Repair of a Water Stain on Maple Wood

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Repairing a water stain on maple wood is something you can do with the right tools and a little elbow grease. Repair a water stain on maple wood with help from a 46-year-old master precision craftsman in this free video clip.

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Hi. I'm Todd Languell, The Flying Furniture Guy at R & D Wood Shop in Scocia, New York. Today, I'm going to show you the repair of a water stain on maple wood. You can see I've got a nice maple stand here. And this stand has definitely got water damage on it. All the water damage that has seeped out over here, and definitely this big ring of damage right there. I'm going to strip half of it so you can see the contrast and the difference. I'm going to strip the top half here for you so you can see how to strip this maple wood. If you don't need to do the bottom, put paper on it so you don't get any stripper on the bottom of your work or the bottom of your furniture. Once you have it taped off in a well ventilated area, follow the instructions on the stripper. You can take this paste stripper and you can pour it straight on. Take a garbage brush and go over the top of it. What you're trying to do is you're trying to get this stripper to flow over the top of your stand. And you don't want so much that it doesn't stay in one area. You want to move it around a little bit, you want to get the edges. The key point to this stripper is an even coat of the stripper and then you just have to let it work. You have to follow the instructions. You need about fifteen minutes for this stripper to work. So we'll come back in about fifteen minutes. Oh, another key point before we go is if it starts to dry in any one particular area, go over it very lightly with a little bit more stripper and try to wet that area back down again. So what we'd like to do at this point is we like to go ahead and start with scraping. And when I like to scrape I like to scrape it into a catch basin so I'm not throwing it all over the floor. Now if there are any other areas that need a little bit more work, we're going to use steel wool at this time. But I did want to take a second and talk about the scraper itself. You need to make sure that this scraper right here has got a very dull edge. You're trying to get this scraper right here on your furniture, but with a dull edge because this is soft and you can easily gouge and lift up a piece of grain without even trying. So make sure that your scraper is real dull. Now at this point you need to neutralize the stripper. There's a couple of different ways that you can neutralize the stripper. You can use sawdust to neutralize, oops, you can use sawdust to neutralize your stripper. And by using sawdust to neutralize your stripper you're not adding any more water or anything else to the table. You just wipe it on and you wipe it off. And what's great about the sawdust is that you get a hundred percent coverage and it dries it off real nice. I'm going to show you the contrast here. Now at this point you're going to need a, some type of sander and you can use a hand sander if you want or you can use a block of wood and sandpaper and I'll show you that right now. OK. At this point you're going to sand. You want to sand in the direction of the grain, emphasizing those points that need a little bit more attention. OK. You can see all the stripper's gone, the water mark is gone and most of all the damage. Some of these real large deep scratches, they're simply not going to come out. I don't care what you try to do. You can go really really far, because this is a solid table versus a piece of veneer. You can try to get those out but sometimes I think you're going to create more damage by trying to get those scratches out than if you just leave them in. At this point you can use any type of conventional stain that you want to put back over the top of this. This was a maple stain so I would just go ahead and use a maple stain right back on it because the whole bottom half of this table is in decent condition. You can stain it, wait twenty four hours and then polyurethane it with a couple of coats of polyurethane and that should take care of all the damage and the water marks on your piece of furniture. And I'm Todd Languell, The Flying Furniture Guy. And this was the repair of water stain on maple wood.

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