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mizzemm

07:45PM | 07/26/04
Member Since: 07/25/04
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I spilled nail polish remover on my roomate's coffee table and it instantly stripped the finish off and looks pretty bad - I live in a 3rd story walk-up apartment in Manhattan and I'd rather not send it out to be refinished because it will undoubtedly get damaged further that way as it's very difficult to move furniture up and down my stairway without bumping it along the way (the corners are already a mess form its first trip up here). So anyway, does anyone know how hard it is, or if it's even possible to fix this myself?? Thanks for your help.

Cletus

07:56AM | 07/29/04
Member Since: 07/15/04
5 lifetime posts
Since it's your rommate's table you ought to pay to have a pro do the job. You can do it yourself, but it's unlikely you'll get it close to what it ought to be on your first try.

Your milage may vary,

CJ

Don't force it, get a bigger hammer

Faust

07:31AM | 08/15/04
Member Since: 09/17/03
6 lifetime posts
Since nail polish remover is basically acetone (it is great for removing super glues)I expect the finish is rather completely removed. Since it can't get any worse, I would try this before sending it out.

There are various "refinisher" products available. As opposed to paint removers (they both smell the same, I expect one is a diluted version of the other). The "refinisher" products liquify the old finish and cause it to flow into the damaged area. The "re-amalgamated" surface will have to be matched to the overall surface.

What to do next is determined by the original finish, gloss, satin finish, etc.

If the finish is a modern, waterproof, polyurethane finish (tyoe if finish can usually be determine by age. Older finishes tend dilute with alcohol. If the finish is alcohol soluble, forget the "refinisher" and use alcohol)I have had good luck polishing them with automotive products. Mostly these are "wet sanding" products. Sand paper for wet sanding can be obtained in as fine a grit as 1600. It is important to use a "sanding block" to keep the paper flat and avoid cutting into the wood. This produces a very glossy finish after waxing.

If the acetone succeeded in removing the stain, that is another matter. Color matching requires some artistic ability. Most brands of stain can be mixed to obtain the desired color.


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