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post #1 of 5 Old 06-11-2019, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Problem with my secretary’s finish?

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Size:  437.6 KBHi everyone. I keep getting this cloudy, milky white, almost water spot-like effect whenever I clean my mahogany secretary. No matter what kind of cleaner I use it’s always there - Pledge, Resor-A-Finish, plain water, etc.

I don’t think it’s a residue, as it doesn’t flake off or itself scratch, but it’s driving me crazy. It appears after whatever cleaner or water I use dries.

Anyone have any ideas? Could it be a problem with the underlying finish itself?

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-11-2019, 09:08 PM
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I never had any problem with my secretaries finish. I always did a careful interview and view.

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post #3 of 5 Old 06-11-2019, 09:20 PM
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The finish is just getting old and dried out. Try rubbing the spots with rubbing compound like you use on a car and then apply polish. Just don't use Turtle wax brand compound. Use something like 3m or Metuiar's. It shouldn't take too much elbow grease doing by hand with a rag.

If you think there is a chance someday you might refinish the secretary stop using aerosol furniture polish especially pledge. They contain silicone which goes through the finish into the wood and stays there. When refinishing the silicone can make the new finish bead up like water on a freshly waxed car. Google fisheye in a finish to see what I mean.

You could use paste wax or car polishes to get away from the silicone.
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I would try T-Cut as used on my car for haze or scratches,
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Mayonnaise? Apply and wipe off the excess.

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