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Re: cleaning cedar chest

Posted By: Jim Cole (64-40-66-110.dialup.mebtel.net)
Date: 12/5/1 21:14

In Response To: cleaning cedar chest (Melissa Dorris)

Claean the outside with mild soap and water. Don't soak it just dampen rinse and wipe dry. The inside should not be cleaned, but may be sanded lightly with 220 grit paper to release more cedar odor. Only the outsid of cedar chests should be finishe. Depending on the age it probably had either a shellac or lacquer finish originally. If it must be refinished it should be stripped and finished with lacquer. One or two light sealer coats followed by a light sandin with 320 grit will usuually seal and smooth cedar. Then 3 coats of lacquer followed by another light 320 sanding then rub out with 0000 wool. A top coat of paste wax will add a nice soft gloss to the piece.

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