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    Default Parker Dining table with odd coloured extensions

    Hello Everyone.

    I have a golden teak veneer MCM dining table that Iím attempting to renovate. Being a amateur Iíve taken the careful route (no electric sanding or stripper) and hand sanded the table top using 180, 240 and 320 grit, afterwards cleaning the table up with mentholated spirits and grade 2 steel wool.

    The problem is the table top is golden teak but the two end extensions are dark. I canít put it down to fading because itís too radical.

    Iíve tried to attach a photo to this post but canít figure out how to do it.

    Anyway, what are my options? I did want a golden teak which is pretty typical of MCM Parker.

    Should I get the courage up and try stripping the two extensions back to the original. If thatís even possible.

    If so what stripper do I use?

    Was planning on mixing Cabots Danish Oil with Wattyl Craftsman Traditional Stain to achieve the golden teak finish.

    Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

    Von
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    I still think that it is sun bleached, stripping it back probably won't change the colour. may need bleach the extender leaves to match.

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    Someone must have re done the ends darker. The ends are normally the faded parts and the leaves which dont get used as much are stored away not getting as much light so stay darker.

    Do some tests and see if the darkness strips off on a small patch . Some colour jobs are sitting on top of the old polish job. thats good if it is . Or some were striped and sanded then re stained dark . Thats not so good .

    If its been re stained dark into the wood then you have to try and see if it will cabinet scrape off or sand off after stripping .

    Just a gel stripper should be OK . Im using a new type for me . Anchor brand Professional One Shot Multi Layer Paint Stripper.
    I like it .
    I stain and get colour sorted then apply oil finish . Not mix together . What ever works though . I mix some colours with shellac if needed . Different thing .

    Rob

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    Default Hereís a better photo of the table

    I took a better photo of the table. As you can see the colour I wanted was the existing golden teak like the top and body of the table.

    I need advice on exactly how to finish this piece.

    Many thanks for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pictureman View Post
    I still think that it is sun bleached, stripping it back probably won't change the colour. may need bleach the extender leaves to match.
    So how would I go about bleaching the extensions?

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    Default Hereís another photo

    I have hopefully uploaded another photo but who knows.
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    I did not work for Parker although I did work for a "sister" company, on occasion a table with contrasting extension leaves would be requested by a customer, this may well be what you have
    if this is the case the only way the change them would be the re veneer the leaves.

    P.S. While you have it apart you may want to replace the felt runners.

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    Ahh itís a draw leaf table . Just noticed the last picture .
    What I said before isn't right then . The end leaves of these live under the top and usually remain darker because of that . I thought it was a loose leaf where the ends open out and the gap left takes leaves stored somewhere else .

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    I sanded the solid table legs today and they are a golden teak colour just like the table top. It just confirmed that Iíd rather finish the table a golden teak colour.

    So whatís involved with bleaching the extensions? Can a rank amateur do it?

    many thanks
    Von

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    Golly, I hadnít notices anything wrong with the runners. And thereís another thing to fix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auscab View Post
    Ahh itís a draw leaf table . Just noticed the last picture .
    What I said before isn't right then . The end leaves of these live under the top and usually remain darker because of that . I thought it was a loose leaf where the ends open out and the gap left takes leaves stored somewhere else .
    Yes these extensions have never seen daylight.

    My better half told me not to worry about it as the table will never be extended but Iíd like to do the job right. Iím not going to add a finish until Iíve exhausted other options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by China View Post
    I did not work for Parker although I did work for a "sister" company, on occasion a table with contrasting extension leaves would be requested by a customer, this may well be what you have
    if this is the case the only way the change them would be the re veneer the leaves.

    P.S. While you have it apart you may want to replace the felt runners.
    Sorry, didn't read your post properly. You said "felt runners". Where should the felt runners be located under the table?

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    Parker Furniture eh. So that would be veneered chipboard that people paid a fortune for?
    Experienced in removing the tree from the furniture

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    Yes usually a strip of thin felt under the main top on each side to stop the extension pieces rubbing timber to timber

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    rod194 Correct now they sell for more than the did when new

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