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Re: black lacquer coffee table

Posted By: Greg Scholl <beatkat@adelphia.net> (67-22-200-210.albyny.adelphia.net)
Date: 6/15/5 00:29

In Response To: black lacquer coffee table (lily theresa jones)

Lily, what type of polish did you use on the table? If it was a wax polish that had toluene in it, it may have attacked the lacquer causing the streakiness. I would clean off the wax with some mineral spirits on a rag, drying with a clean rag, and let dry. Then I would use a rubbing compound to polish the lacquer back to it's former gloss. In this case, the "polish" is a verb. You can use a white Dupont automotive rubbing compound, (Don't use the red)...or try the 3M product called "Finesse it" or "Clean and Wax" available at most auto supply stores, which are rubbing compounds in a squueze bottle. Polishing lacquer may not come easily if you've never done it before, and if the lacquer is worn or very thin, you run the risk of rubbing through even more...and it may need more than just a polishing...Mohawk makes an excellent product called "Deluxing Compound" for this type of restoration of a lacquer surface, but it doesn't make sense to buy a whole container of a product just to buff your one coffee table...is this a modern piece of furniture?

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