How to fix table damage?

by Dora

How to fix the mark on my table caused by something (Off bug repellent I think?) I accidentally sprayed on it. Photo not the best. I tried mayonnaise but that didn't work. Thanks.

  7 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Sep 15, 2018

    At this point may have to refinish. Can you put a runner over it?

  • Betty Albright-Bistrow Betty Albright-Bistrow on Sep 15, 2018

    I hope this can be of some help to you:

    All you need to do is take some baking soda and vinegar and make a wet paste.

    Paste it on the stain and let it dry completely. Next wipe the paste off, and get a clean rag that is soaked in hydrogen peroxide. Place the hydrogen peroxide soaked rag on the stain. This takes other stains out of wood, hopefully it will help you.

    Best wishes!

  • Dianna Williamson Dianna Williamson on Sep 16, 2018

    Try peanut butter. Spread on and leave on for 24 hours, then wipe off the next day

  • Ginny Ginny on Sep 16, 2018

    It appears the bug repellent left a whitish-stain. I would go to Home Depot & pick up

    oil stain . Choose a color “ lighter” than the original color wood ( but darker than the actual stain. ). Apply & leave overnight. Keep applying, (if needed ) until u get the right color that blends-into your furniture color. Good luck.

  • Chris Gignac Chris Gignac on Sep 16, 2018

    If bug spray repellent ate the Finish on your table. My conclusion is that it must be shellac, not polyurethane or varnish. Most bug sprays have an alcohol type base to allow them to dry faster once you spray them on your skin. Alcohol will dissolve shellac.

  • Nancy Gramm Nancy Gramm on Sep 29, 2018

    Try Howard's Restor a Finish. It's worked wonders for me. I have luscious golden oak cabinets in the kitchen and a matching entertainment cabinet in the living room (stained concrete floors) and found that, after 14 years of mopping those floors, the finish on the bases had deteriorated. After spending long hours on my knees, I was able to bring back that finish with Howard's. Restor a Finish comes in a number of colors: I've used the golden oak, pine, and walnut and all worked wonderfully. I bought mine at a True Value hardware store--less than $10 a can--but you can probably get it at Home Depot or Lowes.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on May 09, 2021

    Hi Dora, Restore-A-Finish works really well. Just wipe on with a soft cloth in direction of wood grain and wipe off with a 2nd dry cloth. It comes in colors to match most woods and costs around $9.00.