How do you remove french polish from furniture?
French polish is a solution of the shellac in methylated spirits ( denatured ethyl alcohol). This is applied first by brush usually and then many layers with a cloth and finally rubbed with more and more linseed or vegetable oil on the cloth. After much work a mirror finish can be achieved. So removal merely meaqns washing well with spirit and brushing that into the grain with an old toothbrush for example. There are proprietary gels which can be used, such as Rustins Varnish Remover, but they are more necessary for paint like varnishes.
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We had a massive amount of nail polish spilled on our beautful hardwood floors. We scrubbed & scrubbed with mineral spirits and that worked, but took a LOT of elbow grease! Th…en we sprayed on some hairspray, left it on for about 15 seconds and the nail polish WIPED RIGHT OFF!!! Amazing! We tried several different brands and the one that worked the best was TRESemme Tres Two Extra Hold aerosol. We also used a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser which made the job go even faster. . I just wanted to say we also had a massive amount of nail polish on our beautiful hardwood floors and we used TRESemme Tres Two Extra Hold aerosol and a non abrasive scrubber and a lot of elbow grease and it came off pretty easy. You saved my daughter's life thank you. . Do not apply nail polish remover to the stain; it will quickly damage finish. Instead, soften the nail polish by rubbing it with a cloth saturated in mineral spirits. CAUTION: Dry-cleaning spot remover and mineral spirits are poisonous and flammable. Follow caution on labels. Use in well-ventilated area. Do not use near flame, spark, or pilot light. Do not smoke. Do not get on skin or clothing. If the finish is hard, apply paste wax with fine 0000 steel wool in the direction of the grain. Apply a small amount of oil to an oil finish. [Info from the Home Maintenance And Repair Database at the Michigan State University website] . Actually water and nail polish remover just ruin the wood furnishing leaving those unbearable stains. What you need is either the magic eraser or hair spray as weird as that sounds but it actually worked for me. just apply to the nail polish stain on a damp warm cloth and that should do the trick.
Answer . Sorry, but you're going to have to strip your table and revarnish it. Go to your hardware store and ask them for advice as to how to do this effectively.
put paint on it then get a used coat and wipe it. make sure the paint is still wet.
Please, please, please do not "strip" your furniture just to remove wax buildup. Understand that "stripping" your furniture removes its original finish all the way down to the… bare wood. This is not good for your furniture and if your treasured piece is an antique, "stripping" and refinishing will decrease its monetary value by as much as half. Would you remove the paint finish on your car because it was too hard to remove the dried turtle wax on the surface? The same principle applies here. It is safer for your wood finish to have coating of wax than to be "stripped" of its finish altogether. In fact it's preferable. A good wax coating actually protects a wood's finish from many household pollutants such as cigarette smoke. And in environments where there is a lack of humidity, the wax will also protect the wood from splitting. Also understand that wax buildup is a sign that your furniture's finish needs a proper cleaning, not a "stripping". Wax buildup is noticeable when a wax-base or oil-base furniture polish is applied over and over again without a proper buffing of its surface. The furniture surface will look dull. It might even feel slightly sticky to the touch. There are two methods to try to remove excess build up. One is to actually buff the piece with a soft lint-free rag. Old yet clean cloth diapers are perfect (if you can find them). First wipe off any excess dust then buff in a circular motion with some pressure applied to the surface. Keep doing this until the surface becomes less dull and sticky. If your cloth gets dirty, change to a clean one. Remember you want to remove and smooth out the excess wax on the furniture, not reapply it. Finish by buffing again with another clean cloth with the grain of the wood. If this is done properly, you will feel that your arms have gotten a good workout. Don't be afraid to use a little elbow grease. If this does not work to your satisfaction or if the wax build up is too old, then its time to remove the excess wax. There are several products on the market designed to do just that. My favorite is a product called Vernax and is produced by the Hagerty's silver polish people. This can be purchased at Harry's Ace Hardware, any good antique furniture store, or online at http://hagertyusa.com/home/products/vernax.htm This is not a furniture stripper but is designed to remove excess wax, dirt and oils and will not harm your finish as long as it is used properly. To use apply a little to a clean cloth (not to the wood surface). Then buff the surface of the wood as describe above going first in a circular motion and then with the grain of the wood until dry. You will see a difference immediately. Remember a little will go a long way. After the Vernax treatment, I usually follow up with a good beeswax and/or carnuba wax based furniture polish which does not contain any linseed oil or silicone. Briwax or Johnson's paste wax is acceptable. The paste wax is applied in the same manner as the Vernax. Remember to keep changing cloths until they no longer pick up any residue and that a little wax goes along way. I use this method maybe once a year on furniture that is not in heavy use and twice a year on pieces that are in use everyday. The finish is maintained by weekly or bi-monthly dusting and buffing using only clean lint-free cloths. I use no other furniture polish or sprays other than what I've mentioned here on this website. I have even made my own beeswax furniture polish. The formula and its applications can be found on this Website under "How do you make beeswax furniture polish?" As a curator, I've seen the damage done to beautiful furniture by overzealous, but well-meaning, do-it-yourself restorers. It takes practice and lots a patience to properly "strip" and restore a finish. In many cases where the finish is botched, the piece can be restored but its monetary value has dropped to almost nil. And the cost to properly refinish a treasured piece of furniture is exorbitant and not worth the value of the piece. Therefore Great-Grandmother's Hope Chest gets moved out into the garage and used as a tool chest or worst yet, tossed out into the garbage. Murphy's oil soap is an easily found product, and works on some finishes. Do be careful, though as it will cloud some finishes. Those are best cleaned using the methods above. Never use a brillo pad, only 0000 steel wool. COMMENT: Let me just say that Vernax, IS NOT, designed to remove EXCESS WAX. It is a cleaner, but not that kind of cleaner. I contacted Hagerty, maker of Vernax. They said that they had heard about the comment made online in regards to this claim. However it is untrue. They do have a great cleaner, polish and protectant. A wax remover, they do not have. So, save the $15 to $20, and put it in your gas tank. Your welcome.
Before repainting any furniture or cabinets, it's a good idea to wash it first with trisodium phosphate (TSP), which is found in the paint section of the hardware store. To re…move heavy wax build-up, use mineral spirits or paint thinner, rags, and lots of elbow grease. You might have to use fine steel wool, especially if the wax is in crevices. Remember, your goal is to remove the wax, not damage the wood. Any wax left on the wood will prevent the paint from sticking as it should, and you will be left with streaks.
I tried once by socking the fabric with vaceline after that I let it sit for a couple of minutes. After you have done this you should put some acetone or nail poish remover on… a piece of cotton and rub it on the fabric. It worked for me and i hope it works for you.
you could paint the wood with another color.
you can buy furniture stainer for that same reason. it also works or water stains and scraches.
It's worth a try.
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I use Guardesman furniture cleaner, or Murphy's Oil soap, or Briwax. Do not let water sit on the wood as it will raise the grain.
Windex, I'm not kidding i dropped a box of nail polish on my head and it got over the carpet and my chairs i tired nail polish remover and then hot water and soap gave up th…en look up how to get it off carpets and it came off so i tired it on my chairs and it worked. took time and hard work but it worked
there is no way to do it, just remove it with nail polish cleaner, sand the damaged part, and paint it white again. I tried the hairspray method and I used a Q-tip. I used …the Fruitectis hairspray and i sprayed it on the Q-tip then rubbed the fingernail polish. It took a lot of squirts and scrubs but it did come off and the paint is fine. I could NOT believe it ! very happy !
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By furniture polish I assume you mean the waxy buildup from using pledge or endust furniture polish? Both of these can be removed by using denatured alcohol on a soft cloth. L…emon oil or orange oil as well can strip waxes off furniture finishes. However, if the furniture has a "French Polish" of shellac and linseed oil, alcohol, water or oils could damage that. Instead a clean slightly damp rag with a little saddle soap and light rubbing could remove it. DO NOT wet the surface as it could cause shellac to whiten. Always work in small areas and dry the surface immediately, test initially on the underside of the furniture before doing the top surface. After cleaning the surface the polish can be touched up with a balled up rag with a little linseed oil and worked in with a figure 8 motion. A few drops of denatured alcohol will help spread the oil but do not use more than a few drops at a time. Do not wax a french polish. For other surface treatments, butchers wax with a little alcohol is good for polishing, clean with denatured alcohol. Most spray on polishes are carnauba wax and lemon or orange oil.