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topic 18958

Water stain on mahogany


2003

I bought an old stripped mahogany table and applied a natural stain. A large white water stain appeared which hadn't been noticeable on the bare wood. Is there any way of removing this water stain?

Rose Scott
- Canada


2003

It's been awhile since I've messed with restoring antique furniture, but I usually ran into that from moisture accumulation under a potted plant or the like.

In those cases, after stripping, ordinary household bleach will bleach out the stain, but you have to carry it out across the entire piece and restain to get the color back.

Of course, the wetness of the bleach will raise cellulose "hairs" in the wood, and you'll need to gently buzz those down.

Greybeard

Lynn M. Perry, Sr.
retired - Plano, Texas



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