If neither polishing nor alcohol treatment removes the white spots, the damaged finish must be treated with abrasives. If rubbing with ashes is not effective, go over the stained area with a mixture of rottenstone and linseed oil. Work with the grain of the wood, rubbing evenly on the entire surface, until the white haze disappears. If the spots are on a clearly defined surface, you may be able to remove the finish from this surface only; otherwise, the entire piece of furniture will have to be stripped. To remove dry paint or other materials, very carefully lift the surface residue with the edge of a putty knife. Test the stain on an inconspicuous unfinished part of the wood before working on the finished surface.
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To remove these white spots, first try polishing the surface with liquid furniture polish; buff the surface firmly.
To make your own gentle abrasive, mix cigarette ashes to a paste with a few drops of vegetable oil, light mineral oil, or linseed oil. As soon as the white spots disappear, stop rubbing and wipe the wood clean with a soft cloth. If neither rubbing nor reamalgamation removes the haze, the piece of furniture must be refinished. Lightly buff the stained area with a cloth moistened with mineral spirits; then rinse the wood with clean water on a soft cloth. To stain one area on a surface, use an oil-based stain that matches the surrounding stain. Apply the stain to the damaged area with an artists’ brush or a clean cloth, covering the entire bare area.