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Re: Restoring Original Shine to Furniture

Posted By: Jim Cole (64-40-66-37.dialup.mebtel.net)
Date: 11/27/1 18:21

In Response To: Restoring Original Shine to Furniture (Adam Pflum)

Try a little lacquer thinner on the scratches. Just dampen them and then leave thm alone for a day, the white marks are broken finish and the thinner will remelt lacquer and flow it back in place. As for clean the pieces it really depends on the condition of the finish. If there is plenty of finish left on them and it is not crazed wash the pieces with soap and water. Do not soak them just dampen rinse and wipe dry. You may have to do this several times to get the accumulated grime off. Then try polishing gently with 0000 stell wool followed by automotive rubbing compound. This should restore most of the gloss. The hardware is brass plated and as you discovered will not stand harsh treatment. First wash the hardwared in lacquer thinner to remove any finish on it, then buff with a soft cloth and brasso to restore the shine.

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