What is wrong with my tabletop and how do I fix it?

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What is wrong with my tabletop and how do I fix it?

I have a midpriced kitchen table that has been destroyed over the past 5 years of use. My kids have scratched at it, peeling off a "gummy" type coating on the top. It has hazy spots all over it and sections where the "gummy" coating is off or piled up. Anytime something of even a warm temperature is placed on it, it leaves a
mark and/or destroys the "gummy" coating on top. I tried to post pics, but it
won't let me.....I can email pics if you think you can help.
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Old 03-17-12, 08:49 PM
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Sounds like a wax finish. Mom would always wax some of the woodwork in the house and it would do that- come off on your fingernails. She'd wash it every once in a while with ammonia+water to strip the wax and then reapply and buff. But you probably just need to strip the wax and get rid of it all, then apply a shellac finish as a sealer (if you want to try and eliminate fisheye problems- which might be very likely if it IS a wax finish now...) and then put about 3 coats of polyurethane on it so that you have a hard durable finish.
 
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Here are pics:

Thanks for info on the wax. Worth a try!
Here are pics of what it looks like....


http://i1076.photobucket.com/albums/.../tabletop2.jpg

http://i1076.photobucket.com/albums/.../tabletop1.jpg
 
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If you can scratch through it, it may be wax. My take on it is someone coated it with polyurethane and it didn't adhere, either due to wax or moisture. We'll wait on the wax test first, 'cause I know you don't want to strip it down and start over.
 
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Yes I can easily scratch into with my fingernails. So what should I take the wax
off with? Ammonia and water or do I need to buy some kind of wax stripper?
Thanks for all your help everyone!
 
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Old 03-22-12, 04:17 AM
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I would find the mildest wax stripper I could and try that. Any harsh chemical may eat into the finish and you don't want that. Try the stripper in a small area to see if it will work before spreading it out all over.
 
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