Linda
Linda
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  • San Benito, TX
Asked on Oct 1, 2017

Water damage, can this be restored to the original finish?

KimBetsySharon
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q water damage can this be restored to the original finish
8 answers
  • Jma30111239
    on Oct 1, 2017

    yes

  • Doanie
    on Oct 1, 2017

    You can strip it, and it, stain it with a similar stain (match the stain before you start), then use polyurethane varnish in a satin finish (several light coats applied with a soft applicator) or use several layers of tung oil applied with cloth and then rotten stone for a hand rubbed finish. It will look perfect again.

    • Linda
      on Oct 2, 2017

      Thanks for your reply. I am new to this and am not sure exactly what you mean by ”strip”. Would that be sanding, or using a chemical? What exactly is “rotten stone”? Also, should I do the whole area or just the damaged apart?
  • Sharon
    on Oct 1, 2017

    I would get a belt sander if you are just going to repair this area, get the hand belt sander, you can rent this at an equipment rental shop or home depot.
    Sand with the grain using a couple different grits, . Use wood bleach on any dark spots until it lightens to the shade of the floor, wipe clean with a damp cloths. Use a matching stain if needed.
    Then try to match the finish.... from what I can see, you want a non-yellowing satin finish? or maybe semi-gloss if the floors are very shiney,
    • Linda
      on Oct 2, 2017

      This is actually a desk. I tried polishing with Scotts Liquid Gold, but it didn’t really help. The old varnish has flaked and pealed in some areas. Also, some lifting and warping in the seems.
  • Ken
    on Oct 2, 2017

    Sorry, I'm still looking at the photo which appears to show oak wood, but what is it?
    • Linda
      on Oct 2, 2017

      It is a desk and I’m not sure what the wood is. Here is another photo. I cleaned it with Scott’s Liquid Gold an while I was wiping, the finish flaked and came off in so places. Also, some of the areas have lifted up (warped). Any advice is appreciated.
  • Debbie Leonard
    on Oct 2, 2017

    I'm kinda lazy, but the two products I would try to use would be mayonnaise, let it sit for a while , then rub in circles. Or, my favorite quick fix for woods scratches, Scotts liquid Gold !

    • Linda
      on Oct 2, 2017

      I tried the Scotts Liquid Gold, but it really didn’t help. The old finish if flaking and some of it came off while I was polishing. Also the the damaged areas have some warping and I can feel slight separation in the seems. I’m afraid I may need a professional. ☹️
  • Sharon
    on Oct 2, 2017

    Liquid Gold is really only good for unfinished wood. I would still sand with an orbital sander or a sanding block, start with 80 grit to get the finish off, and work to 120 grit, restain with a matching color if necessary, then add a top coat that matches the rest of the piece, satin or semi-gloss, or a wax finish after you put a top coat, buff off with steel wool 00, and then use a 000 steel wool pad with paste wax and work into the top to seal it.
  • Betsy
    on Oct 2, 2017

    I agree with Sharon, to restore this correctly. What is this? a door, a table, etc.
  • Kim
    on Oct 3, 2017

    That looks like veneer to me, not solid wood at all. You could sand that off and buy new veneer at Home Depot or Lowe's. Cut and piece as you like but you'd have to put a whole lot of polyurethane on it. You could do it.
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