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Forum topic by Handtooler posted 12-18-2012 08:40 PM 870 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Handtooler

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12-18-2012 08:40 PM

LJers, I possess a Pub Table of yesteryear. I’m unsure if the finish was a varnish shellac or some other concoction of finish. I’ve cleaned it well with 000 steel wool and Murphey’s soap. It has numberous white and geay rings left from glasses during its previous days of daily use.

Please advise on how best or easiest to remove water spots and rings left by glasses from furniture. I’ve seen:

Tip 1 Mix Mayonaise and ashes into a paste and smear on leave over night or up to 48 hours and wipe off.

2nd tip Mix baking soda and olive oil into a semi-thick paste and smear on, leave 10 to 15 minutes and wipe off with clean dry cloth.

If imediate water ring heat a damp rag with a iron apply and wipe off applying a furniture polish immediately.

Any suggestions from you experienced professionals will be appreciated.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com


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REO

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#1 posted 12-18-2012 08:56 PM

test somewhere inconspicuous first to see if the finnish will take it. rubbing alcohol. the ring is from moisture trapped in the finish the alcohol under the right circumstances remove it.

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SCOTSMAN

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#2 posted 12-18-2012 09:00 PM

I sent this tip to someone before and it works, apply oil to the spot add a piece of brown paper though white would do. Go over it with a reasonably hot iron keeping it moving and the water gets drawn into the paper and the oil into the wood.It works great everytime try it you’ll be pleased you did. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Handtooler

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#3 posted 12-18-2012 09:31 PM

I understand these tips, but the stains/spots have been there at least 20 years. Are they still fresh enough to consider that you are removing water? I know of alcohols affinity for dampness and water. I really hate to try to strip and refinish this furniture as the legs are deeply carved 5 X 5” units.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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SCOTSMAN

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#4 posted 12-18-2012 09:33 PM

It should still work as far as I know. Have fun.Alistair ps I have never know this not to work.

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Clint Searl

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#5 posted 12-18-2012 09:38 PM

Do it right. Strip it, sand out the rings if necessary, and refinish.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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Don W

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#6 posted 12-18-2012 09:43 PM

I know you didn’t ask and maybe you don’t care, but thought I’d throw it out there. Stripping it and removing the rings will decrease the value if its an antique pub table.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Handtooler

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#7 posted 12-18-2012 09:47 PM

Don W That’s kinda where I was coming from. Thanks to all. I’ll certainly try the oil trick. I suppose any vegetable oil will do, not just olive oil?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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Don W

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#8 posted 12-18-2012 09:50 PM

my point was, even just removing the rings could reduce the value. Key word ”could”.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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crank49

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#9 posted 12-18-2012 09:58 PM

I would suggest that the finish is not likely to be shellac due to the fact it was in a bar, and shellac is dissolved by alcohol. I wouldn’t use shellac in my bar, unless top coated with something else; which is entirely possible..

Also, if it was shellac alone, the rings would have gone away by themselves because water can evaporate through shellac.

Therefore, the oil/heat treatment seems reasonable.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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Handtooler

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#10 posted 12-18-2012 10:48 PM

Thank you Crank and again Don.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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Clint Searl

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#11 posted 12-19-2012 03:37 AM

The pittance it’s worth ain’t gonna be any less if it’s refinished unless Shakespeare wrote a sonnet on it.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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bluekingfisher

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#12 posted 12-19-2012 08:08 AM

Found this on our UK WW forum.

http://bit.ly/VdrX7z

Good luck

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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