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Forum topic by lunn posted 09-11-2012 10:37 AM 975 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2012 10:37 AM

I’m refinishing a old rocking chair made of quarter sawn oak. The arms are flat and 4” wide. Problem is, where the finish was gone from the arms it has turned grey. Want to keep it as light as possible. Will bleach help? Unique rocker more like a throne than a rocker the whole thing is 4” wide, legs, back and all. Coil springs in the coushion and back. Leather seat and back.

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#1 posted 09-12-2012 08:40 PM

lunn, You can try a mild solution of bleach to see if that will remove the grey. Sounds like a combination of moisture and oil that pentrated the wood when the finish wore off. Water will turn oak black if left to penetrate the wood and generally bleach will not remove black rings. Oxalic acid usually does the trick to remove black rings. It doesn’t sound like yours is that bad.
When bleaching, just be careful not to let the bleach run over the edge and down the side of the furniture, it can leave a streak when it dries. Good luck.

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#2 posted 09-13-2012 01:14 AM

Sounds ugly. I’d hit the arms with two or three coats of rattle can spray paint in an interesting color to match or complement the leather.

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