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My daughter spilled Acetone on my coffee table any suggestions??? Help

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Posted 2013-08-15T18:56:01+0000  by MrsEverly MrsEverly

Sorry to learn of the problem MrsEverly!


Thanks for the photo!


It appears that the finish is severely damaged.


Under the circumstances, removing and re-applying the finish is probably your best option ... just the finish on the top.


Use 100-grit sandpaper and a mouse sander to cut the finish in the direction of the grain.


It appears you can eliminate some work by just sanding the top surface.


Once the entire surface is cut off, switch to 150-grit to smooth the surface.


Then wipe off the sanding dust with a dry terry towel and tape the edges with painter's tape before re-staining.


Your Paint Associate can show you stain and polyurethane products that will add color and poly with each coat.


Click the link for a demo of that product.

Posted 2013-08-15T20:07:09+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL

Thank you so much

Posted 2013-08-15T21:13:31+0000  by MrsEverly

Before commencing with paint or varnish removal by sanding, it is prudent to first determine if the wood is solid stock or veneer. Veneer is paper thin and can readily be breached by aggressive sanding. Veneer can be determined by looking underneath the table. If the bottom is of a different grain, it is probably a veneer wood on top.


Since the damage on the top was caused by acetone, acetone can actually be used to completely remove the finish. The surface can be rubbed with fine steelwool dipped in acetone. After the finish has been removed, it should be given a final wipe down with paper towels or rags soaked in acetone.  Caution should be taken with acetone as it is highly flammable and can be explosive. This is best done in the garage with the doors open and possible sources of ignition extinquished. Caution should be taken also to protect the legs of the furniture against splashing the solvent on them, assuming that you do not want to have to strip them too.


Another product that can be used is Minwax "Antique Furniture Refinisher". This is again a solvent, that when used with fine steelwool, will totally remove the old finish.


Once the old finish is gone,  a matching penetrating oil stain can be applied, followed by three coats of a urethane varnish.  I personally am not a fan of PolyShades on a highly used surface such as a table top.  The pigment in PolyShades does not penetrate deep into the wood, but is in suspension in the varnish. Any scratch that breaks the varnish film, immediately exposes light, unstained wood. Also, as the varnish wears thin with wear, the color will lighten.


I feel that one of the reasons the damage to the  table was so great is that the manufacturer was using a combination color and finish product similar in concept to PolyShades, but in a lacquer base.  Lacquer is extremely susceptible to attack by acetone. Once the finish is gone, so is the color!


Posted 2013-08-16T05:35:39+0000  by ordjen
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