Asked on Dec 5, 2011

I have a 50yr+ Thomasville dining table w/a veneer top.

KMS WoodworksBoots R


At some point when it was out of my possession, I think that it was verathaned. Now, it is always smudgy. Would it be okay, given that it is veneer, to strip and re-verathane?
3 answers
  • KMS Woodworks
    on Dec 5, 2011

    The "smudgy" might be do to some cleaning residues. What products have you used for its day to day care? Because this is a "veneer" table a chemical strip is about the only option you do have...sanding would run the risk of sanding "through" the veneer.

  • Boots R
    on Dec 5, 2011

    Well, on a gnerally regular basis, when I use the table, I clean it up w/a damp cloth and then try to shine in the direction of the wood/veneer grain. I have used a product called Kruckenberg's Gourmet (!) Wood Cleaner,but nothing seems to get those smudgies out. I also spilled some limoncello on it the other day, and now there are more smudges.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Dec 6, 2011

    this sounds like oil smudges. Try wiping it down with a paper towel very lightly dampened with some mineral spirits. Then follow with a dry paper towel. If you do plan to refinish some light wet sanding will increase the bond for the new finish. one of my favorite products is minwax's wiping poly in a satin. For future cleaning a light spray of furniture polish to a dry cotton towel is all you really need

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