help - restore veneer table

Old 11-14-05, 11:23 AM
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help - restore veneer table

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I bought dinning table. I believe the table top was made from venneer and it was coated with polyurethane. However, there is a damage on surface. Seller told me that her kids poured polish nail on table. She tried to clean it up with solvent. As a result, some of polyuretane was removed and damaged. I am thinking to restore this table. Anyone has any recommendations. Thanks, Samba
Old 11-14-05, 07:25 PM
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Chances are you are going to have to completely strip the table (maybe just the top if the rest looks fine). You may run into trouble if the table is stained, since you'll wind up trying to match as close as you can the stain you will use for the top to the stain the rest is stained with.

Anyhow, I'm not sure what will strip polyurethane, I believe aerosol cans of paint stripper will do it. Use a power sander of some sort and 100 grit sandpaper to remove whatever the stripper doesn't, and then sand to 120 or 150 grit, with a final sanding done by hand (wrap some sandpaper around a sponge) and sand in straight strokes with the grain until you're confident the marks of the power sander are removed.

Stain, dry, and topcoat with polyurethane, or preferably with "bar top resin" or "table top epoxy"--- it goes by several name brands but basically it's a two-part concoction that you have to mix up just prior to using. You pour it on, and use a straw to blow out the bubbles that will form (no spitting!). Bartop epoxy is usually very clear, tough, and durable. Great stuff.
Old 11-15-05, 11:26 PM
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thanks..I wonder if veneer can be sanded after strip polyurethane layer. any comments
Old 11-15-05, 11:30 PM
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actually I am not sure if topcoat is polyurethane. It is clear and quite thick. If it is top resin or epoxy, how can I remove that layer? After I sand it, can I restain venner layer? thanks.

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