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Hi Greg, I have a new dining table that is giving me grief. Fabric will stick to the finish and actually ruin it.  This has happened several times now with a table runner and a place mat.  No food or drink is being placed on the runner or mat. Nothing wet at all.  The finish on the table is beautiful and it is smooth and dry to the touch.  I have not used any cleaners or polishes on it.  The table runner had a satin like finish so I didn't think it would be a problem but it stuck in one very small place.   It does not buff out completely and you can feel and see the mark. It looks as tho something dissolved or melted into the  finish.  I truly do not understand this. The table top is walnut veneers in a  sunburst pattern and an ebony black inlay border with light burnishing. Iíve gone back to reviews for the table and found nothing negative.  Would you have any idea as to why this is happening? And what can I do to prevent it? I couldn't quite capture the marks with the camera but I have attached a pic of the table top.  Thank You in Advance for your  time.

Hi Marcia, how aggravating this is!....if the runner is made from a man made fiber, (like polyester,Rayon, etc), or if they used something in the dying process or finishing process of the cloth, there is a possibility that the fabric is reacting with the finish and causing a chemical reaction...a chemical "burn" if you will. But that's unlikely...if you're placing weight on top of the runner, the increased contact areas could be enhancing this process as well. That's the only thing I can think of, as the table looks very nice, and I'm sure the manufacturer is using an industry standard type of finish. Have you approached them about the issue?....I would stick with natural fabrics for placemats and runners, (likely harder to do) and see what they can offer as a suggestion. Please keep me informed, as I'm interested to hear what they may say.


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Questions on Woodworking, wood finishing and refinishing of all kinds, repairing furniture and wooden objects,Architectural details, Woodturning, carving, tool usage, product usage, some chemistry as it applies to woodworking and related interests,cabinet making and furniture construction/design, etc. I have experience with all manners of colorants, finishes, paints, stains, dyes, glazes, and coatings,wood species recognition,usage,etc.


Fine furniture restorer and cabinet maker for over 30 years,serving high end Antique dealers, Interior designers, Collectors in the CT area. Sold, built, serviced, setup Home,Industrial and Commercial stationary woodworking tools for a major tool retailer in CT. for three years, sold hand and power tools, and offered instruction on use and care as well.I even have some Trade show Demo experience.

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Published in Fine Woodworking Magazine (12/97), included on Fine Woodworkings first "Best of Fine Woodworking" CD-ROM (2002)-("27 year compilation of expert know-how"),Multiple times in Family Handyman Magazine, local newspapers as well.

Art School at Silvermine Guild in Norwalk, CT., 9 year apprenticeship in a European run Cabinet and Restoration shop in CT., various classes on subjects having to do with the field. Seminars by Major tool manufacturers, Delta, Powermatic, Performax, Porter Cable, Skil/Bosch to name a few.

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Many varied clients including work on Martha Stewarts' Westport, CT. show house, many fine Antique dealers and private collectors in and around Fairfield County and in Woodbury, CT.(the Antiques capital of CT.)
Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.), local Museums and Historical Societies.For the last two years I have been employed with Schwenke Auctioneers Inc.- Woodbury Auction LLC., as a staff photographer,IT tech,and doing restoration and repair work as well.

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