How do I restore the shine to this table?

by Kathy
I scratched the finish of this table when I used a scrubby to get a sticker off. You can see a dull spot toward the upper right corner of the lower table surface in the photos.
Does anyone know what I should do to get the shine back? I tried 409 and Orange Glo and they made it worse. Thanks!
This photo shows how shiny the rest of the table is compared to the damaged area.
  27 answers
  • MM MM on Sep 25, 2016
    Perhaps a small amount of a shiny varnish or sealer to match the rest of the shine? But very lightly so it blends in well
  • Sandra. Jackson Sandra. Jackson on Sep 25, 2016
    Best thing to do is give it a slight rub down then give it a couple of coats of clear varnish.
  • Mary Mary on Sep 25, 2016
    This is what I use to clean all my wood furniture, I make a big bottle and keep it handy, is super easy just mix toguether; 1/2-Cup Olive oil, 2-Cups White vinegar and 1/8 -Cup Lemon juice. Mix all into bottle and shake very well. Use a microfiber cloth or rag and rub onto your furniture, go with the grain and evenly, if you are not sure try half of my measurements first and apply little by little, the table is beautiful don't apply paint or harsh chemical to it. Let us know how it goes
  • Quilter2 Quilter2 on Sep 25, 2016
    It looks like Arborite to me not wood.
  • May May on Sep 25, 2016
    Paste wax. Apply a thin coat.....and buff well.
    • See 1 previous
    • May May on Sep 25, 2016
      Kathy - My reply shows up further down for some reason, so check below.
  • Lim_shipley Lim_shipley on Sep 25, 2016
    Minwax makes a dark color furniture wax that will work
  • VM Price VM Price on Sep 25, 2016
    Have you tried Amish Wood Milk? But then I think someone mentioned it's not wood so maybe a spray coat of varnish might work.
  • William William on Sep 25, 2016
    Looks like laminate! Paste wax would work like May suggests. In the future, use Goo Gone or WD40 to remove stickers.
    • IFortuna IFortuna on Sep 26, 2016
      Olive oil and Orange Glo work well too. I use them both to remove stickers from almost anything. I even use Orange Glo on my stove top to clean it. : )
  • Judie Greenthal Judie Greenthal on Sep 25, 2016
    I used peanut butter on one of my old tables years ago and that worked really well for me. Just take a small amount, rub it in, let it sit for about an hour and wipe clean. Something about the natural oil???
  • Chuck Chuck on Sep 25, 2016
    Is it actually wood or a formica laminate? If wood I use fine grit steel wool and old English, let dry do another wipe let dry and buff
  • Ann R.McDermand Ann R.McDermand on Sep 25, 2016
    I worked in a small
  • Linda Linda on Sep 25, 2016
    Mayonnaise, put on damaged area, let it absorb as much as it can then wipe off. May take several tries but usually works
  • Peanut butter, mayonaise, Old English or Scott's Liquid Gold. Hope this gives you some ideas! Good luck. Cute table, I am looking for something similar myself. Certainly worth saving!
  • Bart Petrosky Bart Petrosky on Sep 25, 2016
    I have used lemon oil spray. It works great.
  • Kathy Kathy on Sep 25, 2016
    I think it may be a laminate over wood. It actually looks like a resin layer on top of the wood. I was not familiar with Arborite but I looked it up and it could be. In any case I think I need to use something clear to try to restore that area to look like the rest. I may try the paste wax.
  • May May on Sep 25, 2016
    Kathy - That sounds right. Trewax, Johnson and Minwax are all good brands which are not too hard to find, and Home Depot probably carries them. If you want to know more about paste wax to make sure it is what you are looking for, you may check it out on google. Two things that I have learned when I used it is that 1) let it dry for several minutes after applying it, and 2) have a soft cloth or something similar that you can buff it with. If you have something that buffs a car, that would work fine. The more you buff, the better the shine.
  • Jennie Lee Jennie Lee on Sep 25, 2016
    Exactly what I came here to say! I want everyone to see how much better Johnson's paste wax made my range and range hood look, but I have no "before" photos. It had been scrubbed so much, the hood, especially, had no shine left. Totally matte. It made me cringe to see it, let alone touch it! And I felt guilty, too, because as a teen, I was one of the over-enthusiastic scrubbers. Now they shine like a new car, and feel so smoooooth!
  • Debbie Kuhar Debbie Kuhar on Sep 26, 2016
    I did the same thing, used same products. no luck at all. But good luck, hope you get an answer.
  • Julanne Sharrow Julanne Sharrow on Sep 26, 2016
    Next time, use mineral spirits to get rid of gooey messes, pine pitch, oil. If the table is laminate, using an oil will leave a film, I'd clean it, give it a coat of poly.
  • RichandTammy Whiteside RichandTammy Whiteside on Sep 26, 2016
    You're probably going to have to do a little color matching before you can restore the shine to the area. Because your tables look like they might be epoxy or polyurethane on top of laminate, you might want to try Dutch Glow Scratch aide or this "Trade Secret Scratch Remover" which I found at To be honest, it looks like it might be similar to Old English so I would compare composition and price before making a final decision. Both of these look like they might help. Good luck!
  • B J  Alexis B J Alexis on Sep 26, 2016
    I have used just plain vaseline ointment, rubbed into the surface with a clean soft cloth.
  • Crazy4coke52 Crazy4coke52 on Sep 26, 2016
    My first piece of advice(all though after the fact) is use W D-40 whenever you remove stickers from any surface. To address the restoration of shine, a light coat of varnish or clear coat will probably be the best bet. It looks like an old laminate table so clear coat i probable the way to go. Good luck. Hope this helps.
  • 3cookies 3cookies on Sep 26, 2016
    Scott's liquid gold furniture polish :)
  • Marlene Wojciechowski Marlene Wojciechowski on Sep 29, 2016
    This has worked for me in the past . Put some mayonnaise on your fingers and apply to area let set for 15 min. then remove with a dry cloth or paper towel.
  • Kathy Kathy on Nov 07, 2016
    I tried the mayonnaise but that didn't work. I finally bought some Minwax Paste Finishing Wax (Natural) and that did the trick! Thanks to everyone for your suggestions.
  • Mary Mary on Nov 10, 2016
    You are welcome :-)