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dunk

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02-22-2014 07:52 PM

Odd problem.
I have a head board made of solid Oak. Looks like clear lacquer finish not sure.
Here is the odd part. I’ve had this headboard since 1993 and this past week or so I’ve noticed it is getting tacky to the touch. Not just one spot but several places. Tacky enough that it is gathering fibers from my pillow & flannel sheets.

No food spilled nor drinks. Only ever used pledge or similar household products on it to clean and keep it from cracking. Any suggestions on how to remove the tackiness? I’ve tried mineral spirits, denatured alcohol, and my beeswax mineral oil but nothing makes the tackiness go away? I don’t really want to have to sand it down and re-finish it.

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#1 posted 02-22-2014 07:56 PM

I’m not sure how to solve your problem but if you can dissolve the finish w/ lacquer thinner then it is a lacquer finish. The first step to fixing it is finding out what you have. Use a small dab on the back or some other unseen part.

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#2 posted 02-22-2014 08:18 PM

Thanks for the advice. Tried the lacquer thinner. No change and did not affect existing finish. Tried denatured alcohol and made the matter worse, even more tacky.

What puzzles me is this is not a new finish. This is the existing finish from over 20 years ago. All of a sudden getting tacky. Mostly on the very top of the head board and on the sliding doors on the face of the head board. The side boards/support pieces are unaffected? The areas under the top board is unaffected as well. Inside the book case is unaffected so far.

-- When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to look like a nail.

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#3 posted 02-22-2014 08:46 PM

The tackiness could be buildup from the products you used to clean and wax it. Do not know what would
work best to clean them off. The places that are getting tacky seem to the those places that you would
tend to polish and wax the most. I have been known to be wrong once or twice.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 02-22-2014 09:30 PM

I started a thread ages ago about how a new orthopedic pillow made of space-age foam caused enough outgassing that it softened the finish on our very old headboard. Only in the proximity of the pillow did the finish soften and get tacky. Once we got rid of that pillow, the finish re-hardened and wasn’t tacky anymore, but it took a while, as I remember.

Here it is: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/4212

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#5 posted 02-22-2014 09:35 PM

wow, sleeping on a pillow that’s melting the bed. You can’t make this sh$t up! No wonder poopiekat’s hair is grey!

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#6 posted 02-22-2014 09:40 PM

Yeah, DonW, and I’m only in my 20’s (wink, nudge)

[Edit:] I’ll dig out that pillow, and set some plane totes and knobs on it for refinishing later!!!

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#7 posted 02-22-2014 09:43 PM

lol

Strip some paint while sleeping. Now that’s multitasking.

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poopiekat

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#8 posted 02-22-2014 09:52 PM

Don: Wonder if that pillow can remove rust, too?

Just asked the wife, the finish on that headboard is still not quite right. Almost not noticeable, except by touch, it’s not glossy smooth like the rest of the finish. Linens, sheets and blankets are sprayed or treated with all kinds of vile crap, to make them not flammable or to achieve other results for the consumer. Yeccch!

-- 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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#9 posted 02-22-2014 10:40 PM

WOW! Poopiekat, What did you do with the pillow? I would have saved it and put pieces in mole and rat tunnels to kill them off.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 02-22-2014 10:45 PM

My wife used tea to remove gooey tackiness from our kitchen chairs. It got tacky in the summer from sitting on them with sweaty shirts I guess. Worked pretty well.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#11 posted 02-22-2014 10:49 PM

Have you tried Naptha ?

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#12 posted 02-23-2014 12:52 AM

Topa, you crack me up! It would probably kill them if they ate the foam. The EPA would probably come after you, then, because of all the rotting carcasses…just sayin’.

BoT, I agree with A1Jim, naphtha would probably clean it up best. Be sure to have the windows open and no fireplace running when you do it. Another thing to try would be paste wax, like Johnson’s. That stuff will remove the residue from a price tag on plastic pretty nicely; maybe it will work here, too.

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#13 posted 02-23-2014 01:13 AM

Dark_Lightning, I was thinking more along the lines of a fumigant, but the EPA would be out either way, for sure ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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