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Hi,  I have a veneered top rosewood table from 1987.  When I purchased it, the store gave me Palisander oil to maintain the finish.  I used that for years and when I ran out, the store had disappeared and I could  not find the product anywhere, so I used tung oil.  Now I have scratching from use and it needs a good cleaning. Is removing the finishes and starting over is the best solution or should I continue with the tung oil?  I don't know where to go from here. If starting over is the solution, how do I get there?  If continuing with the tung oil...what can I use the clean the table top.  Many thanks

Sorry for the slow response; we travel to three different states in our wood care business.
I see where you switched from Palisander oil to tung oil.
When you say tung oil; are you referring to a refurbisher or finish?

Your scratches; how severe are the scratches?
If you run your finger nail across the scratch; does your finger nail catch in the scratch?
If your nail catches; it usually has to be melted-in; as the scratch would be too deep for liquids to fill.

Cleaning the table; this can be answered when I receive your answer to the above questions.

From the information in your e-mail; it sounds like you will probably have to start over.

Would it be possible to send a picture of the top of the table with the scratches being shown?

I would be glad to help you through the starting over; when I have your answers.

Joe Eldredge
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We have been in the wood care business for almost 30 years (we are still learning) We do refurbishing and touch-up of furniture, paneling, antiques etc. The number one question that we receive; is what do I use on my furniture, to keep it looking moisturized, clean and get the depth perception back into the finish. I believe we can help on products to use and answer questions on why we don't use certain products that are available to us. I am sure that there are many questions on wood care that we can't answer; but, give us a try anyway. We find that many people use products for maintaining the wooden furniture, etc., and can't understand the reason it looks worse as they continue to use certain products. Most people use the products that their mothers and grandmothers used. Finishes on furniture have come a long way; from shellacs, waxes, varnishes etc. Give us an email and see if we can help with some of your questions and concerns.


Have worked in Omni, Brown Palace etc. hotels. Have refurbish items in the Colorado Govenors mansion and the Colorado Capital building etc. We have been caring for millions of dollars worth of furniture and antiques for large corporations for years.

Have received certificates from numerous companies who teach wood care clases through-out the country.

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