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Damp paper plates left white spots on our cherry dining room table. does anyone know how to remove these? thanks, jim

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  • James Fox May 22, 2011

    thank you very much. i tried mayonaise and rubbed it in with my fingers and let it sit. then i used olive oil and a little salt and then furniture oil. it is about 95% better. thanks for your solution. jim

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Hi Jim,

Sorry to hear that.
The water has turned the finish opaque. The remedy depends on the type of finish on the table. If you have some woodworking experience .........
1. I would first try buffing the spot with 0000 steel wool, then rubbing it lightly with mineral spirits. Do not substitute anything else.
2. If this does not work, you can sand the spot with wet (soaked overnight) "wet/dry" sandpaper about 1500 to 2000 grit. You can get this at an auto shop. Then fill the spot with polyurethane finish. After the polyurethane dries for 24 hrs, sand with the above sandpaper, then finish with steel wool.

Good luck. If the area is larger, like the paper plate, then I would contact a furniture refinisher. I might consider contacting someone before attempting a repair either way. Cherry tables are premium!

Hope this helps. If it does, I'd appreciate a 4 thumbs up. Thanks,

Handie Andie, "woodworker by night"

Posted on May 22, 2011

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