We have a dining room table (southern yellow pine) with a lacquer finish. Apparently the finish is breaking down because it is becoming 'sticky'. We were told that we must have used a cleaner with ammonia in it and that it will need to be refinished. Are there any other alternatives?
If your table's finish has turned gummy, then there's not much chance of saving it. If on the other hand, it's something on the finish then you might be able to clean it. We use a mix of Trisodium Phosphate (available at you paint supplier) with a touch of ammonia to remove old crap off existing finishes. Go easy and follow directions on mixing it and you should be OK.
If it's the finish then you'll have to strip and refinish the top.
- 15 Old House Features We Shouldn't Abandon
- 17 Tiny Bathrooms We Love
- 16 Designs for a Low-Cost DIY Coffee Table
- Insanely Easy 60-Minute Home Improvements
- 12 Sheds You Could Live (or Work) In
- Assembly Required: 15 DIY Kit Homes
- 30 Things Every Adult Should Know How to Do
- 10 Surprisingly Simple Woodworking Projects
- See the Most Highly Anticipated Colors for 2015
- 9 Ways to Make Your TV Look at Home
- 9 Totally Amazing Mobile Home Makeovers
- 10 Unexpected Spots for Accent Colors
- 10 Fantastic Furniture Makeovers
- Worth It: 8 Renovations That Pay You Back
- 9 Closet Storage Tips from a Pro Organizer
- 7 Seriously Surprising Spots for a Fireplace
- Laundry Room Ideas to Knock Your Socks Off
- 12 Tiny Gardens to Grow on a Tabletop
- Supersize Your Small Bathroom with 8 Tips
- Kitchen Envy: 10 Rooms We Love