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Questions about how to treat my wood cart.

So, I bought my Egg last summer with the wooden cart table.  I was going to stain and finish it, but the weather didn't really co-operate and it didn't happen.  Pulling it out this summer, there are some black stains on the main surface of the table, caused I suspect by setting the grill grate down on it, as well as leaks and drips from in front and back of the Egg itself.  I've sanded the stains off as best I can, but am looking at the next step.  Thinking about bleaching to get that whatever-it-is off before I proceed to staining and finishing.  So my question is, has anyone else dealt with this before, what did you do, how well did it work, and how long did it take?


  • billsmebillsme Posts: 42
    I'm surprised the black stains haven't sanded off, if they are burns they are surprisingly deep.  I got my used Large with a cart that was in rough shape and I was able to pressure wash my table pretty good (it's not a great table to start with).  Given that the sanding didn't work, I'm not sure a pressure washer would help in your situation.  If it is a mold, bleach may help but I would be certain to mix with a good amount of water.
  • ErikModiErikModi Posts: 26
    They're not burns, and the stains were definitely lessened by sanding.  I think it's more something that seeped into the wood, and I could probably get it out just sanding if I spent way too much time and effort and really stripping down the wood, which I'd rather not do for a variety of reasons.

    A web search about bleaching wood seems to recommend regular household bleach for most stains, including "black water stains," which I don't think these are but who knows.
  • cortguitarmancortguitarman Posts: 2,061
    Try TSP (trisodium phosphate). It can be found in the deck stain isle at your home center. It is made for cleaning decks and wood. I recommend Sikkens products for finishing. SRD is a deck/siding stain. I'm currently in the middle of a table build and I'm staining with Sikkens Door and Window.
    Mark Annville, PA
  • ErikModiErikModi Posts: 26
    I got stain and finish last summer, just didn't get a chance to use it.  I'll look into that, though, thanks!
  • ErikModiErikModi Posts: 26
    Oh. . . so would TSP be used instead of or in addition to bleach?
  • EldeElde Posts: 148
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,975
    Lowe's has a good degreaser... I'd skip the bleach.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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