUOTE]Just make sure that whatever you do--you put a good wax/reconditioner on the table when you're done.  Some of the home remedies, while quite effective, can suck the life out of a table and it will need some TLC after.
    Posted by J&K10910[/QUOTE]

    <div>This for sure.  Pledge/Old English etc doesn't count.  </div>
  • Magic Eraser! My mom has an antique hutch in her kitchen and the same thing happened to it. Worked like a charm. As long as your finish is otherwise in good shape, which from the looks of it, it is, it should work.

    Try everything before going the refinishing route. I refinish old furniture and other things (wood trim in houses, floors) as a hobby and it's really alot more work than people think. And if the table has any sentimental or monetary value, I recommend paying a professional to refinish it if that ends up being what is required.
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  • Oh my god, I would think a Magic Eraser would wreak havoc on the finish.  Seriously, that shiit is caustic.

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  • When I still worked at Express, we used Magic Eraser on the mannequins to clean them.  One night I used so much, I think it rubbed my fingerprints off. It burns.
  • I'm always weirded out by the magic eraser residue.  What is that? Why does it disintegrate? 
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