Blemish On Teak Tabletop After Sanding

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Forum topic by SleepingFox posted 09-19-2018 07:03 PM 467 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2018 07:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: teak sander refurbishing sanding


I’ve recently sanded my kitchen table in hopes to refinish it. There was a large black mark from having a wet cast iron pan sitting on it so a refinish is definitely in order. However after sanding there are now a few lighter blemishes on the table. I’m curious why these showed up and if there is a way to remove them. If not it’s not a total disaster, it will probably be much nicer than with the giant black mark.

I sanded and tested the finish with the center leaf before sanding the main tabletop and it worked out pretty well except for a few places where it looks like the stain didn’t take. I’m now wondering if this is the same problem, did I sand these areas to much? is there something I can do to fix these blemishes?

Here are some pictures of the areas where the stain looks uneven on the leaf:

And some images of the main tabletop: (these are unfinished as I would like to remove the light marks before finishing if possible)

Thanks for any advice!

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#1 posted 09-19-2018 07:17 PM

Looks like you sanded through the teak veneer. That table is most certainly plywood with a veneer.

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#2 posted 09-20-2018 12:59 AM

Ah, I’ll stop sanding then. Thanks!

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#3 posted 09-20-2018 01:26 AM

Yup, you sanded through the veneer. Most furniture, especially exotic woods, are very thin veneer over particle board or MDF these days so you don’t have much room for sanding. For future reference, your best bet for removing the iron stain was probably to use a chemical stripper to remove the finish and then oxalis acid solution to remove the iron stain. If you need to scrub, use a synthetic steel wool.

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