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 Post subject: Wooden furniture finish problems.
PostPosted: Jun Wed 26, 2019 8:25 pm 
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While this post doesn't involve radio cabinetry, I figured this would still be the forum to post my questions.

Earlier this spring, we had some wicked rainstorms as did many others across the country. One storm in particular had heavy rain and strong winds out of the northeast which caused damage to the ceiling of our living room. The source was traced to insufficient flashing at a building offset. That and our ceiling were repaired and all is well. However, because of the leak one of the small piecrust tables had water-borne drywall land on it and we're wondering what the best way to repair the damage might be:
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I know the finish is an oil based varnish because my father refinished this table many years ago. Can this be repaired or dose it need to be completely refinished?

A bit of collateral damage occurred to a sewing machine cabinet when something was placed on top of it during the repair of the ceiling that resulted in some rather deep scratches to the top:
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This is a nice mahogany cabinet and we'd like to repair it. What would be the best way to address this problem. The Grunow behind the sewing machine cabinet was thankfully not affected by the calamity.

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 Post subject: Re: Wooden furniture finish problems.
PostPosted: Jun Thu 27, 2019 12:29 am 
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How To Polish, Remove Stains and Restore Wooden Furniture.
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Watch 5:30 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thWmuyTthws

How To Remove Watermarks | Salvage Hunters DIY Tips.
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Watch 3:10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LG8AQowDp8


How To Remove Cup Rings From Furniture | Salvage Hunters DIY.
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Watch 3:15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f8tgqntToc

All from the UK TV series, Salvage Hunters.
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 Post subject: Re: Wooden furniture finish problems.
PostPosted: Jun Thu 27, 2019 1:44 pm 
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Just resolved with a similar situation with white water spots. I rubbed the areas with 0000 steel wool dipped in thinned linseed oil (about 50/50 linseed oil/mineral spirits). Did a beautiful job in restoring the finish. I just happened to have the linseed oil on hand, but perhaps mineral oil, vegetable oil or even baby oil would work.


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 Post subject: Re: Wooden furniture finish problems.
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Hondo wrote:
Just resolved with a similar situation with white water spots. I rubbed the areas with 0000 steel wool dipped in thinned linseed oil (about 50/50 linseed oil/mineral spirits). Did a beautiful job in restoring the finish. I just happened to have the linseed oil on hand, but perhaps mineral oil, vegetable oil or even baby oil would work.

Boiled or raw linseed oil?
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 Post subject: Re: Wooden furniture finish problems.
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Boiled. Got it at Walmart for another project.


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 Post subject: Re: Wooden furniture finish problems.
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Rags soaked with linseed oil stored in a pile can spontaneously combust... :shock:
Lay flat or dispose in trash when finished.

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 Post subject: Re: Wooden furniture finish problems.
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Using boiled linseed oil is a better choice. It will polymerize, seal and remain the same appearance. Any other oils will dry and the marks will return. Like using Old English furniture polish, looks good for a while then slowly the oils sink in and evaporate, the marks return.


BTW was the furniture damage included in the insurance estimate?

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 Post subject: Re: Wooden furniture finish problems.
PostPosted: Jun Fri 28, 2019 4:55 am 
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Follow the advice of Hondo and Egg. Chas correctly explains the chemistry. Tung oil will also polymerize, but boiled linseed is easier to find.

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