Repairing watermark in table finish

Old 05-27-15, 09:13 PM
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I have a wood coffee table with a nice fairly thick lacquer finish. My boyfriend got a water mark on the table and even though I knew of a couple of tricks to try to remove it, he thought he would try to fix it while I was at work. In just the area where the water ring was, he used Turtle Wax Polishing Compound for CARS.

Now, that one spot looks nice and glossy.....but it's also caused the wood to lift and crack.

What can i do to try and get an even finish, remove the last little piece of water mark left and disguise the damaged cracks? Attachment 51210[/ATTA[ATTACH]51211CH]

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Thanks So Much for any advice

-Kate (ms. fix-it around the house - when boyfriend isn't looking)
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Old 05-28-15, 04:05 AM
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What were the "tricks" that you tried so far?

The woman used some cheap olive oil & salt, to remove the mark.
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If the wood has lifted, wither the finish was not as thick as you thought, and the water seepes through and into the wood, or the turtle wax removed the finish in that area and damaged the wood. Either way, the wood must have come in contact with water for it to raise the grain.

There is not really much you can do make it all look the same except sand and refinish the top of the table in my opinion.
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In defense of your boyfriend--he had the right idea. Automotive compounds and waxes work great on lacquer and polyurethane finishes because they are basically the same as what's used on vehicles.

As Keith said--the finish must not have been as thick as you thought. Compound alone wouldn't cut through a decently-thick finish...but sandpaper would. Did he go there?
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The wood lifted and cracked from water damage, not turtle wax.
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The heat generated by buffing could have done it too.

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