|Forum topic by ammccorm||posted 05-19-2015 05:45 PM||573 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
05-19-2015 05:45 PM
I’m in a predicament and I’ve only got one shot to fix it. I also have very little experience with woodworking so I thought I’d reach out to you guys for a little advice.
I got this awesome table used, and the previous owner’s kids got spots of glue caked on the top. I used a little “goo gone super glue remover” to clean it off, but it left these light spots on the table. The spots are rougher to the touch than the surrounding area.
I called the company that made it (room and board) and they said that it stripped away the lacquer and that I needed to refinish the whole tabletop. She also said that the wood (cherry) isn’t stained, and that all I needed to do was sand away the top and relacquer the new surface. She said that a feature of cherry wood is that it gets darker with time, so don’t worry if it looks lighter when I am done.
I sanded with a coarse power sander for about 15-20 minutes and then medium and fine by hand for about an hour. The light spots have gotten bigger, and the areas that were ok look beautiful. From here, I tried a fine paper (220 grit) power sander for another 15 minutes and that didn’t make a difference.
My goal is to even out the color and get it back to being naturally beautiful without using a stain.
It has been recommended that I switch to using a chemical stripper to get the remaining finish off, sand the spots out to an even color, and then apply a water-based matt lacquer. One person has also said that I should clean it off with lacquer thinner afterward.
Do you all agree with this plan? If so, can you recommend a brand? If not, what would you do?
I have included a picture of the table before as well as a picture of where I’m at now.
I’m posting this to a few forums to get the benefit of several experts, so thank you if you have already responded. I live in a small city apartment, and the little furniture I have is important to me. I just want to be sure of what I’m doing before I risk it. People’s advice has been similar, but has had variations that may or may not be important. Thank you all for helping me learn.