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11/20/07

I have an incredible huge wooden trunk for sale, circa 1790 . Solid Oak with a brass inlaid plaque with the name Sir Henry Lippecott  (Bar)T.   It was used apparently for moving his dinner plate & silverware when he went to war in the field. Wow - I have used it to hide the xmas pressent from the kids for the last 15 years, it is no longer needed for that as they can open it now. Valued at 8000 when I bought it about 17 years ago from Philips. It is a piece for a large house or grand entrance. Totally unique antique.

Offers. (+357 ) 99 560490 or e mail me here

 
11/26/04

I have a teak table that was given to me which has lots of different marks on it, ie. cup rings, dark spots, light areas, oily spots. I would like to fix it but don't know where to start or what to use. allmon56ATsbcglobal.net

 
8/11/04

I have a pine "Rustique" dining table from Mexico. It has a petroleum wax finish to highlight the natural honey color. I have applied lemon oil and Minwax to the table to protect the finish. The table is not uniform in color now and it has not got a nice finish. What can I do to restore the original lustre? Please resond to: bgmcraeATmts.net

 
7/29/04

Re message below about black water marks . please respond to :-

grantpeter2003ATyahho.com

 
7/29/04

I have an oak stained kitchen unit which has seen water and has the tell tale black marks which are in the wood grain. The wood is finished with polyurethane.

How do I get the black marks oout - strip ,sand and restain or can I mask out the marks by using a much darker covering - in which case any recommendations ??

 
7/28/04

how do i get cupmarks off polished wood

 
7/22/04

In storage the material intended toprotect my teak dining table left an imprint. I have tried to repair this with wood cleaner and teak oil. It is now sticky and very shiny. I need to know what I can do at this point to restore my lovely table. ruthandartATcainiac.com

 
7/8/04

I, too, have left a hot dish on my dining table where a white spot remains. What can I do to repair this?

Angie email me: aacbsaATyahoo.com

 
7/2/04

looking for hight gloss furniture paint,or is the auto 2 step, color then clear coat better the wood paint today or are about thesame?

 
6/21/04

Is there a formula for buttermilk and lime that can be used to strip old stain/varnish from furniture.

shayes227ATyahoo.com

 
4/30/04

large steam circle on my oak table,,how do i remove.

email: champsacresATaol.com

 
4/30/04

i have a large white circle caused from a hot plate on my oak table. how can i remove?

 
4/29/04

I set a casserole dish on two folded towels on my buffet. I now have a large "steam circle" What do I do? My buffet is black. jenniferwilliamsATadelphia.net

 
4/28/04

Water based protective coating for leather care Dear Madam/Sir, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce our company's new and unique water based leather protective coating. Based on the latest and most innovative resins Leatherguard will protect your leather objects from spills, stains and scuffing and maintain the leather's natural appearance for many years to come. Objects coated with Leatherguard may be wiped down with warm water and detergent if necessary without fear of damage. For greater details please visit our website www.liquiguard.com. In case I have reached you in error please accept my sincere apologies. It would be greatly appreciated if you would kindly forward this information to the appropriate individual. Please accept my thanks for your interest and assistance.

Sincerely, Linda Lian Research Specialist

Liquiguard Technologies 2755 E Oakland Park Blvd, Suite 300 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306

Phone: 954.566.0992 Fax: 954.566.0633 www.liquiguard.com infoATliquiguard.com

 
4/28/04

I have an old tea cart that water leaked onto,and caused white,cloudy rings. Is there anything to remove this without stripping? email babbs392ATaol.com

 
4/27/04

How do I get rid of white circular marks on my dining room table top from hot cups?

email: sglen40ATcomcast.net

 
4/26/04

sorry my e-mail address is harriettmillerATaol.com (glass top will it damage wood long term)

 
4/26/04

I have just purchased a beautiful choclate cherry dining room set. can i protect the table by placing a glass over the top of the table. will this method damage the wood after a lond period of time

 
4/26/04

 
4/26/04

How do I get rid of the white ring left on my kitchen table made from hot pizza boxes? rickapgarATaol.com

 
4/26/04

How do I get rid of the white ring left on my kitchen table made from hot pizza boxes? rickapgarATaol.com

 
4/23/04

sorry e-mail address for the teeking a boat board beckiewhite2AThotmail.com

 
4/23/04

I HAVE A BOAT AND THE BOARD NEEDS TO BE TEEKED?! HOW DO I DO THIS?

 
4/20/04

I HAVE A DINING ROOM TABLE I WANT TO STRIP AND REFINISH IT HAS COATS OF CHERRY MOHGANY STAIN ON IT AND THEN THE LAST 2 COATS WAS DONE IN A POLYURETHANE I THOUGHT TO PROTECT IT I WAS WRONG ITS JUST A PLASTIC COATING KNOW I HAVE DEEP SCRATCHES IN IT I WANT TO REDO IT THE RIGHT WAY ITS IN THE KITCHEN SO IT GETS ALOT OF USE AND WASHED OFF ALOT dakotagirl77AThotmail.com

 
4/17/04

 
4/9/04

After using furniture polish on my dark hardwoood bedroom set, I was left with a cloudy white film. It disappears after being polished for a few days but comes back. I've tried using an oil also. What do I do? Donna bedellATdmv.com

 

 
4/2/04

I have a pine dining set need ti=o know how to protect the finish from distress marks and acratches don't want to use glass or placemats

 
4/2/04

I have a pine dining set need ti=o know how to protect the finish from distress marks and acratches don't want to use glass or placemats

 
3/30/04

What is the best finish for a teek wood dinign table? It was very exspensive and 8ft long. It is an indoor dining table.

 

 
3/23/04

We have a antique cherry dropleaf table. A box with hot pizza in it was sat on the table and left a white spot. Can this be corrected without refinishing?

The email address is hunterjumper1ATjuno.com.

K. F. Lindquist

 
3/17/04

How do I remove the white marks left on my french polished table from hot dishes? storiesATbigpond.net.au

 
3/17/04

How to remove white rings left on table tops by hot cups

 
3/7/04

Sorry, my E-mail address is mthornton316AThotmail.com

 
3/7/04

Hi,

My name is Michael Thornton, and I live in 128 Raithin, Ashe road, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland. I would be very interested to know if you would help me to get a similarly type of dip and strip businessset up in Ireland, by supplying the "tricks of the trade/best practices". Perhaps we could come to some type of finicial arrangment if successful. Are "Dip and strip" worldwide ?

 
3/6/04

 
3/5/04

 
3/4/04

hot dish caused white s tains to appear on wood table

 
2/27/04

We bought 2 pieces of wicker furniture from two different suppliers, one is a chest and the other is a table stand. The problem is the chest is lighter than the table stand. Can I stain the chest to darken it up to match the stand. Also, they are both accented with leather, same problem, two different colors. Can I apply stain to the lighter leather to darken it up. Thanks Don S. pendon2ATcharter.net

 
2/24/04

white rings on table tops How do I remove this?

 
2/24/04

white rings on table tops How doremove this?

 
 
2/10/04

How to do it to her proper?

 
2/8/04

how to remove a cup ring on a polished table

 
1/30/04

Hi,

I am in the process of refinishing/stripping an old dresser I have. I stripped all of the paint off, sanded it, and applied fifty million coats of stain to get it the dark hue I was looking for. I'm FINALLY at the poly stage, and I applied my second coat this morning - yay!

What I'm wondering is this - is it normal for some of the stain to be coming off on the rag when I apply the poly? I'm using the kind you apply with a rag. Not a lot is coming off, but the rag was definitely stained the color OF the stain when I finished with the second coat of poly - also after the first, but not as much so after the second coat.

Also, do you think two coats of poly is enough? I have to be honest - I'm totally sick of this project and I just want it to be OVER at this point...hehe. But I also want it to be durable. The can says two coats is sufficient, but I keep reading about how you "can choose to do a 3rd or 4th coat" - is that recommended? As I said, it's a dresser, and I'll be using it to store my clothes in.

Thanks very much for any advice - this forum is great! I wish I had found it when I first started the project!

Thanks,

Abi :) aaynesATcnw.com

 
1/23/04

how do you differentiate good quality wood to a bad ones?

christinetdngAThotmail.com

 
1/15/04

 
1/15/04

i'm just after buying an angle groynder adn i was wondering what colour of sparks to buy

 
1/15/04

i'm just after buying an angle groynder adn i was wondering what colour of sparks to buy

 
1/15/04

i'm just after buying an angle groynder adn i was wondering what colour of sparks to buy

 
1/15/04

i'm just after buying an angle groynder adn i was wondering what colour of sparks to buy

 
1/15/04

i'm just after buying an angle groynder adn i was wondering what colour of sparks to buy

 
1/15/04

i'm just after buying an angle groynder adn i was wondering what colour of sparks to buy

 
1/14/04

Hello,

My email address is lupowellATcomcast.net.

My first woodworking project, a CD cabinet, turned out really great until I applied thre stain. I used MinWax PolyShade, that contains a stain and poly finish. Big mistake! It was impossible to get a consistent finish. After 3 coats of the stain, I'm wondering if I can strip it all and start from scratch using stain only, with a poly coat afterward. How about using a staining gel?

My email address is lupowellATcomcast.net.

Thanks....

 
1/6/04

The finish on my cherry Queen Ann dining table looks cloudy and filmy. The table is about 26 years old? pat6223ATcox-internet.com

 
12/31/03

 
12/31/03

I am currently living in Singapore and have bought all my furnitire in teak wood (sustainable source) - when i move back to the UK will this need to be treated in any way?

Please reply to andrew.winterATseacon.com.sg

 
12/28/03

I am currently living in Singapore and have bought all my furnitire in teak wood (sustainable source) - when i move back to the UK will this need to be treated in any way?

 
12/22/03

Hi. Someone put something hot on our dark stained oak table which left cloudy white marks? How can I repair this without having the whole table top refinished? Many thanks, garrison.bottsATverizon.net

 
12/20/03

We have a very heavy pine dining room table with two benches. They are stained a very dark (almost charcoal)color. The table has some very pronounced rings and other marks in the finish. Can these be rubbed out without completely refinishing the entire surface? Thank you, Jerry Giles. Email address is jerryandbettygilesATcomcast.com

 
12/19/03

 
12/13/03

I received a dining table from a friend, and it has several thin scratches on it - as though they were made by a cat. What (if anything) can I do to repair the table without refinishing it?

Please reply to dantana4AThotmail.com

 
11/30/03

How can I remove white rings from a polished mahogany table top roncoleATic24.net

 
11/30/03

How to clear white rings on a polished table top

 
11/28/03

A guest put a paper plate containing hot food on the arm of my wooden writing chair which is very old. It caused a white spot that I have not been able to remove with mayonaise. Toothpaste has removed some of the spot but not all. How can I return this chair to its orginal beauty? My e-mail address is hhayesATcabledirect.net

 
11/17/03

Is there any way to remove white water circle damage from fruniture?

 
11/14/03

I have a teek furniture set and it has been outside for about 1 year. The wood has grayed. What can I do to bring it back to it's natural color and how do I prevent this from happening?

john_marrsATssga.com

 
11/8/03

How do I remove years of wax build-up on a table top without damaging the finish. I think this is a laminated finish.

TweetnmeATmsis.net

 
10/30/03

how do I remove cup rings on a polished table please

Geoff Osgood jeoffrey.osgoodATwanadoo.fr

 
10/28/03

I have just recently bought some teek furniture at a sale.,it has been outside for quit a while. How do I restore it to its original condition. Leda J DeHaven LedadATshentel.net

 
10/28/03

I have just recently bought some teek furniture at a sale.,it has been outside for quit a while. How do I restore it to its original condition. Lerda J DeHaven LedadATshentel.net

 
9/30/03

I just purchased used furniture overall it is in good codtion expect for some parts have the stain color that has come off,you see the wood.I like to know what can I do to cover it?

Thank you Angela

 
9/30/03

I have a coffee table made from cypress. I have stripped the stain and sanded. what can I use to restore the natural color of the cypress ?

thank you, RDH

reply to: bothofus.3ATjuno.com

 
9/30/03

I have a coffee table made from cypress. I have stripped the stain and sanded. what can I use to restore the natural color of the cypress ?

thank you, RDH

reply to: bothofus.3ATjuno.com

 
9/29/03

I was given my grandmothers piano, it has a great deal of wax build up. How to I remove without damaging the wood.

 
9/29/03

I recently bought an old pine hutch from an estate sale. It has been sanded, leaving it a dull "country" look to it. My question is what should I put on it to protect it but keep the country feel it has? I do not want it shiney or polished. Should I wax it or oil it? And if so, what should I use?

Please email me at Lemnpie72ATaol.com

 
9/19/03

how can we judge that we have a good quality of teek wood or not

 
9/1/03

Have been looking into buying a dining room table that has a french polish finish. What kind of cleaning, care and maintenance does this finish require and what products should not be used on it in cleaning. Thak you. kenmerleATaol.com

 
9/1/03

How best to care for furniture with a french polish finish.

 
8/13/03

Hi, I have a beautiful large dining table that has been scratched by a kitten using is as a skidplatform when we weren't home. the scratches are through the finish in spots and into the wood. the table is made of pine i believe, and is has a dark varnish on it. any suggestions would be appreciated. I also had one of the chairs in storage for 2 years and the varnish flaked right off the top of the chair as soon as i touched it. only happened to one chair though...strange.. please reply to heavysportsATjam21.net thanks

 
8/13/03

Hi there, I just bought a new pine top table and my daughter was moving her dish around on the table and now there are several scratches on the finish, Is there any way to remove these? they are just on the finish not gouged in or anything. thanks chadreynoldsATev1.net

 
8/11/03

I have dark pine bedroom and dining room furniture that is about 30 years old. It has quite a few nicks and may be a little dry since I did not polish it much. I usually dust with a soft cloth or wipe down with Murphy's oil soap to really get the dust. What is the proper care procedure? Please respond My email address is carolgadolaATfinancial.wellsfargo.com Thanks

 
8/11/03

How do I care for dark pine furniture? It has quite a few nicks, it is about 30 years old and maybe a little dry. It has not been polished much. I usually wipe the dust with a soft dry cloth or wipe down with Murphy's Oil Soap diluted in water

 
8/5/03

Hello again,

I have two Teek Wood Benches that set outside. They are looking weathered. I was wondering what should I do to restore them or protect them?

Thanks just4funATzoomtown.com 08/05/03

 
8/5/03

I have 2 teek wood benches, that sit outside. They are starting too get weathered. What do I need too do to restore them and protect them?

 
8/5/03

What kind of polish should I use for a matte finish table?

 
7/30/03

 
7/30/03

I ASKED A QUESTION BEFORE, BUT I FORGET TO PUT MY E-MAIL FOR THE RESPONSE. THE QUESTION AGAIN IS: WHERE I CAN BUY A PROTECTOR FOR MY DINNING ROOM TABLE TO USE BEHING THE TABLECLOTH TO PROTECT THE WOOD AGAINST TO HEAT FROM THE PLATES, ETC...

THANK YOU,

DALIA E-MAIL : ALROSLABELSATSBCGLOBAL.NET

 
7/30/03

I WOULD LIKE TO BUY A PROTECTOR FOR MY DINING ROOM TABLE TO USE BEHIND THE TABLECLOTH, BUT I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO GET IT.

THANKS,

DALIA

 
7/28/03

I have white cloudy circles on my pine dining room table due to hot plates. How do I get rid of them. Please email me at Tellier169ATyahoo.com

 
6/21/03

We just bought a teek outdoor furniture set. Should we leave it unfinished, or put a finish on it? It will be kept under a canopy on our deck, so it will not get direct exposure to sun/rain. Thank-you. fakkstewartATpaonline.com

 
6/11/03

how do i fix A clouding discolor on the finish of our dinning room table

 
6/11/03

how do i fix A clouding discolor on the finish of our dinning room table

5/2/03

I would appreciate any help. I have a new teek dining room table that has several white rings from glasses/plates. How can I remove these marks?

jcareyloomisATnetscape.net

 
4/12/03

We have a teek dining room table that is stained a browm color. The table has some white rings that were caused by hot dished placed on table. How can we remove these stains and re finish the table eoreklowATshaw.ca

 
3/23/03

How do I remove water spots from my Oak Dinning room table? If you have any remedy that would help with this problem, I would greatly appreciate it. THANKS, patrick.taoipuATverizon.net

11/12/02

Just bought wooden dinning room table and chairs. How do I clean and care? Thank you, Faye jbracketATconc.tds.net

 
10/17/02

Hello, I have Teek Wood (This Wood is extreemly strong and very durable, also known as sleeper wood). It is in the form of approx. 2m length x 0.3m bredth x 0.15m hight. It's for sale. Please mail me if you are interested.

lucaraimoAThotmail.com Thankyou.

9/23/02

dear respectable sir, i am fine and hope same for you.dear sir i have 4th year and three month experience make of furniture.and sir please give me your phone no.and sir i passed the BA classes in first division.and note my e.mail address.( naveedakusATyahoo.com e) i am waiting for your mail.

best regards naveed

 
8/13/02

I would like to refinish my dining room teek table which is 20 years old and has water rings and needs the corners of the table sanded what products should we buy and how to start...thans joyce

ranahan333ATaol.com

 
7/13/02

I'm a Brit living in Maine, USA and have just bought an 172 year old farm house with my wife. Paint stripper and heating guns are just not doing the business, so how can I build my own dipping tank..... I certainly don't want to cut corners but I also don't want to ruin all the wood that has have years of paint thrown on it. Hope you can help. jameshoward74AThotmail.com

 
5/9/02

I live in England and want to start doing my own dip stripping of painted pine. Could you offer any advise on setting up my own tank.

Thanks gsalterpiccoAThotmail.com

 
4/17/02

Hi

Hope you can help me. I have a hundred year old house with aLOT of wood mouldings that have been painted over. Since I do not live anywher near Cyprus - can you recommend how I could set up my own dip tank to strip these pieces. I have done many weeks of off the counter chemical stripper.

Please Help!! Email jrowanATix.netcom.com

 
2/2/02

I have a wicker plant stand that has damage from water and the sun. What can I use to prevent it from splitting? wildrose246AThotmail.com

4/27/2001

I have dark pine wood furniture and want to care for it what do I use, lemon oil, orange oil or wax? Please advice brand name, product and where it is available and approx. pricing.

Thanks in anticipation of an early response.

Regards,

Jude

E-mail: jude.dcunhaATpatni.com

 
4/19/2001

I have a water ring in the middle of my dinning room table caused by a vase. The ring appeared there after only two days. The wood is bubbled and the stain has been removed in one small area. Help! My table was beautiful and only 1 year old. bearcatATpld.com

 
11/23/00

I have a dining room set I would like to refinish. What would be the best way to do this? The wood is Cherry and it is a very old set. I would like to do it myself, but if not, then do you recommend anyone?

 
11/4/00

I have an antique radio with a black lacquer finish. Can you tell me the best way to care for the finish? I have been using furniture polish, but it seems to leave a film. Could you recommend any products to care for the finish? reduffeyATwebtv.net

9/8/00

I have just applied a polyurethane finish to my dining table. How do I maintain the polyurethane finish?

thanks orvinjAThome.com

 
7/12/00

I am in desperate need of help,

I just ordered a custom built video entertainment unit for my home. When the unit arrived there was some adhesive residue on the top of the unit from a piece of tape that was holding a shipping blanket in place. I used a product called 'goo off' to remove the tape and messed up the finish on the cabinet pretty badly.

The cabinet is made of birch wood stained jet mahogany brown with a matte finish on top of it. The Goo Off changed the finish in that area to a semi gloss. It does not appear to have taken any of the color out but it definitely made that area where the tape was smooth and glossy and different from the rest of the unit.

looking for suggestions for a simple fix?

Sincerely, Carlo DiMarco carloATcollegetelevision.com

 
7/4/00

Question: I have used Old English Scratch Cover to hide some small scratches on the wood of an antique curved glass hutch, which was given to us by my Mother-in-law. After I covered the scratches quite successfully, I used the same rag to dust the ramainder of the piece. I've been accused of ruining it by making it darker than it was. Is it not true that the darkening quality covers the scratches & does not darken any finished area? Please respond & save my relationship with my Mother -in-law. I'm in deep trouble! (She had this hutch in a panelled basement with very little natural light. I have it in my dining room beside a window and against a white wall. watsonndhATyahoo.com

 
4/10/00

If you have a sticky residue it suggests you may have used two products one on top of the other that conflict with each other, please give details of what you used and on what.

 
4/8/00

aFTER REFINISHING A PIECE, i HAVE A RESIDUE OF WAX? oR SOMETHING QUITE STICKY. aNY sUGGESTIONS?

3/15/00

Dear Anita Hawks, thanks for your question, if you can leave your email address I can give you a personal response. Regards Phil Ogden Marketing.

11/10/99

I like your site Phil !! Will be sending you the templates over the next few hours!!

John L. Scott

 
10/27/99

I have a delicate carving made of some kind of softwood. Can it be stripped without harming it, it has varnish not paint on it ? One more question. Can you get old shutters with closing slats to move again after many years of painting over them ?

 
8/27/04

Hi, Do you know how I can remove a water stain from the leather (or leather-like) top of an antique beverage cart? Thank you. Cate catebeekmanAThotmail.com

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