Ink stains on drawing table


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Old 08-15-04, 04:47 PM
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Ink stains on drawing table

This drawing table is unfinished, and has ink stains and deep cuts (like from an exacto knife) in the wood. I'm concerned about sanding too deeply and ruining the flatness of the surface for drawing. Any tips or ideas? Thank you.
 
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Old 08-15-04, 06:00 PM
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If the natural look of the wood is unimportant, fill the deep scratches and prime and paint the table.

Alternatively, you may be able to remove the stains with oxalic acid, but the scratches can be troublesome.

You could try steaming them, but this works poorly since the fibers of the wood have been cut.

You could apply a layer of veneer over the top and have a fresh start.

Hope this helps.
 
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Old 08-15-04, 07:54 PM
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Thank you for your ideas, Chris. I'm not familiar with oxalic acid. Can you please explain to me how it works? Does it bleach the wood? I was hoping to keep the natural wood instead of painting it. Thank you for your time.
 
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Old 08-15-04, 08:36 PM
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Oxalic acid is sometimes known as wood bleach. It comes in crystalline form and is mixed with warm water or can be bought in liquid form.

http://www.rockler.com/findit.cfm?page=6491

It can often be bought at pharamceutical supply house.

Here is some information on using it.

http://antiquerestorers.com/Articles...ood_bleach.htm

http://antiquerestorers.com/Articles/SAL/Bleach.htm

http://www.kleanstrip.com/woodbleachproject.htm

Hope this helps.
 
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Old 08-15-04, 10:08 PM
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Very helpful, Chris, those articles were great. I think that might just be the answer. Thank you so much for your help.
 
 

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