Asked on Dec 31, 2011

furniture finish

Mcgypsy9KMS WoodworksDon J
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a cotton ball with fingernain polish remover was left on a end table. It is natural oak. The spot is about 2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. how can you blend without having to strip the whole top. There is another table on the other side of the couch and if I refinshed the table in question it would not match.
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  • Getting the color to match will be a bit tricky, if the furniture is newer you may be able to get the stain from the manufacture in order to blend it to match. However this is the easy part. I assume the top has a shiny finish on it (or at least where the cotton ball was not at) which will make it a bit harder to blend in. You will always see this repair however unless you completely refinish the top. To match the other, you may need to do both tops at same time.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jan 1, 2012

    The "solvent" in fingernail polish remover is Acetone...which is some pretty nasty stuff. In most cases only the top coat has been affected. the two main finishes here are lacquer and Varnish (poly). I have done both of these with some touch ups using Deft spray lacquer and buffing out with steel wool. Or with some wiping poly for varnished surfaces. Is it possible to post a pic?...the angle of the light will show the most variation.

  • Don J
    on Jan 1, 2012

    I don't think I can post a pick with home talk. If it is possible please let me know. Thanks for the info. I really appreciate your input

  • The photo just needs to be in Jpeg format. You simply have photo on your computer, open up your thread and on bottom it asks add photo. Click on that, open up the location where your photo is located on the computer and click. In a few seconds your photo will be uploaded to the site. Your table will then become famous.

  • Don J
    on Jan 1, 2012

    This is the picture you wanted to see. I hope this helps.

    q furniture finish, cleaning tips, painted furniture, End table
  • I think you can simply hide this using a light oak stain and rubbing it into the wood with a cloth dampened with it. Mimwax makes small cans of stain that should match this quite well. I am sure you will be pleased with the results. Go to Home Depot who sells this stain and look at the color charts that they offer. You will see this finish or something that will be very close to it. When applying it do a little at a time to darken the lighter area. Rub it in wipe it off right away. Keep doing this until the darkness blends in.

  • Don J
    on Jan 1, 2012

    Thanks!! Would you then apply wiping poly to the spot after you get the color where you want it with the stain. Do they make a stain poly one coat process? I love this process. you all have been very helpful.

  • Don J
    on Jan 1, 2012

    I need a clarification about a response

  • JP S
    on Jan 1, 2012

    I had something like that happen on a new table-some medicine was spilled that took off the paint down to the wood.I put a nice little dish over it-worked great!!!

  • Don J
    on Jan 2, 2012

    Thanks for nothing

  • JP S
    on Jan 2, 2012

    Ouch-I was being serious

  • Don J
    on Jan 2, 2012

    I know. I wasn't. Happy New Year

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jan 2, 2012

    Don...the color to me looks a bit more like the "golden oak" from minwax. I would take a small cotton rag (t-shirt type) and apply a few quick wipes. once you have the color well blended an application of some wiping poly will protect it. I normally do 4 to 5 coats of wiping poly when finishing my custom furniture...near the end the process I will smooth the coats with some 320 grit paper. This smooths the fine "dust nibs" that develop through the process. A week or so after the final coat a paste wax is applied. I normally used the Satin version of Minwax's wiping poly. For really high end work I will used Tried and True Varnish Oil...which in applied many hand rubbed coats. For future care...keep the misses and her harsh Chemicals away.

    q furniture finish, cleaning tips, painted furniture, Custom Walnut desk finished with wiping poly
  • Mcgypsy9
    on Feb 3, 2015

    Don J did you ever get this table with the nail polish remover fixed? If so what did you end up doing with it?

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