Asked on Oct 22, 2017

Antique wood coffee table damaged



Cleaning up last Christmas three pine scented sticks for imitation trees were placed on the table for an unkown period of time. The chemical ate through the polished surface and left these marks. Olive oil and olive oil and vinegar have not helped. Does anyone know if it is possible to diminish the damage without stripping and refinishing ?
One mark is toward the top of photo the others are not as significant but deeper. The carton these sticks came in is marked not to leave on wood, but my helper didn't know that. Thank you
6 answers
  • Cynthia H
    on Oct 22, 2017

    Essential oils (the type you put reeds) in will lift a finish the same way, I'm sorry to say. If it's all the way through the finish, you could try blending it in with a repair kit like these:
  • Bobbie
    on Oct 22, 2017

    It was probably a scented diffuser type oil that did the damage.. I really don't know of any quick easy repair for that damage You may have to redo the whole top..

  • William
    on Oct 22, 2017

    Minwax Stain Markers and/or Minwax Blend-fil pencils. Come in a variety of wood tones. Available at Hime Depot, Lowes, and Menard's.
    • D
      on Oct 22, 2017

      Hmm! I had not thought of those! We have one for our engineered wood floor and they do the trick. Thank you for the suggestion, I'll look for that crayon now.
  • Ebbjdl
    on Oct 22, 2017

    Old English has a product that is called Old English, that comes in two stain finishes. Light and dark, you need dark and light. You drop a few drops from the bottle, on the scratch line in the table. Rub it into the scratch until the scratch disappears. The wood will be wet,let it sit for t least 2 hrs, then wipe with paper towel until the paper towel comes up clean, you'll need a few wipes
    Use dark for the dark wood, and light for the light wood. Don't spread it too far from the scratch, or it will change the color of the table. Good Luck!
  • Soy2233328
    on Oct 23, 2017

    If the spots are smooth; try the meat from a walnut. Just break off a piece of nut and with your thumb, firmly rub the piece of not onto the flaws. This is great for fixing scratches and should work well on a marred finish. It is cheap, simple and does a good job. It s an old woodworkers trick. Good luck.
  • Soy2233328
    on Oct 23, 2017

    If the walnut doesn’t work, look for a refinisher by Formsby. It will reliqufy the finish only in the area you apply it so you can work some of the old finish into the bare areas. Use it sparingly so you can spread the dirt in the old finish so it will cover in the right color. A piece of wood furniture darkens with age due to dust settling into the finish, so don’t ever strip it. Even a refinished product will lighten it if you work it too much, so Usa gentle hand.
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