How do you remove white marks from a mahogany dining table?

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Forum topic by joseph000 posted 507 days ago 793 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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We bought a second-hand dining table which has a mahogany finish. It has some scratches and some white marks on it but I do not know how to make it look better. Can you help?

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#1 posted 507 days ago


A bit more detailed info would help everyone out here a bunch.
Is the table it’s self Mahogany, or is it a Mahogany ‘finish’?
Is the table top solid, or plywood(can sometimes be hard to tell with an uneducated eye)
How deep are the scratches? Are they below the existing finish? Any torn fibers in the wood it’s self?
Can you tell what the ‘white marks’ are(vague guess) Paint? Maybe a white clouding type of mark?

Also, do you know where the table originated from? Handmade? Antique? Bigbox?

Sorry for all the questions, but the more info you give, the better people will be able to help you.

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#2 posted 506 days ago

I’m guessing the finish is shellac?

I’ve had good luck using a soft cloth and a paste of baking soda and traditional beeswax / lemon oil furniture polish to polish out such.

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#3 posted 506 days ago

A picture would help.

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