Any repair that involves removing the damaged finish completely – deep scratches, gouges­, burns, or any other damage – also involves refinishing the repair area. A pigmented stain will also block out the color it is being applied over, but not all of it. In order for the lighter pigmented stain to block out all the darker color there would have to be so much pigment in the stain that it would not only block out the darker color but also hide all the grain of the wood, just like a paint. To remove a black mark, the experts agreed that the damaged area needs to be stripped of its finish so it can be treated with oxalic acid, a wood bleaching agent.

Honestly, I’m Type A as well and worry you’ll regret not doing something first, because even the base of the table can have the finish washed off with a spill. I just tried the method that uses a cotton piece of fabric (no lint!) and an iron to get out cloudy white water stains. To treat small local staining – for instance on a coffee table – there are many other alternative methods to treat water rings. If a stain is particularly stubborn, Mr. Burden said, leave the mayonnaise on for a couple of hours.

Start With the Right Primer — Choosing a high-quality primer, such as Zinsser’s Cover Stain Primer , in regular or spray paint will make your project even more successful! Some people advocate the use of using mayonnaise or peanut butter on a white water mark. Finally, go over the piece with a cloth moistened in clear water to remove the detergent. White wine not only pairs well with fish, it also works on red-wine carpet spills.

In this case, you could try to apply a wood stain dye over the gel ink with a thin paintbrush or perhaps an empty pen, let it sit a few minutes, then work on removing both the gel ink (hopefully ‘freshened’ by the dye) and the dye at once. To use it, put a few drops of mineral spirits (a little goes a long way) onto a clean soft cloth and gently rub over the crayon marks to remove them. While chlorine bleach is often used to bleach wood, it has the potential to turn wood a yellow-green color. Depending on the solvent, modified tung oil may not be food-safe like pure tung oil.

To remove comparatively new and less severe marks, place a blotting paper on the stained area and heat it with a hot iron. The reason for this is that, before you begin the goo removal process, you want to be sure that there’s no residual dirt hanging around, which can cause scratching as you remove the polish buildup. After removing the really heavy old finish or the majority of the paint, mix 1/2 acetone and 1/2 lacquer thinner in a glass or metal bowl and use a piece of steel wool to scrub the piece with this mixture.

If the stain is deeply ingrained into the wood, it will be necessary to apply a stronger commercial stain or paint remover. Toothpaste is a very fine abrasive, and what you’ll be doing is removing the very top of the finish layer without removing the entire layer. Greasy stains should come up with a small amount of ammonia mixed with cold water and applied with a soft cloth. Avoid any corrosive or abrasive cleaners as they can cause more damage while removing the stains. I have ordered the 100% pure tung oil and will be finishing it per your instructions.

I also don’t use shampoo on my hair at all, I just use water and some conditioner every few days. I recently had this problem with a glass of water my grandson left unnoticed for a couple of days on a table in the dining room. Don’t rub the mark or you will increase the size of the stain and push it further into the fibres of the carpet or upholstery. I agree, if you want a table that will remain perfect for years to come, an RH table is probably not the best bet.

Step 2 Tackle white marks To remove white marks on wood, like the rings left by a hot mug or a wet glass, make a paste of equal parts baking soda and white toothpaste (not gel). The awesome thing about a tung oil finish is it is super easy to fix” scratches and wear…just lightly sand” it with 0000 steel wool, wipe with a tack cloth and apply another coat of the finish! You will be able to cut fine shavings of wood off the surface using very light pressure when holding the blade at the correct angle.

Scratches, dents, paint residue, kid crud, you name it, that table had it. After all the damage, I decided the time had come to refinish the surface. I am first and foremost a die hard wood lover.” I believe in treating it with love and respect and doing what I can to enhance the beauty of a piece, especially older pieces that are constructed of wood we just don’t see much any more in new, affordable furniture…walnut, cherry, mahogany, teak, rosewood. Your best bet is to stain a small test” patch on the piece and have mineral spirits and a clean rag handy to wipe it off if you don’t like the color. Then you’ll be researching How to Repair Wood Furniture” because of all the nicks!