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    Discoloration in beech

    Hi all,

    I acquired a 40+ year old french foosball table (Bonzini) and am in the process of refurbishing it, including stripping and refinishing the beech cabinet.

    There were a few deep scratches in the cabinet that had breached the varnish (first photo), and once I had stripped off the varnish in these places, you could see that the wood was darker (second photo). I sanded for a bit but the stain seems to go fairly deep and I stopped. I tried laundry bleach and oxalic acid but those did nothing.

    My final finish will be clear polyurethane so I'm hoping to minimize the stain, if at all possible. I could use A/B bleach, but I fear that will produce three high-contrast colors: original wood, bleached wood, and perhaps slightly lighter stained part.

    Any recommendations for what to try to minimize the stain without creating too much white wood?

    Many thanks in advance!


    Last edited by Kevin Stewart; 02-07-2013 at 7:51 PM.

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