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Forum topic by Mrsvwal posted 02-21-2015 12:25 AM 996 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mrsvwal

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02-21-2015 12:25 AM

So, I bought this vintage buffet, turned it into a vanity, and LOVED it.

However, I think the cleaners wiped something off with a cleaner that ate the finish/color… (see middle drawer)

Its veneer though..
How can I fix this?!?
SOMEBODY HELP ME! :(


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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 02-21-2015 12:58 AM

What cleaner?
Try Howards Restore-A-Finish.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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ElChe

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#2 posted 02-21-2015 03:45 AM

What cleaner +1. Also what’s the finish?

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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Mrsvwal

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#3 posted 02-21-2015 01:13 PM

I’m pretty sure she dropped some windex from the sink, I can’t see her using anything else near it..
So must have been the ammonia.
I’m not sure of the finish.. I know there is no topcoat on it..

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ChefHDAN

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#4 posted 02-21-2015 02:10 PM

I’ve had a few pieces that my wife or I find in second hand or garage sales that are usually cheap but have messed up tops. I don’t profess this to be the “be all end all” solution but if something can be “fixed” with a simple “hack” idea before major processes of refinishing I try to take the simple route, because I’m really deep down kinda lazy. So, that said, mayonnaise will take out rings from furniture surfaces, as well as petroleum jelly, or the Old English lemon oil works sometimes too. Has something to do with the oils replacing the product causing the white.

Call me crazy, I promise you won’t be the first, but you’re going to look in your fridge and maybe wonder if it’s worth a little finger smudge of mayo to see if it works, and close the door if you’ve got a dog or cat,

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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Garbanzolasvegas

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#5 posted 02-21-2015 05:46 PM

-- If you don't Play, you can't win

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ElChe

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#6 posted 02-21-2015 06:56 PM

If it is an original finish then it is likely either shellac or lacquer. Get some denatured alcohol and see if a drop or two on a cutip softens the finish. If so it is shellac. If not then try the same with lacquer thinner. If finish softens then it is lacquer. Not sure how to test for varnish. If the veneer was stained and the ammonia took off the finish then a closely matching gel stain might work. If you can get the stain close then lightly sand the entire veneer and give it a couple of coats with a spray can shellac or lacquer as the case may be. If it is a varnish I have no idea how to repair. I think you are right. That looks like ammonia damage. Good luck.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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Mrsvwal

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#7 posted 02-22-2015 01:29 AM

I can’t believe I’m saying this, becuase I thought you were nuts… But I tried the mayonnaise tip, and it WORKED! THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!!!

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ElChe

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#8 posted 02-22-2015 01:43 AM

If you rub some bread, tomato, bacon, and lettuce on your furniture you will have completed the famous BLT finish. Take a pic. I’d like to see how it turned out. Thx. Tom

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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mahdee

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#9 posted 02-22-2015 02:33 AM

real mayo is the combination of eggs and mostly oils whipped. Glad it worked for you.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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ChefHDAN

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#10 posted 02-24-2015 12:50 PM

LOL ElChe!!! making me hungry this early morning, love me a good blt

Mrsvwal, told ya I’ve been called crazy before, no worries, I only throw it out there because it does work sometimes and when it does it’s usually in this kind of situation where you’re looking at a boatload of work to repair a finish. I’d strongly suggest that after a week or so to let everything dry & reaclimate, that you either put 4 or 5 coats of wax on the entire vanity or consider a stronger protective finish, since wood and water really don’t care for each other.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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Tennessee

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#11 posted 02-24-2015 01:26 PM

Most mayo has as its number one ingredient some sort of vegetable oil, usually soy, or corn. What you’ve done is put an oil finish on your piece or furniture.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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