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Old 23rd Aug 2019, 5:54 pm   #1
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Default Speaker cabinet refurbishment.

I need to tidy these speakers up a little, I just need some advice of treating the cabinets. They are marked as can be seen, and they are rough to touch. I was going to use some stain and danish oil, however how do I remove the stains ect. It is veneer over chipboard.
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Old 24th Aug 2019, 4:02 pm   #2
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Wipe over with white spirit to see what they will look like when varnished.
If still poor, then the existing finish will need to be removed and the surface smoothed. The veneer could be very thin and is easily rubbed through.
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Old 24th Aug 2019, 5:41 pm   #3
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Treat them with scratch cover polish (a few brands available, just google it). You may find that that is enough. If it isn't, sand down and refinish using Wilko quick dry satin varnish.
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Old 25th Aug 2019, 1:29 pm   #4
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I've used this stuff on tables, chairs and other furniture - available for various wood types: -

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Howard-RF10...type=ss&sr=1-1
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Rub down with fine wire wool then treat with Danish oil? I have had good results on a water stained coffee table using this method.
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Old 27th Aug 2019, 8:12 pm   #6
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That looks like teak to me so oil is the right finish. Best not to stain it.
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Old 28th Aug 2019, 10:11 am   #7
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I'd definitely go the oil way. Either Teak Oil or Danish Oil. Could be worth trying it out on the bottom of the cabinet first, so you get a feel for the absorbency of the wood and to what extent the colour changes when the oil is absorbed.

Personally, I like Danish Oil because it leaves a matt, not shiny finish.
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Old 28th Aug 2019, 10:25 am   #8
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There seem to be several formulations of both teak and Danish oil based on linseed oil with additives to hasten drying. I bet that at extremes the formulations overlap. I have had very good results from Danish oil including on a "slate" clock!
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Beware when using these oils. The rag you used to apply it can be a fire hazard by spontaneous combustion. Linseed is notorious.

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Old 28th Aug 2019, 3:55 pm   #10
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Fireworks! Will be carefull thanks. The only thing I am concerned about is I will be left with patches as there is already, I would assume I will have to get them a even colour in the first place.

Thanks for the comments so far.
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Old 28th Aug 2019, 4:46 pm   #11
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Beware when using these oils. The rag you used to apply it can be a fire hazard by spontaneous combustion. Linseed is notorious.

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Indeed.

The solution is to open the rag out, and not leave it wadded up in a lump.

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Old 28th Aug 2019, 4:57 pm   #12
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I didn't know this, after googling and watching a video I feel stupid not knowing.
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Old 28th Aug 2019, 6:58 pm   #13
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I have treated patchy surfaces with fine wire wool followed by several coats of Danish oil with good results. The more problematical area could be the partly faded panel in the second photograph. There will always be some shading but that happens with wood anyway. Could you try a less visible area first?
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