Karen Fox
Karen Fox
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  • Beverly Hills, FL
Asked on Oct 4, 2017

Remove stain from white mantel. Nothing seems to work.

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  • Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 4, 2017

    do you have idea of what kind of stain
  • Sharon
    on Oct 4, 2017

    What is the mantel made of? and do you know what the stain is?
    • Karen Fox
      on Oct 4, 2017

      mantle is particle board. the stain was where my sister hade set 2 battery candles on the mantle. They had been in the car. Don't know if they were warm, when she did it. The stain is not even the same color as the candles, but they are the perfect circles of the candles. tried goof off, and some other cleaners. Now the finish is going to be ruined, as it is a little rough now, from trying to get the stain out. The finish looks to be an enamel or semi gloss. Fireplace is big and beautiful. Hate that the stains are there.
  • Fauxgal
    on Oct 4, 2017

    You can try a paste of Oxyclean. Leaving it for hours or overnight, and refreshing the paste in the mornings, until gone.
  • Ken
    on Oct 4, 2017

    The key is of what kind of material is the mantel made. Second, what is the nature of the stain?
    • Karen Fox
      on Oct 4, 2017

      The stain was from where my sister set 2 battery candles on the mantle, that she brought in from her car. The nstain isn't eve33n the same color as the candles, but there are 2 perfect circles on the mantle. The candles looked fine on the bottom.
  • Ken
    on Oct 4, 2017

    Especially since you said that the area is looking rough it looks like it's time to sand, prime, and paint. Anything wet that you put on it will make it worse.

    So much easier than trying to get a stain out of natural marble, which is what I was envisioning.
  • Ken
    on Oct 5, 2017

    My guess is that batteries in the candles might have been leaking and the acidic contents destroyed the paint. I try to view every disaster as an opportunity. You could consider a new color. My paint preference for this kind of project is Rustoleum's Painter's Touch. Or if the design of the mantle and your skills permit, adding a piece of hardwood like oak or cherry as an overlay on top.
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