Return to the Woodworking Forum | Post a Follow-Up

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

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Removing Oil Stain From Wood Tabletop

Paint thinner and a lot of paper towels.

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

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.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Woodworking Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here