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Removing white polish from veneer cracks

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I recently purchased a speaker with an espresso matt finish on the veneer.
I found the finish too matt so i decided to try and polish it. Stupidly i used a white wax i had lying around and now there's white streaks in all the cracks in the veneer.
I then used 0000 steel wool to try and get some of it out and this just made it look 10 times worse.
Today i spent around 5 hours with a tiny brown marker filling the cracks and it improved but on close inspection it still looks awful.

Does anyone have any tips on removing it without having to restain the veneer?
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You might try wiping the surface with Naphtha. If there's an inconspicuous place to do this that's where I would start.

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You might try wiping the surface with Naphtha. If there's an inconspicuous place to do this that's where I would start.

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Thank you David.
I have updated my location. I couldn't find anything about Naptha in Norway so i tried some White Spirit or Mineral Spirit with a toothbrush.
I feel like it helped slightly but there's still some left in the cracks.
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Naphtha is a little 'hotter' than those you mentioned but not so 'hot' it will dissolve your finish. But it will likely remove the polish, especially if you use the toothbrush.

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Naphtha is a little 'hotter' than those you mentioned but not so 'hot' it will dissolve your finish. But it will likely remove the polish, especially if you use the toothbrush.

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So after reading about it, it seems it's basically lighter fluid. So i guess i can try and find some tomorrow.
Also i polished a metal emblem on top of the speaker and it seems i spilt over a little and now a square around the emblem is quite shiny compared to the rest of the finish. Any idea how to matten this down without destroying the finish?
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Can you post a photo?

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Alzar, you might try a shoe shine brush to polish the wax.

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I tried all solutions i could possibly think of and it did not remove it completely and the finish just didn't look as nice anymore.
I decided to sand the finish off and refinish it. The veneer underneath will look gorgeous in a more natural finish however after being finished in a dark color there is remnants of the dark finish still in the wood.
I don't wanna sand it any more as i'm afraid to go through the veneer.
Does anyone have any idea how to get rid of this? I was thinking a paint stripper might remove it?
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Stopping sanding. And maybe calling artistic beauty on purpose, instead of problem?
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Stopping sanding. And maybe calling artistic beauty on purpose, instead of problem?
I don't really see how it is artistic beauty as it was not intended to be sanded down, so the remnants of the dark finish in the veneer wouldn't be intentional?
If you mean by me sanding down the finish at all, unfortunately the finish didn't look good anymore. After trying multiple cleaners, trying using a marker, brushes etc.

Here's a picture of what it looks like now. To me this looks better than the old worn dark finish that hides the beautiful veneer.
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Also they do sell the speaker in a natural finish from factory that i will be trying to match as close as possible.
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I am understanding desire to make perfect finish. Photo is looking good to me, so maybe stopping now better than risking more damage. If stopping now, also telling friends this is how you were wanting it. Maybe others here are offering good advice, but also every change making more risk of damage with thin veneer.
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That looks a lot like zebrawood.
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