Water damage on wood trim

Zoe52December 1, 2007

We have some stained oak wood trim that was installed during a remodel in our bathroom that surrounds our mirrors. I have some water damage on them and was wondering how we could repair this ourselves as we will be selling our home this spring.

I figure I have to sand it down. But do I need to restain with oak? What should I use as a top coat? I don't know what is on there now. (All the cabinets were done custom by a cabinet maker and he is no longer around)

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bobismyuncle

Define "some water damage."

Put the sandpaper away for a while. There may be less aggressive solutions.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2007 at 1:50PM
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Zoe52

It mostly is just that the finish looks worn off. Discolored .. maybe the finish is worn off. The water damage only affects the surface not the wood itself. Is that what you were looking for?

    Bookmark   December 1, 2007 at 3:30PM
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kudzu9

zoe52-
Has the wood darkened/blackened where the water has gotten to it? That will affect the answer...

    Bookmark   December 1, 2007 at 3:58PM
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HandyMac

Sand the damaged spots and use a varnish----the builder may have used lacquer or varnish, depending on his preferrences and how long ago it was built.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2007 at 12:35AM
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Zoe52

The wood was originally stained oak and has lightened and is splotchy but not darkened. The remodel was done about 12 years ago.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2007 at 2:52PM
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bobismyuncle

What Handymac says.

Before you do that, clean thoroughly.

To get a preview of what it will look like with varnish added, wipe with a mineral spirits (paint thinner) dampened pad. This will give you a good idea of what it will look like with just a top coat. You can then decide if you need to do any color work.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2007 at 5:08PM
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Zoe52

Thanks for the help! It looks like something that I can handle without hiring someone else.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2007 at 6:34PM
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