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Lacewood Table Problem2/3
Did a tabletop with lacewood veneer, nitro lacquer finish, and then a coat of wax(butcher's). Client's had it for about a month and called to say there is a hand sized area where the grain looks grey. I've attached his photo(table 1) below. I'm concerned that it might be the wax?? What would a solution be, or could there be another cause? Thanks
Not a fan of straight nitro lacquer for table tops. Not really great for holding up to heat and steam. Neither is butcher's wax. I'm thinking a spill of hot liquid, or too hot of serving tray with moisture getting under it. Scrub it down with lots of mineral spirits and scotchbrite to remove the wax, then recoat the lacquer. Then tell them to really protect it from heat and moisture. Wipe up moisture instantly. If you have to wax, I prefer micro-crystalline.
Nitro would be my last choice for a tabletop. Pre-cat at the least if you're set on nitro. CV would be a much better choice.
I agree to steer clear of the butchers wax and go with the micro-crystalline.
Your issue appears to be a moisture problem to me. Sometimes just wiping with naptha will clear that up. But it will come back over and over - you need to get rid of that butchers wax! ;-)
If you're going to try and strip the wax, be sure to wash and rinse down with TSP (a few times) before trying to spray nitro again. Good luck - let us know how you make out.
Thanks to both of you! I looked at the table and for now I added color to each of the spots to get it to blend in. I'll see how this works for going more aggressively with it. I told ,my client no moisture or heat. The exact cause remains a mystery. Thanks again.