How I Removed a Huge Water Stain On Wood

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You do NOT have to completely refinish a piece if there is damage over the years on one area.. let me show you how I fixed this huge water mark on an antique coffee table.

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I had a good customer drop off her antique coffee table that had this happen to. However hers also involved a large metal tray that when moved left large black water damaged rings.

Time to bring out the big guns; AKA my Dewalt orbital sander and 80 grit paper.

The sanding also reveals deep gouges over the years of use. This antique coffee table was refinished years ago by the owner so this is not the original finish.

Patience is the key to sanding and going thru many grits. After over 3 hours I had it down to the smooth bare wood.

Wanting to match the existing base yet keep an antique finish I chose  Fusion Stain & Finishing Oil in cappuccino to seal the wood and give a lovely satin sheen top. I apply with a blue shop towel in a gloved hand.

I wanted to do the next coat in natural  Fusion Stain & Finishing Oil but it has been backordered for awhile now so I went with another coat of cappuccino. Each coat will deepen the color and add more protection.

Just look how it enriches this amazing wood grain.

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  • Ticia Ticia on Jul 28, 2021

    Came out beautiful. Any suggestions for removing a water ring from a marble table? Didn't know the plant tray was leaking and it's quite large. Thanks.


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