Evening out color without staining

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Forum topic by augdog posted 08-16-2017 05:03 PM 546 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-16-2017 05:03 PM

This table was improperly finished with an uneven surface and polyurethaned heavily. This left many pits filled with dried white substance (I suspect wax). I’ve been tasked with refinishing it. I’ve been able to sand down these imperfections, but as a result have hit some of the stained bare wood and discolored it lightly. I reallllly don’t want to strip and restain the table as the color matching is not my forte.

Do you have any suggestions for evening out the color? Linseed oil? Spot applying stain? Light coat of poly? To clarify, I believe the wood is Cherry and it is presently very lightly polyurethaned in some spots and unfinished in others. Only thetop half of the table has been done thusfar.

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 08-16-2017 06:08 PM

Are you sure it’s been stained? Cherry turns quite dark on it’s own sometimes, and you may have sanded down and removed some of the surface darkened wood, leaving spots that haven’t aged. If true, it will darken on it’s own and at it’s own pace (which probably doesn’t match your time line).

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#2 posted 08-16-2017 08:11 PM

You’re up a creek. At best you can try to
put some orange shellac on the sanded-through
areas and see if the appearance is more

The shellac can be stripped off easily with
denatured alcohol if it doesn’t look good.

Probably though you’re going to have to
remove all the finish and do it over.

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Ron Aylor

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#3 posted 08-16-2017 08:19 PM

I would just continue sanding the poly away … apply a generous amount of boiled linseed oil and sit it in the sun for a few days!

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#4 posted 08-16-2017 08:29 PM

Never partially refinish is my advise. Either do the best you can on a project with matching wax, or else refinish back to bare wood. Read up on pre-stain conditioners for cherry and blotch prone wood.

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#5 posted 08-16-2017 09:00 PM

Yup, just as I feared. I had a sinking notion in the back of my head that this was the case, I think I just needed to hear it from you guys. Trying to cut corners and save some time now is going to take me more time. At least I quoted the guy for a full refinish.

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#6 posted 08-16-2017 09:55 PM

So you quoted him for a full refinish but you weren’t going to fully refinish it…. On something like that would you just credit him back the difference?

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