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03-16-2015 02:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cherry tabletop finish wax question cherry finishing refurbishing traditional

So there was a water ring on my cherry table and tried to rub it out with old english. It says to moisturize and protect
But I think it removed some of the finish because it looks duller than the rest of the table! It looks like the wax is smeared or something. The water ring is still there too!!! I actually tried rubbing it with several different dry clothes and one with dish soap on it, and still looks dull. Have I actually stripped this tabletop and/or can I get that high shine back somehow? What would be best short of sanding the whole thing down?

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#1 posted 03-16-2015 03:22 PM

I have heard that a product called (strangely) “rottenstone” will do the trick. I think you probably have not removed the finish, just taken the gloss off of it. Aside from “rottenstone”, you might try 0000 steel wool, but you know, I really don’t know what I’m talking about, so you’d better wait for somebody know does.


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#2 posted 03-16-2015 03:50 PM

got a photo

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#3 posted 03-16-2015 04:11 PM

I listened to a podcast recently where they covered water rings and suggested it was just the wax top coat that was compromised. They recommended just trying to apply a new coat of wax. I haven’t had the opportunity to try it yet, but it’s worth a shot.

I want to say it was one of the last few Wood Talk episodes where I heard this…maybe the most recent “weekend edition.”

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