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Bob K posted 02-02-2002 10:42 AM ET (US)   Profile for Bob K   Send Email to Bob K  
All you super-experienced guys are probably tired of getting questions from the rookies, but here's another one. Got a 60's 13' with really badly stained mahogany. I'm currently stripping the wood, using heat gun to soften and chemical remover to get the tuff stuff off. But there are dark, blotchy stains in the wood. Any suggestions for removing the stains before I refinish the wood?
Also, what is the best finish to use? I am thinking about Sikkens Cetol.
Thanks for your help.
marsh1 posted 02-03-2002 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for marsh1  Send Email to marsh1     
I am also a rookie, but I am a woodworker...
as far as fixing the old wood....I bought new
stuff...5/4(1 inch thick) honduras mahogany... cut, sand(to a furniture finish) and I am going to use 3 coats of tounge oil and 7 coats of interlux 95 clipper(old name) clear varnish....I got this recipe out of a book about refinising brightwork cant recall the actual title at this hour... check back tommorow
marsh1 posted 02-04-2002 04:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for marsh1  Send Email to marsh1     
sorry bob, I was watching the superbowl and trying to type, so i really did not answer your question. your old mahogany may need to be planed in a surface planer, if not just merely sanded to get the darker stains out...
then oiled and varnished after you have run through the proper succesions of sanding(100;120;150;180;220;wet sand after first coat of oil with 600 wet/dry) anyway thats why i brought up the new wood route.... true honduran mahogany is still available and is very nice(3.50-3.75/bf) there is also a new type from s.america that has more of a tiger type of striation within the usual grain...
Bigshot posted 02-04-2002 04:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Try teak brightener /cleaner or bleach.
where2 posted 02-05-2002 12:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Teak Brightener/Wood Bleach is actually "Oxalic Acid" which can be purchased at your local boat supply in the form of a powder which you mix with water. Lightens up some darkened areas, but will not cure all of them. When the pros were refinishing my 40 year old red oak floors, I had a badly blackened spot in one room which they tried this on. They finally ripped up 3 boards and replaced them.
tabasco posted 02-10-2002 07:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Here is a hint i heard from a woodworker- use a steamer....they even advertise those home steamers on infomercials for $50.He swears buy them to remove dark wood stains

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