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Re: Antique Armoire with Super Dry Wood

Posted By: Greg Scholl <beatkat@adelphia.net> (dialup-4.156.99.15.Dial1.Boston1.Level3.net)
Date: 8/12/5 10:57

In Response To: Re: Antique Armoire with Super Dry Wood (James Schooley)

" Also the wood must be free from any finish prior to the oil staining." An important point...do you know what kind of wood it is? Chances are a good a paste waxing with a "Restoters Wax" (these are the ones with toluene in them, but they're getting away from that solvent altogether..) will be all you need to do with this piece and you won't need to strip off all the old finish and therefore much of the patina as well....these formulas have waxes,color and solvents in them that amalgamate the surface and will rejuvinate the finish quickly and easily. Briwax, Liberon, Fiddes all have excellent products out there. Pick a color close to the current wood color, apply liberally in small circular motions, finshing off with long strokes with the grain, let dry 15-30 min's and buff off.You can then follow with a standard paste wax a few days later, and repeat every 6 months to a year....if there is a shellec finish on the piece, and that is in bad shape, further restoration steps may be necessary, like James has outlined, but my guess is you'll be able to bring this piece back with the above method....

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