Treating water-marked table top

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Dear Experts,

I’ve recently acquired a free table. It’s in very good condition except for some water marks on one leaf - photos below, though they aren’t very conspicuous on a photo. It’s a shame because the other half is perfect.

I’ve tried some silicone wax furniture polish which might have helped a bit, but not much.

This is wood veneer with some sort of lacquer / varnish.

What do you recommend? Should I polish it with something? Or should I lightly sand and use a spray varnish maybe?

Thanks!
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Hot iron over tissue will lift out the moisture causing the stain .Keep iron moving to avoid burning.
 
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Hot iron over tissue will lift out the moisture causing the stain .Keep iron moving to avoid burning.

Hmmm, well apparently not a hot iron. Try a cool iron and cautiously turn the temp up. I’ve managed to melt the varnish in one spot - instantly, when the hot iron touched it.

With a cooler iron the white, milky marks have faded. There are still some more damaged areas where the finish seems to have been lost, and some dark stains.
 
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The hot iron should not touch the table top only the tissue , with constant movement .
 
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The hot iron should not touch the table top only the tissue , with constant movement .

Right, exactly what I did, but the moment it touched the varnish melted into the tissue, leaving bits of tissue melted into the table top.
 
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Kitchen roll would have been better than something like a Kleenex tissue. It takes longer for the heat to penetrate so therefore isn't an 'instant' heat through a thin tissue.
 
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