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I inherited a dining room set from my grandmother that has been in my family for several generations. Unfortunately my grandmother had a felt backed tablecloth covering the table for many years. The felt seems to have melted into the finish. I have tried many things to remove it but it just seems like it is a part of the finish. And the finish almost seems gummy. It is a beautiful set and I would like to restore it. What should I do? I am new to this and I certainly don't want to ruin it. Thank you for your help.

Hi Stephanie
Nice to hear from you.
If you have already tried several methods to remove this, its likely you will have to take drastic measures to remove this felt you say has melted into the finish.
No doubt you have already tried mineral spirits, lacquer thinner and alchohol.
So the final fix is to refinish the top.
Paint stripper will remove this without question but it removes everything down to bare wood and the top will have to have the finish replaced.
Stephanie this is not a big job for a pro and should not be hugely costly.
It sounds to me like this lovely old family heirloom deserves a proper fix by a pro.
Now, if you decide you want to do this yourself, I will give you the info but I will want some pictures of the table and damage.

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Eileen Cronk


Hi..I can answer most questions about the repairing,stripping and refinishing of all your old furniture and wood items(the things we call antiques)I can give advice about what to buy/avoid at auctions/flea markets. I do not give appraisals on antiques.


I have been refinishing antiques for the past 30yrs. While I have taken several courses over the years,I have found that "hands on" learning is the best teacher. Perhaps I can help you avoid some of the mistakes I made while learning.

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