Repairing stain damage made by rubbing alcohol

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Forum topic by ezgnann posted 01-09-2015 02:50 PM 1021 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-09-2015 02:50 PM

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A friend is looking for a way to repair a stain on a table. She said she spilled rubbing alcohol on the table. It looks to me like the table had varnish or lacquer on it, plus teh stain, and the alcohol dissolved it all. What are the options to repair, if any?

Thanks in advance.

-- Woodworking is cheaper than psychotherapy and better for me than whiskey

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#1 posted 01-10-2015 02:36 AM

Can you take and upload a better picture? It is hard to see what is going on. Looks like a finger or thumb got in front of the camera.

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#2 posted 01-10-2015 04:34 AM

Try this one!!

-- Woodworking is cheaper than psychotherapy and better for me than whiskey

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#3 posted 01-10-2015 02:43 PM

Both pictures are pretty horrendous, if you want help, try shooting something that is in focus. If alcohol marred the finish, then it probably is shellac.

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#4 posted 01-10-2015 03:26 PM

That white stain looks an awful lot like rubbing alcohol damage on lacquer finish only. Cant tell from the picture if wood stain underneath is damaged. Rubbing alcohol will eat through lacquer and create that type of white stain and it can also mess up the stain underneath. If only the lacquer is damaged then some gentle rubbing with pumice carried in mineral oil may repair the damage. Unfortunately if the underlying stainhas been damaged then she will need to figure out a way to refinish the spot. I’ve had varying success repairing lacquer/underlying stain by removing the lacquer CAREFULLY from the damaged area only and then repairing the stain with a matching stain and then spraying with WATCO lacquer spray which comes in varying sheens. I cover and tape off the undamaged areas before I spray to avoid over spray. Multiple coats with light sanding may be necessary and then I lightly feather sand the final coat to blend in the repaired lacquer marks to the original finish. And then I wax it. Good luck. Tom

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