Water Stains


Old 03-01-02, 11:02 PM
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Question Water Stains

Please bear with me as I'm not too experienced of a woodworker.

My problems is I have this 3 foot high divider between my living room and den. It is topped by a nice wood mantle like piece. It has a nice dark stain with a nice finish.
Well, evidently its a nice place to a put plants and you can see exactly where the previous owners put their plants as the wood is stained with rings from the pots. I would like fix it since the stains are so evident and there really are only 3-4 places that have the problem in this 12 foot section.

But, I'm worried that I might ruin it. This wood also matches the nearby mantle over the fireplace.

What would be the best procedure to repair these stained areas on this wood?

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Old 03-02-02, 06:03 AM
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It would be almost impossible to just fix the water stained areas.
You should probably strip the wood of finsih and then sand to remove the water marks. If sanding is not succssful a two part wood bleach or possibly oxalic acid should remove the stain.
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You could try covering the stains with something. Like potted plants.
Old 03-02-02, 03:29 PM
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Water stains

I've had some luck by making a paste of mineral oil and ashes, although I've since heard that rottenstone or pumice(extra fine!) works better. (Usually in paint section of hardware stores) Rub on stain with 0000 steel wool.
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