Asked on Aug 18, 2013

Stain on oak table.

KMS WoodworksKathryn KellySpheramid Enterprises


Something too hot was placed onto my oak wood table. It turned the finish on the wood white. Have tried everything, including a light gage steel wool. Any ideas?
4 answers
  • Spheramid Enterprises
    on Aug 19, 2013

    First thing is determine what the finish is, age may help w/that. Is this new ? ( if so, think about warranty from the store/ins. claim, I did many of these for a 3rd party warranty repair service) and then, go from there. Shellac will react w/alcohol, varnish will not. Catalyzed lacquer requires a major fix if it is that, reg. nitro cel laq. doesn't. Mohawk finishing supplies makes a kit for this for professional fixes, but again, it depends on what the finish is, and over the web, it is real hard to advise, esp. w/out a pic. and more info.

  • Kathryn Kelly
    on Aug 19, 2013

    My mother and I have used Rotten Stone and Linseed oil. Takes a little elbow grease. I think you should be able to purchase the Rotten Stone and Linseed Oil at a hardware store-like True Value. If not, then look up on-line. We just use a rag to work it in, but follow directions.

  • Kathryn Kelly
    on Aug 19, 2013

    Here's something I found on the internet:

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Aug 19, 2013

    You can try some "white ring remover" if that does not do the trick you may need to bring in some pro help as @Spheramid Enterprises mentioned above. I have done some spot work with lacquered pieces as well and poly and shellac. You need to know what you have to proceed.

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