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Re: rubbing alcohol on table top

Posted By: James Schooley <furnitureissues@earthlink.net> (0-1pool246-8.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 6/26/5 22:57

In Response To: rubbing alcohol on table top (Kathy)

There is a solution, it will not be too simple, however. You will need to de-wax the table with mineral spirits and 0000 steel wool, and then wiping off the loosened film with a separate cloth, and repeating, until the surface is squeaky clean. Next sand lightly over the effected surface with 600 grit wet/dry sand paper and more mineral spirits, take care not to rub through the finish, don't expect to remove all the damage at this point, wipe clean. If the finish is a colored lacquer, thread very lightly to avoid thin spots in the color. Spray on a coat of lacquer sanding sealer (Deft) in the problem area, allow to dry for 8 hours and resand with 320 grit open coat sand paper. Repeat this step until the signs of the imprints are all gone. Once the sanding sealer has filled in the damage you will need to spray on a couple coats of lacquer top coat, wait till fully dry, 24 hours, and buff lightly with 0000 steel wool, if satin sheen is needed, or rhotten stone and paraffin oil on a clean cotton cloth if gloss is needed. Wax to protect the finish and if this sounds complicated, call a pro.

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