Damaged table by glue need help with finish

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Blog entry by Czechwoodboy posted 03-24-2013 01:58 PM 2808 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Friends,
I need help. My friend asked me to repair damaged table by glue. They spilled gorilla glue and cleaned up with acetone. This removed finish ad stain. Now material is acacia and finish coat is rough. Looks like someone applied poly and then made some scratches with wire brush or something. Do you have any ideas how to do it?

Thank you so much

-- Vladimir, Atlanga, GA

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#1 posted 03-24-2013 02:19 PM

Strip the entire surface down and refinish.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#2 posted 03-24-2013 02:58 PM

Yes, that what i would do, but if you will take detail look, how would you match that finish texture – scratches? It has to match with rest of dining set.

-- Vladimir, Atlanga, GA

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#3 posted 03-24-2013 04:29 PM

I’m afraid if you want the top to look right..stripping it down and resanding it is about the only way to go..after you sand it..test the area where the glue was to make sure you’ve sanded it all off..sometime wetting the area will show you if its completely removed by the wood darkening but any glue still on will show a lighter contrast to the non-glued area

-- Randall Child

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#4 posted 03-24-2013 04:41 PM

How would you do a rough finish? It’s not smooth

-- Vladimir, Atlanga, GA

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#5 posted 03-24-2013 05:07 PM

Not sure what you are asking? Poly finishes lay on top and produce a plastic surface. What does the rest of this set look like?

A rough surface will have a rough finish? Porous woods like oak will produce a rough finish compared to maple?

I’ve had to explain to customers that they may not get what they wish for?

Might want to explain this to your friend. Like when you got to the doctor? They always give the worst case scenario?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 03-24-2013 05:16 PM

Well, here’s my 2 cents worth … The top looks like it was finished with a scrub plane.
First, be real sure that it is not a thin veneer surface or your scrub plane will go right through it on the first pass.
(no need to ask how I know)
The blade in a scrub plane has a bit of an arc to it and will give you that country hand made look … IF you are working with a solid wood panel or have a very thick veneer.
Set your plane to take a very thin, light & feathery bite after removeing the majority of the existing finish with a cabinet scraper or careful sanding.
Good luck on this … lets see an ‘after’ photo.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#7 posted 03-24-2013 05:42 PM

that’s definitely tough…I would recommend getting some scrap of something similar – not necessarily same wood.

Apply some finish, let it cure, and then try a few different techniques until you get the desired results.

Distressing/aging finishes is actually an art in and of itself…not as simple as most (myself included) assume it is.

Looking forward to seeing what some other Jocks recommend. Good luck!

-- Steve

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#8 posted 03-24-2013 06:02 PM

It’s too late to save it. You’ll now need to strip it and refinish it.

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#9 posted 03-24-2013 07:12 PM

Thanks all of you. Will try few things and let you know.
Thanks again

-- Vladimir, Atlanga, GA

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#10 posted 03-24-2013 07:15 PM

One thing. The acetone area where is it damaged, looks pretty smooth, so I think roughness is made by coating Od poly. Any ideas how to match it? Apply poly and scrape it down with wire brush?

-- Vladimir, Atlanga, GA

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#11 posted 03-24-2013 07:47 PM

I would try the wire brush after two coats and then apply a thin third coat. Make sure its a heavy steel brush you don’t want to burnish it down you want to scratch the it good. One the brushes used to scrape the scale off after welding has nice thick wire and can be picked up from homedepo or the like.

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#12 posted 03-24-2013 10:16 PM

Try cleaning off all the finish with acetone first. If that doesn’t work, try cellulose thinners.
That texture on the table top, has that been mechanically done, or is it just the way the grain is on that timber? It’s difficult to tell from the photo, but looks more like grain raising to me.
If it is grain raising, you could give the top a light sanding once the old finish is removed, then wipe it all off with a wet rag to raise the grain, let it dry and then start finishing.

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