Suggestions on how to repair the finish on this water-damaged jewelry box?

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Forum topic by Randy_ATX posted 322 days ago 755 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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A friend discovered water damage on this. Yikes. I’m not sure of the existing finish on it. Thank you for any suggestions.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#1 posted 321 days ago

Can you post some detail photos?

-- Cabinetmaker, student of restoration

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#2 posted 321 days ago


It’s hard to tell from the pictures; does it look like most of the discoloration (black) is on the surface or has it penetrated the finish? It almost looks like mold from the pictures.

I would probably start with cleaning the finish with Naptha. You can find this in your big box stores, hardware stores or a paint store like Sherwin Williams.

Naptha should not bother the finish, but I would try it on a small area on the bottom first to make sure. I would probably use the Naptha with #0000 steel wool to clean the entire surface.

Then you should be able to tell how much damage was done to the actual finish and if it pentetrated all the way through to the wood.

If it’s damaged the finish, then about your only option will be to strip the old finish off completely and go back with a new finish.

If it’s damaged the wood or discolored the wood in any way, you will have to deal with that once you get it stripped.

See what you find after you clean it and see send some new pictures showing more of the details of the damage.

Good luck and look forward to seeing how you make out.

-- John @

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#3 posted 321 days ago

Looks like mold as huff said. It appear to be above the finish. A mild solution of bleach and water might do the job.


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