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Table top stain

Posted by andrew987 (My Page) on
Sat, Dec 12, 09 at 10:17

Hi all,

I wonder if anyone can help and suggest a remedy to this situation?

There was some alcohol spilt on my table and it wasn't discovered for a little while. After cleaning it up, it's left a patch where it has clearly stripped away whatever finish was on it.

I have a manual that came with it that states "this product has been finished using natural materials". I'm not sure on the type of wood however.

If anyone can suggest a way I can fix this then I would be very grateful.

Thanks in advance


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RE: Table top stain

Shellac is what was used if alcohol caused the problem.

The fix will be relatively easy. Simply apply more shellac. Shellac is a self disolving finish. The new will partially dissolve the old and blend together.

Now, of course it is not as simply as painting on more shellac. Shellac is very fast drying and difficult to apply evenly using a brush(Do NOT use foam brushes! Shellac will partially disolve the foam).

The best DIY method is to apply shellac with a lint free rag. That means the shellac must be thinned by adding denatured alcohol.

You can buy shellac in home improvement stores, but check the manuf. dates, since the normal shelf life for most shellacs is about 3 years.

In your picture, I would say the shellac is blond(white) rather than orange.

You can get a quart of blond shellac, a quart of alcohol, a soft rag(several), and some 0000 steel wool(or the plastic variety).

Even if you make mistakes, you can just get more alcohol and remove the mistakes and try again.


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