Refinishing maple table top

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Forum topic by Harlan posted 01-22-2021 02:39 PM 285 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-22-2021 02:39 PM

Hi! New to the forum, and like to woodwork as a hobby. I have a table top that I made a few years ago out of 1 inch maple. It has a Watco Danish Oil finish. Used it as a computer desk a few years with a mounted monitor stand. Just removed the monitor stand and now have discoloration (or really the original color where the monitor stand was and the aged color on the rest of the table). The attached pictures show what it looks like.

Need some advice on how to refinish the top so it is consistent with no discoloration. Thought of using steel wool across the top. Any thoughts on how to approach this are appreciated.

Thank you!

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#1 posted 01-24-2021 01:43 PM

The darkening his in the wood, not the finish.

You would have to plane/deep sand the whole top down to new wood.

An extremely talented refinisher might be able to dye it or use a toner.

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#2 posted 01-24-2021 02:21 PM

Can you remove the top easily? A few passes through a wide belt sander would do the trick. You’ve got enough thickness to go that route. I agree that the color change is in the wood like Robert said.

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#3 posted 01-24-2021 03:41 PM

I’d strip the finish and use a ROS to even out the wood color.

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#4 posted 01-24-2021 04:28 PM

Must be a uv mark, and (with the top exposed to sunlight or a uv lamp), you could simply wait a few weeks for the color to balance. I agree with Robert that the color change is deeper into the wood. If there is something in Watco Danish Oil that reacts more quickly to sunlight, you could add a fresh coat of oil to improve your chances. Rustoleum (the maker of Watco) has a product help line – I might check with them first.

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#5 posted 01-24-2021 06:14 PM

Some exposure to sunlight to darken the lite mark may solve you problem by itself. Won’t hurt unless you leave it in the sun too long and damage the finish. If not, I would do as recommended above and sand/plane it down to remove the darker coloring and re-finish.

-- Les B, Oregon

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