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Repair Mahogany Veneer
Wendy Miller
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July 27, 2013 - 10:58 am
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I am seeking advice on the best way to repair my dining room table. It is part of set purchased at an estate sale in 1985. The top is mahogany veneer – but has maintained its sheen and finish very well over the years. Recently one of my family members (who shall remain nameless) put a tablecloth on without the pads. A casual dinner on paper plates with a hot entree damaged the surface of the table through the cloth. I now have 4 whitish spots where the plates sat.

When I first purchased the table (yes, 27 years ago) it was damaged during delivery – the delivery company sent a man out with a kit – he repaired it on site and flawlessly. Any hope of finding that kind of service?

Thank you! I joined this forum specifically to get help with this – I am not an amateur refinisher or hobbyist – but would really appreciate help from the experts!

August 5, 2013 - 12:58 pm
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As a rule a white or grayish-white mark is a sign of moisture trapped in a finish. Try the following in the following sequence:

1) Rub some olive oil over the spot, let sit for 5 minutes, and then wipe off. If this works, go to #5 below.

2) Hair dryer turned to “Low” blown over spot from about 6″ for about 1 minute. Then wait a minute and see if any improvement. If there is, repeat steps, but don’t have blower over spot for more than 2 mins. Then wait 5 – 10 mins. If this works, great, go to 5. If not go to 3.

3) Take some rubbing alcohol and rub on the side of a leg. If finish comes off or gets sticky, go to 4. If not, dampen a soft cloth with the alcohol and rub over the milky area using a side to side motion. Be sure not to “stop”, and each past should begin with an air plane taking off the runway motion. This will take a number of attempts, but you should see improvement. If so, keep it up, then go to 5. If not go to 4 OR follow the same procedure using Howard Products Restor A Finish. Use the instruction provided with the Restor A Finish by Howard Products. If this works, follow up with Howards Paste Wax or Feed N Wax.

4) GENTLY rub the rings with 0000 grade steel wool. It may take a few passes, but it should work. What you are doing is removing some of the finish so that the moisture will evaporate. After your first pass (2 -3 rubs), wait a 1/2 hour to measure result before making add’l passes. When done, repeat the same process, this time using Lemon Oil as a lubricant (or Howard Products Restor A Shine for a higher gloss) and rub this over the entire surface area to bring back and even out the sheen. You may want to consider rubbing out the entire table at this point to even out the sheen so that the repair area isn’t as noticeable. Then go to 5 If needed. 

5) Get a good paste wax, and apply to the entire surface. Not only will this brighten the surface, but it adds a little bit of extra, short-term protection.

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Wendy Miller
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August 6, 2013 - 1:35 am
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Thank You !!!!!!!!   Smile

January 5, 2017 - 9:31 am
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