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Forum topic by rdinman posted 06-02-2011 10:15 PM 1167 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-02-2011 10:15 PM

I have a dining room table that is over 20 years old. The finish seems to be sticky in some areas, as if someone had spilled something. I can’t seem to get the stickiness off the table. What might be causing it, and what can I do about it? Could it be the finish?

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#1 posted 06-02-2011 10:54 PM

Have any idea what kind of finish is on it?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 06-02-2011 11:09 PM

If it is knotty pine sap can over time push up through the finish.A hot pan on a finish can also cause this to happen.

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#3 posted 06-02-2011 11:59 PM

It looks like oak or an oak veneer. It was bought from the furniture department of a department store at least 20 years ago. I’m not sure what kind of finish is on it. Would it need to be sanded and refinished?

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#4 posted 06-03-2011 12:14 AM

Do us a favor and use a small cotton ball and put some lacquer thinner. Rub on the side. If its tacky its lacquer.
If not it can be oil based varnish or water based varnish.

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#5 posted 06-03-2011 01:07 AM

It might be buildup of furniture polish. I’ve seen similar things on furniture “cleaned” with “Liquid Gold”.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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