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Old 10-18-2013, 05:59 PM   #1
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Classic 25fb Dinette Table Needs Spot Refinish

We took a trip to Florida a couple of weeks ago and while on the trip we noticed what seemed to be a small ring on the finished dinette table. I thought it was something like jam or something sticky and when I scraped it off with my finger nail I discovered there is now a ring of bare wood exposed. Seems something must have eatan away at the clear finish.

So I would like to perform a spot finish to this spot which is the size of a US quarter. Can i lightly sand the spot with some fine sandpaper and then brush on some clear glossy MinWax?

Thanks for any advice.

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Old 10-18-2013, 09:19 PM   #2
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Kevin,

It can be repaired easily with any lacquer based finish. Deft is the brand that I found works well, and I got it from Lowe's.
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Is this a spray or brush on repair?
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Old 07-22-2014, 01:42 PM   #4
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Is this a spray or brush on repair?
Either one, but you will get a smoother finish by spraying.

The one I did was from bare wood, and so I put several heavy coats on brushing, let it harden well, block sanded with 400 grit, and then sprayed a final coat and it looked very good.
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Good info Steve,
I'll be able to try my hand at table repair before the summer is out.

My table is the 33"x40" Hickory top. And will need to be repaired before too much time passes. It has a hairline crack lengthwise right down the middle where the wood was joined. Looks like it must have dried out and just plain cracked. No getting around it, more work!
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My repair is small a quarter size donut, the center is not affected. Are we sure the original finish is lacquer and not a polyurethane? Maybe a small brush to apply and let it level itself in the donut. I'll try to post a photo soon.
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My repair is small a quarter size donut, the center is not affected. Are we sure the original finish is lacquer and not a polyurethane? Maybe a small brush to apply and let it level itself in the donut. I'll try to post a photo soon.
Yes, I am definitely sure. I even called Airstream to make sure before I did the work. They couldn't tell me the brand of the finish, and I asked them, "is it varnish, polyurethane, or Lacquer?" They said they didn't know the brand, but it was definitely Lacquer.

I have even done spot touch-ups on the cabinet doors where they turn white from water being splashed on them, and the Deft Lacquer fixes them with no hastle.

If I were working a spot on a table top, I would brush the spot with several quick, heavy fill dabs in that spot, sand the whole table top, and then spray. The good thing about lacquer is every coat you put on, melts into and binds with the coats under it, so it's easy to repair, but you want a nice smooth job on a table top.
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We've had a '01 25' Classic, an '04 28' Classic, a '10 31' Classic, and now the '08 34' Classic, and I have used the Deft Lacquer to touch up the cabinet door on each of them, and it works great.
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The bad thing about solid wood furnishings is the finish can get marked up easily. The good thing about solid wood furnishings is the can be repaired easily, many times.

If the table top shows some other wear, it would be very easy to lightly sand the whole top and put on a new finish.
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