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Re: Antique Armoire with Super Dry Wood

Posted By: James Schooley <furnitureissues@earthlink.net> (0-1pool246-145.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 8/9/5 00:21

In Response To: Antique Armoire with Super Dry Wood (Melinda)

The best solution in my mind is to try to get a viscous oil to penetrate the wood. We use a Watco Oil Stain, clear or medium, dark, what ever you like. Add 25% turpentine to the stain and load the wood with this mix, repeat a couple times in a day. Wipe off the excess every half hour, let stand an hour and repeat. In a week apply a coat right from the can, repeat the coating and wiping once a week for a month. This can help dried out wood as well, do not place it in direct sun light and try to keep winter humidity above 30% in your home. A wax or finish can be applied over the Watco if you want greater build in a finish or more protection for the wood. Also the wood must be free from any finish prior to the oil staining. Be careful of the oily rags, soak in water before discarding.

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