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Removing Oil Stain From Wood Tabletop

Posted by totallyconfused (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 23, 10 at 14:41

Hello everyone. I posted this on the furniture forum, but thought I might try here as well. My sister was visiting recently and she put several scratches in my new coffee table by sliding a box across it. I had read somewhere recently that walnut meat could be used to hide minor scratches so, silly me, I decided to try it. Not only did it not cover the scratches, it left an oily residue everywhere I rubbed it. Does anyone know if there is a way to remove the oily streaks, or at least blend them in? I've been thinking of getting some orange oil or similar furniture polish and coating the entire tabletop with it, but I'm hesistant to do anything else without some guidance for fear of making the problem worse. BTW, I don't have any idea what the finish is. The table is Tango by Ethan Allen if anyone is familiar with it.

Any suggestions will be much appreciated.

Totally Confused


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RE: Removing Oil Stain From Wood Tabletop

Paint thinner and a lot of paper towels.


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RE: Removing Oil Stain From Wood Tabletop

Thanks for what sounds like a helpful suggestion. Will paint thinner damage the original finish? I don't want to make things worse than they already are.

Totally Confused


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RE: Removing Oil Stain From Wood Tabletop

Mineral spirits (paint thinner) is safe for almost all finishes. Lacquers and shellac need a stronger solvent, and varnishes and oil finishes have chemically polymerized and are not affected by the thinner, which even is liquid form is a "thinner" and not a "solvent."

The only thing I've seen OMS ever not do well on is some cheap Asian "rustic" furniture that seemed to be finished with thinned down roofing tar that was mopped on.

But to be sure, test rub on the back or underside before starting out front and center.


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