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by Ron Joseph

July, 2004

Kitchen Table Finish

Q. We recently purchased a Broyhill Table made of distressed oak finished with Nitrocellulose Lacquer. Withen 10 days, we had water ring marks on the table. I am a cautious person and never expected this to happen to the table of what I thought to be superior quality. Is this common with this type of lacquer not to seal the top?

A. Although nitrocellulose lacquers were used exclusively on high quality furniture in the past, it is rarely used as a furniture finish today. Broyhill is a quality manufacturer and for them to use lacquer on the oak table indicates that is a quality piece of furniture. It adds more beauty than utility to the room.

Water spotting is common for nitrocellulose lacquer finishes and I sense you are a cautious person. You may need to be extra cautious when serving liquid drinks. One way to avoid the water spotting is to apply a coat of simonize auto paste wax to the surface and buff it with a soft T shirt or diaper cloth. If you use this treatment a couple times a year, you will enhance the beauty of the table and provide durability to the surface.

Best regards,
Tom Burke

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