My daughter decided she wanted a Harry Potter themed room and I had just the desk for her to use. I purchased this in an “antique” store about 20 years ago and it needed a little TLC. A mysterious someone would not use coasters on this desk and left water rings on the top.
I am showing the hinges because I am usually a stickler for removing all doors but I was afraid if I took these off, I may not be able to put them back perfectly.
I did do my research and chose what was suggested at a local woodcraft supplier. They had been spot on in the past so I gave their suggestion a shot. They had suggested restor-a-finish and I chose dark walnut as the color. You can go to the Howard website to get specific direction on application. For water or heat rings, they suggested applying with steel wool. I used a synthetic steel extra fine ‘0000’ and fine ‘000’. The wood guy said to put restor-a-finish on the steel wool and rub it pretty hard in the direction of the grain. I did this for 4 applications because I couldn’t quite get the rings out.
He also said put a pretty good bit on, rub it in pretty hard because you’re trying to lift the wood grain a little, then wipe off.
As you can see, there are still a number of water marks still in the desk, so I can’t say this was a success. The desk may have been too far gone for this easy of a repair. 🙂 Since it’s going to be in a girls room, I am going to wait for the in-depth repair. The wood everywhere else looked great, though. I would suggest restor-a-finish if you have an older piece and it needs refreshening or if the scratches or marks on it are minor. I would also try it if I had a water ring or two.