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started topic Getting iron stain out of a finish (much like iron stain around a nail) 07-02-2018 08:19 PM
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#1 posted 07-02-2018 01:57 PM

How do I get an iron/steel stain out of wood? Like a nail stain, but on a finished surface.

I am almost finished with a set of oak bookshelves, To smooth out that bit or roughness in the finish, I gave it a brush rub with 0000 steel wool. Oh that made it nice and smooth. To wipe up the steel fines, I wiped up with a slightly damp paper towel. Oops, water, steel, and wood—not a good combination. An hour later, there was a black stain in the corner right around the joint.!

Question 1. How can I get the black stain out without hurting the wood or the stain? The shelves are red oak, finished with Watco Danish Oil. Oxalic acid?

Question 2. Am I doing the right thing, giving a light rub with steel wool? It does genuinely feel smoother. I’m doing it dry. Should I be using a lubricant or wax? (this is my first big project in several decades—my dad got this roll of steel wool in the 1970s) I don’t want a gloss, I just want to get the surface roughness out.

Thank you.!

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