removing/covering up water stains on unfinished oak wood

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Forum topic by jpe76 posted 06-14-2014 02:34 AM 1179 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-14-2014 02:34 AM

I just purchased a bunch of unfinished oak raised panel cabinet doors that were in a stack that must have been outside and not totally protected from the elements. Many of them have water stains around the edges and some have obvious stains on the front and back. What if anything can be done to either remove the water stain or properly seal the doors so they can be painted. I plan on repurposing the doors and making various craft items out of them.
Thanks in advance for any help.

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#1 posted 06-14-2014 11:26 AM

Wouldn’t the water stains sand out pretty easily?

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#2 posted 06-14-2014 12:42 PM

I agree. It’s probably just superficial mineral deposits.

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#3 posted 06-14-2014 02:05 PM

& if you’ll paint, your prime coat should cover

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#4 posted 06-14-2014 02:08 PM

Try some lemon juice.

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#5 posted 06-15-2014 12:23 AM

Thanks for the responses. I haven’t had a chance to try anything yet, but will try all of your suggestions!

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#6 posted 06-15-2014 07:08 AM

Oxalic acid is supposed to remove black water stains from oak. You can buy it as crystals, or boil up some rhubarb leaves to make your own. Don’t let the dog drink the water.

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