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08-05-2008 01:37 AM

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We went camping for a couple of weeks, and just returned. My wife decided to buy herself a new memory-foam pillow for the bedroom before we left, and use the old one exclusively in the camper. The first night home, she noticed that the finish on our 34-year-old headboard was ‘sticky’ and indeed, only in a swath where the new pillow was within 6 inches of the headboard, on her side. The finish is so softened in that area that you could probably scrape it off down to bare wood with your fingernail.
Now, I know about ‘outgassing’, the possibly toxic and/or carcinogenic properties of foams, flame retardants and other chemicals used in the manufacture of home furniture, but I’ve never heard of foam rubber deteriorating the integrity of an old finish.
Now that the new pillow is out on the porch where it can outgas all it wants, how do I best restore the finish of the headboard? I’d hate have to strip the whole thing. I recall ‘surface amalgamators’ from decades ago, but haven’t seen them in the stores lately.
Anyone have experience with successfully rescuing a old finish that has been compromised?

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Zuki

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#1 posted 08-05-2008 01:46 AM

oh my. imagine sleeping on that thing.

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#2 posted 08-05-2008 01:50 AM

Yeah….this pillow came from a store like IKEA, mostly imported goods. You’d think that home furnishings in this day and age would be more benign…..
Hope some refinishing experts weigh in with some advice!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 08-05-2008 02:07 AM

Well If you ask me. I would call up the manufacture or the seller and ask him to pay for the refinishing of the bed. And put it writing what happened. This could be a long term thing for your wife. My wife has lung cancer and its not fun. I’m not trying to scare you but stuff happens. This is not just your bed but 100’s or 1000’ of beds and families. Do the right thing.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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poopiekat

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#4 posted 08-05-2008 02:26 AM

Thanks, Domenic.
Luckily, we were not home and not subjected to the toxins so much.
Sorry to hear about your wife’s condition.
I presented this story in hopes of some refinishing advice from an expert.
Litigation or compensation is an avenue I will consider in other venues.

Let’s hope for your wife’s full recovery.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#5 posted 08-05-2008 02:42 AM

I do a lot of refinishing and i guess i would remove all the parts to ‘cornoers’ or edges. For instance If i had a desk that was damaged on the bottom 6 inches i would remove finish on the entirety of the sides and all drawer fronts damaged as well as any framing uip to the top. It all sucks and it can be a lot of work but i find the end result is always more satisfactory. There is really no easy way to do it other then the long way if the piece is worth it.

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#6 posted 08-05-2008 03:03 AM

don’t skimp and try to just refinish one area it will never match. sand the whole thing down, and redo it, it will take longer but look alot better.

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#7 posted 08-05-2008 03:32 AM

I wonder what that pillow would have done to your face/brain if it was off gassing enough to take a finish off wood..old or not! That is scary…it’s a good thing she didn’t sleep on it!

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#8 posted 08-05-2008 03:58 AM

If it’s the pillow that caused that problem, I’d get rid of the pillow… period. NO amount of airing out would make me comfortable enough to use it.

I’d suggest waiting a few days for whatever outgassed from the pillow to outgas again from the finish on the headboard. Best case scenario is that whatever solvent caused the issue will dissipate and things return to as close to normal. If a volatile organic compound (VOC) in a gaseous state caused the issue, I’d expect the finish to dry out.

You may have already covered this thought, but are you sure it’s the new pillow that’s responsible?

I ask because I’ve never heard of a finish solvent softening from a gas… and you certainly would have noticed if the pillow was dripping. It will be hard to fix the finish if you don’t know the cause.

Something from my experience is that the hand cremes or skin conditioners that I’ve used on my hands had a similiar finish softening and color change from built up oil that caused a reaction on one of my headboards (because I had a tendacy to wrap my arms over my head / pillow while sleeping.)

Hope you find the answer. Please keep us posted.

Q

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