Repairing some water damage - advice.

Old 02-18-18, 05:04 AM
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Repairing some water damage - advice.


I have an oak fire place (combination of solid oak and veneer) that managed to take on some water damage on the top, leaving some dark marks.

I've had a go at trying to remove the water damage, but it seemed to have penetrated somewhat, so I've sanded the top down. It's got to a point where the grain pattern seems to have disappeared (almost looks random now!), This is particularly where the container was sat that caused the water damage.

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I'm not sure which parts of the fireplace are veneer.

Anyone able to advise what has happened to the grain? Has the water penetrating through damaged it? If I keep going will I get back to the grain? Have I gone through the veneer? Is there a fix?

Many thanks,
Old 02-18-18, 05:09 AM
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It's hard to tell from the photo if the top is veneer but it is possible. If you have sanded and the grain has disappeared you've likely sanded through the veneer and are seeing the plywood or particle board underneath. The only real repair is to replace the veneer which isn't difficult. You'll just need to decide if it's worth the cost and effort.

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