Table top blisters

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Forum topic by enaid posted 06-02-2015 01:00 PM 733 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-02-2015 01:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: blisters table top veneer top

I purchased a dining table 8 months ago. I bought a woven placemat to put on the center of the table. I don’t use this table often so I never moved the placemat until today. I was horrified to find that the woven placemat had left blisters where there were holes. How can I remove these from this table top?

Like I said, the table is only 8 months so I hate to have to get a new one.

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#1 posted 06-02-2015 02:07 PM

Hard to say. Are the blisters in the finish only or has the wood moved? Does the table get a lot of direct sunlight or is there a lot of seasonal change in humidity? Is the table veneered or solid wood (I’m guessing veneered)? What is the finish? You can tell the finish by dissolving a portion of it with denatured alcohol or with mineral spirits in a place that no one will see. Someone might have experience with this type of issue, but I think we’ll need more information to truly be able to help you.

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#2 posted 06-02-2015 02:10 PM

Looks like a chemical reaction from the “rubber” placemat and the finish. I am guessing lacquer finish on the table reacted to the plastic.


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#3 posted 06-02-2015 02:31 PM

Thanks for the replies.
The table does not get any direct sunlight. I’m guessing that the top is veneered. As for the finish, I have n o idea. The blisters are in the finish only. I think mrjinx007 you are correct in stating that the veneer reacted to the placemat. I’m worried now that this is not fixable and am throwing out the darn placemats.

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#4 posted 06-02-2015 04:36 PM

Someone set a hot pan on the placemat?

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#5 posted 06-02-2015 04:41 PM

pintodeluxe, nope! There was absolutely nothing setting on the placemat. When I removed the placemat the bubbles are exactly where the holes where in the woven mat :-( and the shape of the mat. It looks awful!!!

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#6 posted 06-02-2015 05:05 PM

I think mrjinx007 nailed it. I would try talking to the vendor that sold you the table. The fix is going to be a re-finish of the top, IMHO.

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#7 posted 06-02-2015 05:34 PM

jerryminer, the table (dining set) has been discontinued :-( so there is no one to contact.
I may have to check with my old contractor and see if maybe he can sand it down and then put a coating on it :-/. Thanks everyone.

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