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Fixing a Wood Table With a Nail Polish Remover Stain

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Nail polish remove can stain your wooden furniture if it gets spilled. Because it may have attacked the finish, it can be difficult to remove the stain. This is a guide about fixing a wood table with a nail polish remover stain.


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April 3, 201214 found this helpful

Regarding nail polish remover spilled on real wood table. Yes! The hot iron with white washcloth worked WONDERS! I was stunned!

By Jojo from Texas

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May 18, 20170 found this helpful

Didn't work

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May 25, 2017

My daughter was using nail polish remover and spilled some on our wooden dining table. There are now white areas where the finish is damaged. Any ideas on how to fix this?

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May 27, 20170 found this helpful

Any repairs will probably depend on how large an area was damaged, whether finish was destroyed, whether color was removed, the kind of wood as well as the color and whether it is a high gloss finish.

If it is a valuable table you may want to talk to an expert before trying any of the "remedies" suggested.

Color crayons/pencils can even be found at the dollar store if you want to try that route but just adding color will not repair a messed up wood finish.

Here are a couple of links that you might want to review before trying any method.

http://homeguid … -wood-77112.html

http://www.thri … f395870.tip.html … ch?v=Nb8wSfpzsE4

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January 2, 20121 found this helpful

My daughter spilt nail varnish remover on our small table. The stain is white and very rough; what can I do to put it right? The table is made of yew, and highly polished.


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January 11, 20120 found this helpful
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Since this was nail polish remover, it has done to the table what it was meant to do to your nails; removed (or at least ruffled) the finish. So the sanding and refinishing will be necessary. Probably the whole table top since you will probably never be able to match the refinished area to the rest of the tabletop.

An alternative to consider is painting instead of staining the wood. Being sure to sand with the grain of the wood, get the roughness restored to as smooth as possible. If you have to spot sand too much, you may create a dip of sorts in the surface. So sand the rest of the tabletop as well, at least the surrounding areas...always with the grain, never against. Then paint the table top with a complimentary paint color. Painting is much easier to do as well as it covers the affected spot better than any stain would especially since you may not be able to sand far enough down to get all the original stain/finish off.

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April 27, 2017

I've spilt nail polish remover on the top and down the front of my bedside table, which is pine. How can I remove this without wrecking it? Help!

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April 27, 20170 found this helpful

Yes, a definite sanding and refinishing is necessary :(

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August 9, 20120 found this helpful

I spilled finger nail polish remover on my wood table. Is there anything I can do to restore the finish?


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August 10, 20121 found this helpful
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Really, the only thing you can do is to refinish the whole top. Sand it down good and reapply some polyurethane. Being the klutz that I am, I have now refinished my coffee table 3 times! LOL

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July 19, 2016

I was doing my nails at the dining room table, I will not do that again. The bottle of nail polish remover spilled and ate a place about 5 by 5 inches of the stain off of my table. Is there any easier fix than refinishing the entire table top?

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July 23, 20160 found this helpful

Bald's Balm Finish Restorer. You might have to send away for it. Check Lee Valley Tools.

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April 8, 2011

I dropped a bottle of nail polish on our tile floor and it splattered on the leg of our table. My hubby used nail polish remover before I could tell him no and now there are dull lighter white spots, almost like a water stains, on the wood and the varnish is gone.

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