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Forum topic by Twicetold posted 11-02-2020 10:33 PM 469 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Twicetold

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11-02-2020 10:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: stain finishes teak

I’m not a woodworker by any means, just a guy who bought a wooden teak table and screwed it up. (see attached)

Basically, I had what I think were heat marks (the ring emerged after we put a container of hot soup on it). I put toothpaste/baking soda on it to get rid of them and, man, that was a mistake because it looks like it just stripped the finish. It basically made the marks (the ring and the stripe) paler and more noticeable rather than the opposite.

Any ideas on how I should troubleshoot this? I don’t want to refinish the whole table – I’d much rather find a way to hide those blemishes.


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Rich

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#1 posted 11-02-2020 11:29 PM

One thing to try is Howard Products Restor-A-Finish. It comes in several colors. You can find Howard Products videos on youtube that will show you how to use it, and help you decide if it’s something you’re comfortable trying.

After that, you start to get into techniques that aren’t well suited for a beginner. For example, if I were doing the fix, I’d use Mohawk Blendal powder.

One thing that might help obscure your repair is to, believe it or not, use some more of the mixture that damaged it and make it less smooth and regular along the edges. Try to blend and make that color transition less abrupt. Don’t do that unless you need to.

Once you get it where you want it, be sure to buy some trivets :)

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 11-03-2020 01:09 AM

Whatever repair you choose keep in mind teak will darken over time. So whatever new grain you expose will take time to darken.
I can also confirm that your table is indeed Real teak. Many buy that fake plantation teak thinking they got a great price because it’s cheap.
Good Luck

-- Aj

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Twicetold

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#3 posted 11-03-2020 08:45 PM

Thanks, Aj and Rich. I will try Restor-A-Finish. Someone else recommended I scrub the surface with fine steel wool and apply teak oil. Is that overkill though?

I am really pissed with myself that I damaged this table so soon after I got it. I didn’t think a plastic container of soup would damage it. Live and learn, I guess…

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#4 posted 11-03-2020 08:50 PM


Thanks, Aj and Rich. I will try Restor-A-Finish. Someone else recommended I scrub the surface with fine steel wool and apply teak oil. Is that overkill though?

- Twicetold

I wouldn’t use that steel wool method. Regarding teak oil, check out this article by Bob Flexner, who is a noted authority on finishes and furniture repair.

I’m afraid that without seeing the table first hand, I can’t go much farther in recommending a solution.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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Twicetold

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#5 posted 11-03-2020 08:53 PM

Thanks – really appreciate your guidance.

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#6 posted 11-03-2020 08:59 PM

I hope you don’t mind my point of view, though you didn’t ask for it. Please forgive me.

I think you just need to forget about it and use it. In a family, a table over time shows the marks of use, the marks of a family gathered together to eat, play games, do homework, work on projects. It’s a living thing. Don’t try to live in a museum.

Just my 2 cents.

-Paul

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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Twicetold

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#7 posted 11-03-2020 09:13 PM

I hear you, and I probably will leave well enough alone. This is mostly psychological for me – first blemish on a new piece of furniture and all that.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#8 posted 11-04-2020 03:43 AM



I hear you, and I probably will leave well enough alone. This is mostly psychological for me – first blemish on a new piece of furniture and all that.

- Twicetold

Think of it as character. :)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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