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Re: Mirror frame

Posted By: James Schooley <furnitureissues@earthlink.net> (0-1pool247-229.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 8/15/5 23:00

In Response To: Mirror frame (Caroline)

Alcohol will remove latex paint and leave the gold leaf and any oil base finish alone. The process is time consuming and artist brushes and Q tips will be helpful. If the paint is an oil base then you may be faced with stripping as in most conventional situations. Depending on how your frame was finished, you may be able to fume the top coat of paint off the gold leaf. I do this with lacquer thinner and a closed container. I will use a box with plastic bag lining. Place an open tin of lacquer thinner into the box, lower the item into the box so that it rests free inside and is above the lacquer thinner. Close the box tightly and wait for 15 minutes, check to see how the white coat is reacting, if slow reaction then place it back into the box for longer. The paint will begin to wrinkle, you can draw the loosened paint from the surface with a canister (shop vac)vacuum cleaner and other tweeze type tools. Place saw dust into the vacuum cleaner to mingle with the paint chunks so as not to stick inside the canister and make a mess. After an area has been remover, wipe off remainder with naptha and a soft cotton cloth. Wax the finished job with a toluene free wax and buff to a satin shine.

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