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loris doos 07.14.14

Naturally Repair Wood With Vinegar and Canola Oil

Use 3/4 cup of oil, add 1/4 cup vinegar. white or apple cider vinegar, mix it in a jar, then rub it into the wood. You don't need to wipe it off; the wood just soaks it in Credit goes to .Heili's Healthy Haven
Time: 60 Minutes Cost: $22.00 Difficulty: Easy
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  • Kris Cole
    Kris Cole Saint Francis, MN
    The vinegar interacts with the oil in some way and changes the color of scratches. How long it lasts depends on how much you use it. It is not a permanent solution, but it is one that does darken scratches permanently, not cover them completely. I said
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  • Ldld
    What about substituting vegetable oil for canola oil? Will that work just as well?
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  • Kris Cole
    Kris Cole Saint Francis, MN
    I have only used Canola oil. That's it. So, I don't know. I think they suggest canola for a reason though. Just guessing here.
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  • Rhonda Vigus
    Rhonda Vigus Boonville, NY
    OK...now it makes sense. I just did my entire 4 piece antique bedroom set today...it looks like new!!
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  • Mrsw
    how about venner wood
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  • Darlene
    Darlene Maryville, TN
    How much do you apply at one time, also the best way to apply it??
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  • Carla Harrod Hampton
    Carla Harrod Hampton Indianapolis, IN
    Beautiful job! Thank you so much for sharing this! Invaluable!
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  • Smatthys
    Smatthys Jefferson City, MO
    This just left a greasy mess!
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  • Bonnie S
    Bonnie S Demotte, IN
    I tried this on a few pieces a few months ago (One old and the others in great shape.) I will NOT use it again. It looked great BUT just wait until you have to dust it. The oil seems to take away that glossy finish feel to where the dust rag no longer
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    • Marion Nesbitt
      Bonnie S Wonder - if you picked an inconspicuous spot and cleaned it with some diluted vinegar to cut the oil..This might help.
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  • Linda
    Linda Syracuse, NY
    I've heard that just rubbing mayonnaise into the wood can remove marks, etc., and I have seen it work. On a large piece, though, I am not so sure how that would turn out.
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  • Candace P
    Candace P Emmett, ID
    I read you should use mineral oil not vegetable oils as the vegetable oils can go rancid. Any one have this issue? I did try this and it seemed to clean the wood and cover the scratches.
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  • BARB B
    BARB B Helena, MT
    how do you restore redwood decking without staining again, like a wash renewal?
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    • Marion Nesbitt
      BARB B I used tung oil on some Western red cedar deck steps. Did a great job. Brought out the tones and acts as a weatherproofing. Could try it in an inconspicuous spot to see results. Think you could use Danish or other as well.
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  • Marion Nesbitt
    Results look good, but I'd just sand a bit and use a stain then some oil or poly.
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